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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #3 of 113 things to do in Bilbao
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. It is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country and one of the richest Spanish museums outside Madrid. It houses a valuable and quite comprehensive collection of Basque, Spanish and European art from the Middle Ages to contemporary.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

A good mix of classic and modern art, one of the temporary exhibitions was one by Mikel Díez Alaba. I have never seen any work by this artist before and it was well worth a visit. A must see exhibition.

Visited March 2014
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

It has much more inside it than the famous Guggenheim. Though there were no top-tier works (a few Braques, though), the collection does a good job of representing Spanish artists from medieval times to present.

There is an especially-pleasing collection of contemporary art.

Visited March 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“What a contrast to the Guggenheim!”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

A real contrast to the Guggenheim but modern nevertheless!
Contains an interesting selection of mainly Spanish and Basque art. Not stuffy or overwhelming as not too big. Nice small cafe and good shop.

Visited February 2014
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Vermont
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“The "other" museum in Bilbao”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Anyone who visits Bilbao for the Guggenheim Museum should not overlook the nearby Museo de Bellas Artes. This museum has a fine collection of mostly Spanish art of past centuries housed in a traditional 19th century building. But for us the big attraction was the modern wing, beautifully designed and added onto the original building, featuring a wonderful, choice collection of painting and sculpture. The bulk of the work is Spanish, with emphasis on Basque artists, and a few excellent pieces by well-known world artists. There are collections of works by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida, and our particular favorite, Jorge Oteiza.

If you respond to the work of Oteiza, you should consider a day trip to the Fundacion-Museo Oteiza located on the outskirts of Pamplona, 2 hours away by bus.

The Fine Arts Museum also has space for special exhibitions, a quality bookstore/gift shop and a small café. Outdoor sculptures are placed all around the outside of the museum and a nearby park makes this an attractive place to linger.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great selection of art pieces”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

To a lay-man like me, I thought this museum did a great job of showcasing key works from as early as the 12th Century, up till the 21st Century. It was also fascinating to be able to see all these works in one afternoon! I highly recommend the visitor to get the audioguide so that you can better appreciate the context and meaning of the pieces.

Visited February 2014
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