Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 85%Local Culture
- 85%Family Travelers
- 82%History Buffs
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- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 6
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao opened its doors to the public in October 1997. It is one of the most important centres of modern and contemporary art in the world. The outstanding design of the building by Frank O. Gehry makes the Guggenheim in Bilbao one of the most significant constructions of the 20th century. It is a huge futuristic structure and a 10-foot dog made from flowering plants by the American artist Jeff Koons guards the entrance.Recommended for:
- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10
The main attraction of Bilbao. If you're into art and design this museum is a must visit. The edgy museum design itself is already an attraction on its own. The place has 3 floors, the ground floor hosted more of the permanent art of the museum while the top floor is more for special exhibition. Audio guide or a guided tour are available to accompany your visit.Recommended for:
- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to Review
Gayle and I stopped at the Guggenheim as we were travelling from Santillana del Mar down to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We had seem the pictures of this Frank Gehry designed building, listened to the hype, and since we were in the area, why not? And for a guy who get's really nervous driving within European Cities, the Museum is pretty easy to find. Nearby (and relatively inexpensive) parking at the nearby Mall helped too. We also visited on a Saturday that was some sort of Anniversary, so admission was free.
The Building itself is the most notable modern art at the Guggenheim. It's cool, spacious, and stunning inside and out. As for the collections, I enjoyed the abstract paintings and had fun walking around Richard Serra's huge "Matter of Time" structures. Past that, I've seen better at both the Reina Sofia in Madrid and Museu Colecção Berardo in Belem (Portugal). As such, Gayle and I spent more time within and outside of the Building, than looking at the exhibitions. There's also a handsome 2-story gift shop and fine dining available on the premises.
One of the most impressive features of Frank Gehry's curvy titanium design is how it interacts with the City (and in fluid harmony with the River), and how Bilbao has apparently interacted with the Museum since. Looking at the nearby La Salve Bridge is a case in point. Gayle and I got to see this again at the Marqués de Riscal "City of Wine" in La Rioja, also designed by Frank Gehry.Recommended for:
- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7
The major attraction of the city, the museum is indeed a beautiful huge sculpture. Interesting interior structure, well organized. Great permanent exhibitions of major contemporary names as Jeff koons, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, etc. temporary exhibition of Brasilian Ernesto Neto was interesting, interactive, appealing to sounds, smells and touch. Too many people, as one could expect, buy tickets in advance to avoid lines.Recommended for:
- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14
One of the most stunning modern architecture I have seen in Europe. You need to spend a few hours inside to fully appreciate the meaning of seemingly simple art. We were lucky to have a great guide who helped us think of how these great works if art were made.
- Museo Guggenheim BilbaoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
The building and the public statutes surrounding it, outshine the art work inside I think. In the rain, the building seems to shiver and move, much like the river it resides on. Loved the Flower Puppy by Jeff Koon and the Spider Maman by Louise Bourgeois out back is equally impressive.