Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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American architect Frank Gehry is responsible for this architectural masterpiece: this fantastic chrome and metal creation houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art, a continuation of the Guggenheim legacy.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Emanpee
    Sydney, Australia2,817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably the reason you came to Bilbao
    Tips - buy ticket on line for hassle free entry. Leave large bags and backpacks at home so don't have hassle of checking them in, and then collecting. Take a break at cafe or bistro but don't forget to get pass out BEFORE entering gift shop to exit to them. If any exhibit has a roped queuing line - do it when no one else is waiting. Doesn't matter where you start or finish. If staying nearby, go back in the evening after museum closed for exterior photos, we found the light fantastic and shots were people free. On the hour smoke display in water pond near Spider. Allow 4+ hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Jo K
    Worcester, United Kingdom6,700 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s been 7 years since last visit
    We lined up at 9.50am on a Wednesday. Opens at 10am. Lines not long to pay. If you are a student or senior it’s €9 which is half price. Take a small bag and a quick bag check and away you go. It’s been 7 years since I’ve last been here. I always go to top of museum and work my way down. That way you miss the crowds. But tbh it’s so big inside there is room for all. Toilets on every floor. I’m not sure who decides who’s good and not in art but I enjoyed it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Catherine G
    Nice, France1,266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice place
    Very interesting place. The architecture of the museum is very interesting and fabulous outside and also inside. There’s permanent exhibitions and also temporary ones. We saw paintings of Joan Miro which are very famous. I recommend if you are a little interested in art.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Wendywooo411
    Los Angeles, California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum wonder
    The Guggenheim is a wonder from top floor to first. Great art galleries and easy to get around. The Richard Serra pieces were really special! Gift shop was one of the best I've visited. They allow reentry if you want to take a break on the same day. We had lunch at Nerua and came back to complete our day.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • PThomas1985
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom352 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth spending an hour there, even if not an art fan
    I was advised by two or three people I should visit the Guggenheim while in Bilbao, even though I'm not an art fan at all. You can wander around the outside for free. The building itself is spectacular, and there are things around it worth seeing, including the FOG feature and the spider...called Mummy, I believe. I went inside too, 18 Euros if you pay on the day. Some quite impressive things inside, but a lot of it, I didn't 'get'. Having said that, it's definitely worth seeing if in the city, even if just for an hour
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 28, 2023
  • johnmurphyDublin
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth seeing
    Well worth seeing. I found the external of the building fascinating and brilliant in designing. If you don’t want to send the money paying to see inside I would say you have got 65% of the experience outside. They have nice cafe again which can accessed from outside without payment. Inside is quite spectacular but not a patch on outside building design. Be sure to take a walk at night time when the flame machine is operating. Good photo opportunities outside with Puppy and spider.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Santa Monica advisor
    Santa Monica, California38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary building. And Puppy!
    Beyond genius. I’d heard the hype but the place exceeds it. Exhibitions fine but the building?? My God. Unreal space and unique emotions walking in and around it. It has to be seen in person to be beloved. I know that’s been said but it really is a wonder if the world! And Puppy is pretty wild too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • barbaras
    Arnside, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    The building exterior is so magnificent we absolutely had to visit inside. I was struck by the vast space and play of daylight coming into the interior through the windows of the cathedral like space. Before touring the art galleries we had a coffee at the in-house cafe and then did the tour. The areas and artists are all well arranged and noted. Some of the installations had limited numbers and we had to wait but not for long and it was well organised. We could have spent another day to see and appreciate all that was on offer but we had limited time.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • irawine
    Benicia, California655 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Double Whammy
    Visiting this museum was a thrilling experience for my wife and I. Visitors here receive the “double whammy,” - the exhibits themselves and the spectacular architecture both inside and outside the building. This is a must see if you are heading to Bilbao.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • LMALopes
    200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent morning visiting the museum.
    Open at 10 am , book online your ticket. However no queue to enter or acquire the ticket. Great exhibitions, 2h00 to 2h30 visit duration . Amazing building . From Bilbau city centre 20 min walking along the river. I loved it .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
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GRAHAM C
Dunton Green, UK860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The most iconic of all buildings in Bilbao. The Puppy is the highlight along with The Spider, The Tulips and The Silver Balls.. ... but all of these are outside and easy accessible without paying an entrance fee. Anyone visiting Bilbao for the first time must see these and wonder at the architecture. Cameras at the ready. Now for the inside, brilliantly laid out, a great shop, good refreshments and toilet facilities BUT if you are not a great lover of modern art you will wonder why you bothered. Its worth doing some research to find out what is on show before spending your money.
Written April 14, 2020
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natters14
Portsmouth, UK2,549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The building is absolutely stunning! When I drove into Bilbao on arrival and first saw it, I got goosebumps, it’s so beautiful!

