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Review of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
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Guggenheim Bilbao Inside and Outside Tour
Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Bilbao
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Owner description: 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.
Perpignan, France
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“Elegant Trash Can”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is probably the most elegant rubbish bin in the world - beautiful outside, but filled with trash.

In truth, though, it is not actually "filled"; being a modern art museum there is a lot of empty space. The empty space is in fact the best part of the interior.

We were treated to, amongst other things, a kitchen display with a talking cat, and a set of kitchen gadgets on a table; there are better displays in your local IKEA, and they don't charge €11 to see them.

Of course you might enjoy seeing the giant ashtray with stubbed-out cigarettes - perhaps this is now art because smoking is illegal everywhere and such displays are rare!

If you are in Bilbao, enjoy the Guggenheim from the outside - the only reason to venture inside is to help pay the salary of the bored-looking security guards; though what needs to be protected in this pitiable display is beyond me!

Visited January 2013
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“Great architecture, so so exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

It's worth the trip to Bilbao to see this amazing building. However, the permanent exhibits are rather boring to my taste. They had a temporary exhibit of Shiele which was fascinating.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The architecture of this magnificent building designed by Frank Geherty is daunting. How can someone have such incredible vision? The exhibitions are spacious so even on a crowded day you will get to see everything. The maze is fabulous.
We hired a car from Biarrtiz and drove to Bilboa to spend the day at the museum. You will not be disappointed, this place is extraordinary and his use of glass and stainless steel is beyond description.
Afterwards walk through the old town of Bilboa where you will find many tapas bars offering some of the most creative and delicious morsels of food you could wish for and at very reasonable prices.

Visited August 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonder of the World!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We travlled to Bilbao just to visit the Guggenheim and it did not disappoint! The building is without a doubt one of the wonders of the world, and the art inside is absolutely mindblowing, especially 'The Matter of Time' by Richard Serra, and Tulips by Jeff Koons! Make sure you visit Bilbao, if only to see the Guggenheim!

Visited January 2013
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Berlin
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“Box and content outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This place should be part of any itinerary in Europe. The link between the building's architecture and the art being presented is strong and serves both by mutually heightening the impression either leaves with the visitor. Not unlike the original Guggenheim by Frank Lloyd Wright. Add to this the recultivated riverside sculpture garden adjacent to the museum and the improvements and careful renovations throughout the surrounding town of Bilbao and you have a perfect destination for a three-day trip. Presuming you like Frank Gehry's work, of course.

Visited June 2012
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