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  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Explore the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum with a private guide, and spend 1.5 hours admiring exciting art and architecture from around the world with an official guide -- an expert on modern art. Marvel at the exterior of the iconic building, including Jeff Koons' famous ‘Puppy,' and then head inside to discover contemporary and modern art galore. See timeless masterpieces like Joseph Beuy’s ‘Lightening with Stag in its Glare’ and learn about Expressionist art movements from your guide.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour private tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum with an official museum guide
  • Admire the chrome exterior of the Frank Gehry-designed building
  • Pose for pictures next to Jeff Koons' Puppy feature
  • See incredible works of contemporary art like Joseph Beuys’s Lightning with Stag in its Glare
  • Learn of the ideas behind Richard Serra's Expressionist masterpieces

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

© FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Bilbao 2013, Erika Barahona Ede. All rights reserved.

Meet your private guide outside the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and start your tour with a walk around the outside to admire the museum’s attention-grabbing exterior. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the chrome building is said to be one of the most-talked-about pieces of European architecture of the late 20th century. Jeff Koons' Puppy guards the entrance, so pose for pictures by the 39-foot (12-meter) model of a dog made entirely out of flowers, and then head inside the museum itself.

Only official art-expert guides are allowed to operate tours inside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, so rest assured that you'll have somebody at your side who can talk you through the meanings of the collection's many masterpieces. Showcasing modern and contemporary art by a range of international artists, the Guggenheim’s collections span from the mid-20th century to the present day. See it all as you walk around with your guide, passing through the Atrium – an exhibition in its own right – and around the collections that are spread around three levels.

Learn about theatrical installations such as Joseph Beuys’s Lightning with Stag in its Glare, and see works by other hugely influential artists such as Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer and Richard Long. Hear tales of Basque modern art and see intriguing features like Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time.

If you would like to focus on one section of the museum more than another, then simply let your guide know! The exact itinerary is flexible. After 1.5 hours, your tour finishes inside the museum and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Ms. Zorione was a gem and made our visit special. She was very knowledgeable about the region's history, art and sculpture in the museum and of course, the architecture of the museum itself. Just a real pleasure to spend the morning with her at the Guggenheim!

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2013

Our guide was not very good. He really did not know that much about the museum or the art. His English was not good. For the high cost of the tour it was a real disappointment..

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