Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum
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.