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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao) Tours

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao)
With over 10,000 works of Spanish, European, and Basque art spanning from the Middle Ages to present day, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao) is one of the most-visited museums in the Basque Country. Highlights include masterpieces from El Greco, Francisco de Goya, and Mary Cassatt, plus regular temporary exhibits.

Basics
Set entirely within Doña Casilda Park, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is just a stone’s throw from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and offers a classic complement to the modernist venue. Take a guided tour of the two museum buildings to learn more about their permanent and temporary collections, or stop by as part of a broader Bilbao city tour. Alternatively, opt for a private tour of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum for a deep dive into its extensive collection. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There’s an onsite cinema and gift store, plus a coffee shop serving sandwiches, salads, and beverages.
  • Guided Spanish-language tours of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum are held every Saturday and Sunday, and English-language audio-guides are available for a small fee.
  • Disabled visitors and those aged 25 and below always enter for free.
  • Ramps and elevators, as well as accessible bathrooms, mean the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.

How to Get There
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is situated in the Abando district and is easily accessible both on foot and via public transit. Moyuá, the closest metro station, is just a 5-minute walk from the museum, while the closest tram stops are Abandoibarra and Guggenheim. Alternatively, look for the Bilbobus routes that stop at Museo Plaza, Alameda Rekalde, or Gran Vía.

When to Get There
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from mid-morning until evening. The museum is always closed on Tuesdays, as well as Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and King’s Day. Arrive early to avoid the worst crowds, or visit during the two hours prior to closing for free entry to the permanent collection.

Art in Bilbao
Art lovers in Spain shouldn’t overlook the northern city of Bilbao, home to both the impressive Fine Arts Museum and the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim. Known for its stellar collection of contemporary artworks and mirrored modernist architecture, the Guggenheim is perhaps the city’s most popular art institution, although smaller art galleries like Vanguardia and Sala Rekalde are also worth a visit.  
Address: Museo Plaza, 2, Bilbao 48009, Spain
Admission: Varies
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up

Private 4-hour City Tour of Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up

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Maximize your time in Bilbao with a private guide and a sightseeing tour tailor-made for you. Explore Bilbao’s atmospheric Old Town and Ensanche neighborhood, browse the stalls at the La Ribera market, and marvel at architectural wonders such as the Guggenheim Museum, San Mames Stadium, and Bilbao Cathedral. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$452.05
Price varies by group size
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US$452.05
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CERTAL SETS TOURS: BILBAO Museums Museums Vip Experience (5 hours)

CERTAL SETS TOURS: BILBAO Museums Museums Vip Experience (5 hours)

Guided visit to the two museums of Bilbao: Museum of Fine Arts and Guggenheim, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In addition, a delicious menu to taste at lunch.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$305.04
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US$305.04

Bilbao: Museum of Fine Arts Private Guided Tour

Bilbao: Museum of Fine Arts Private Guided Tour

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Explore the history of Spain and its traditions from a different perspective with a 2-hour private tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao. Discover exceptional works of art with an expert guide as you take a journey through the history of Spanish art. Enter the museum with your guide without having to wait in line at the box office. Then, marvel at the works of painters of various artistic periods, and admire multiple pictorial styles and historical events seen from the perspective of some of the best artists in the world. Be amazed by the anatomical prints of Ribera and the disturbing themes in the "Black Paintings" by Francisco de Goya. Finally, visit a hidden area of the museum to take a look at 19th century avant-garde alternative genre paintings from the Basque Country.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$71.38
Price varies by group size
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Tour Bilbao in a Vintage VW

Tour Bilbao in a Vintage VW "Beetle"

Enjoy this private guided experience visiting Bilbao from one of our vintage VW "Beetle" that you can rent according to your taste. You will tour the most famous icons of the city including the Guggenheim Museum, Casco Viejo, San Mamés Stadium, Zubizuri Bridge or Ensanche District among others ... It will include two special stops: first you will savor a typical Pintxo and a Rioja wine in the Plaza Nueva and then you can ascend in Funicular to Mount Artxanda where you can appreciate a magnificent panoramic view of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$177.25
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