There are so many different angles - inside and outside - to experience the architecture and its well worth it. I was more impressed by this than the art itself but at only €12 it’s still worth paying for a ticket to look around.

The informal cafe has delicious food and drinks too and is worth a visit, if you can find a table or stand as I did.

The tram stops extremely nearby (& has its own stop) and due to its riverside location it’s nice to walk along here too.

Recommend!
Written March 8, 2020
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KLBOS
Burnham-On-Sea, UK1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You cannot go to Bilbao without visiting, it’s a stunning design and the light makes it look different every time you see it. It was very quiet in January so there were some fabulous photos. Even if you decide not to go inside you can see some of the permanent exhibits, the tulips, the red arches, the fog (on the hour throughout the day). The entrance fee was €13 euro as all floors were open. You have to really appreciate ‘art’ as there are some very weird exhibitions eg the Jesse Jones witchcraft (could scare some people). Allow a couple of hours to see things at leisure. There is a gift shop and cafe .
Written January 21, 2020
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Mike P
Cardiff, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a brilliant attraction to see in Bilbao. The art is very interesting and diverse, in terms of classic art and more modern pieces. The gallery offers a free bag hold service which was very useful. I would recommend people visit, then stop for a beer in the cafe at the museum.
Written January 30, 2020
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travelerted
Nashville, TN506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We were not given much time to wander through Bilbao as we were only in the port of a day. Taking time to walk the 'old town' area didn't leave near enough time to visit inside the museum but just walking around the outside is really amazing. The building itself is quite interesting, but the thing that really caught our (and many others) attention was the 'flower dog'. Not sure what the official name is but after it was first installed, it created such an interest they've kept it up. Well worth stopping by to take a photo or two!
Written February 6, 2020
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Michael P
Annapolis, MD280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The building is as much a part of the art as the art i'self. The audio guide is very good. There was so much walking involved that we decided to do floor 1 and 3 in the morning and then came back in the evening for floor 2 and the fire art display outside in the pool. The builFGinggv itself is fascinating as well as the unusual art displays.
Written January 18, 2020
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Evelina S
Benalmadena, Spain241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I'm usually not a "museum-person" but I really liked Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It was very spacious but not "filled to the brim" with things. The content also appealed to me and together with the audio guide, the whole experience was very nice. I also liked the fact that there was things to see both outside and inside the museum. A small detailed that I also liked was that you could lock up your wet embrella in the entrance. They had special "hangers" for that which I thought was very smart and useful. A small detail but still so great!
Written February 5, 2020
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AliFromBedford
Bedford, MA308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is intriguing structurally and has certainly made Bilbao a destination to visit. It's carefully crafted inside and out and well worth time spent both on the exterior and interior. We were impressed by the thoughtfulness given to current exhibits and how best to present them. The space is outstanding for massive art work that could not be well presented in other venues.
Written January 13, 2020
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MCKD20
Dublin, Ireland147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The building itself is absolutely fabulous. You can spend over an hour walking around, admiring the architecture and the many installations that are located outdoors, and soaking up the atmosphere. This is the best part, and it's free to do. Now, after you pay €18 to go inside, that's when things get a little disappointing. First of all, there is surprisingly little to see: you can see everything (at a very leisurely pace) in about one hour. Secondly, the works of art, as many have pointed out, are mostly mediocre and soulless (with a few exceptions). The crowds were also quite annoying: even on a weekday the place was uncomfortably full, which makes the experience hard to enjoy and defeats the point of booking a timeslot for your visit. Overall, I'm glad I went and experienced it but, if I'm ever back in Bilbao, I will stick to the outside areas only. Now, if you want to see some really good art in the city, the Fine Arts museum is far superior, costs only €7 and isn't crowded even on weekends. Now you know!
Written September 5, 2022
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Archana W
Chicago, IL240 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The exterior of the museum is fabulous. The inside is tough to follow because the audio guide doesn’t work well, which is ridiculous for paying 18 euros. If you like modern art you’ll probably appreciate it more than I did.
Written September 12, 2021
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