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“The building is better than its art!”

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
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Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
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Bilbao Private Walking Tour with Guggenheim Museum
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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.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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“The building is better than its art!”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We drove into Spain from Biarritz on a day trip and wanted to visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum. We found it and an underground car park quite easily. It was a hot sunny day and the area was not busy at all. Next to the museum was a tourist office where we were given a map of the city and nearby was the bus stop for the City Sightseeing Bus Tour.
We entered the Guggenheim with expectation of wonderful things as the exterior was stunning.
However, like many people, we were disappointed. The rooms were huge with few exhibits in each resulting in a very tiring visit to see less than one expected. A few exhibits were interesting and enjoyable but the vast majority were either insignificant, pointless or simply boring.
From inside the building, one could access a few exhibits on the outside - a colourful display of large spoons, some silver balloons, a huge spider etc with the river in the background. These were all interesting but I would rather have visited the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao had I known what this was like. The Guggenheim has a little café with a small menu and a bookshop but both were not well patronised. Once outside, we took the Bus Tour and thoroughly enjoyed seeing what the rest of Bilbao offers. We saw magnificent buildings and would have loved to spend longer seeing other more worthwhile things but we had to get back to France via a stopover in San Sebastien

Visited May 2013
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“A modern financial miracle - and a work of art”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We visited the Guggenheim as part, the major part, of our visit to Bilbao; what an amazing building. It is a stunning centrepiece to a very attractive city and in itself, when you hear the story of how it was built and with whose money, is a modern economic miracle that has funded itslf twenty times over. As a museum it is a bit beyond my tastes, part of it I got and understood, a lot of it I did not, but I was blown away by the size of it and the achievment that it represents.

Visited May 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“The Guggenheim is a work of art in itself”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We have to admit that we didn't have time to go inside the Guggenheim but from the outside, the building is a work of art in itself and is well worth seeing. It sits very nicely into its location beside the river and nestled between the hills in the beautiful city of Bilbao. Thew new bridge across the river is an excellent point for taking very nice photographs.

Visited May 2013
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“A masterpiece.”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Our visit to Bilbao was to visit the Guggenheim and it did not disappoint! Not all of the art did we like but it did not matter as the building itself was art. Both inside and outside there are things to marvel at. You need to do this museum at your leisure to see all of the details both inside and out. The cafeteria is a good place to take a break although a little overpriced but still a nice place to visit with strangers while sharing a table.

Visited April 2013
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“Good 4 hours”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

A terrific place to walk through and the listening tour was well pitched. The building is just mind blowing from every angle inside and out

Visited May 2013
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