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  • Address: Abandoibarra Hiribidea, 2
  • Hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 8pm, closed Monday. July and August open every day.
  • Admission: Adults: €13 Senior: €7.50; Groups: €11; Students: (under 26 years) €7.50

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Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

Inaugurated in 1997, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is hailed as one of the most important architectural works of its time. Within its undulating and reflecting walls, you’ll find a rotating artistic wonderland of both modern and contemporary art.

The conception of this iconic museum was born out of a grand mission to revitalize Spain’s fourth-largest city, considered one of the nation’s most critical ports. Traditionally an industrial metropolis, the creation of Bilbao’s cutting-edge museum generated -- in its first three years -- over four million tourist visits and enough economic activity and taxes to more than pay for its cost.

During a trip to the riverside museum, you can wander its over 100 exhibitions, all interconnected and arranged around the central light-filled atrium. While most of its exhibitions are rotating – typically presented in themes – you should be sure to check out some of its most famous permanent pieces, such as the steel swirls of The Matter of Time, the giant and gangly-looking Maman spider, and the colorful and almost cuddly flower-covered Puppy. Meanwhile, you can consult the museum website to find out what is currently on display, and what’s on the horizon.

Practical Info

Bilbao is situated in Spanish Basque Country, just about an hour by train away from the city of San Sebastián. Student and senior rates are available (with ID), and children under the age of 12 enter for free. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

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