• Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Immerse yourself in the artistic wonder of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum with a private guide on a cultural 1.5-hour tour. Accompanied by your accomplished guide, explore the enthralling exhibitions of the museum in order to discover contemporary and modern art masterpieces; see timeless masterworks like Joseph Beuy’s ‘Lightning with Stag in its Glare’ and gaze at Jeff Koons’ colossal sculpture ‘Puppy’. Gain fascinating insight into different art movements and hear tales of the intriguing lives of some of the artists during this culturally enriching exploration.

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.

Greet your knowledgeable guide outside the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and begin your tour by admiring the eccentric exterior of the museum; designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the distinctive structure caused quite a stir among European architects upon completion. Capture photographs beside the 39-foot (12-meter) sculpture of Puppy, a colossal canine made entirely from flowers, and them enter the museum. 

Discuss your personalized itinerary then listen as your qualified, art-expert guide directs your attention to some of the gallery’s most significant masterpieces; see varied examples of art from a collection that spans from the mid-20th century to the present day. Admire the aesthetics of art scattered over three floors and appreciate the artful lighting and creative arrangement of the exhibitions. 

Gain insight into the inspiration behind theatrical installations such as Joseph Beuy’s Lightning with Stag in its Glareb, and peruse pieces from painting pioneers such as Jenny Holzer, Richard Long and Francesco Clemente. Engage with tales of the antics of famous Basque artists and note how the surrounding landscape has inspired some of the pieces. 

After 1.5-hours of exploration, bid farewell to your guide and continue to explore the museum independently if you desire.

Customer Reviews

Mari Pamela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide, Mikel was very excellent and very knowledgeable. He gave us a very detailed tour of the museum and its collections.

auntlynda1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Maria was a wonderful guide! SHe was available to speak about anything! MAde GOod suggestions for further ventures.

mikebarb.mccabe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Susannah was simply the best. Being the education director how could anyone ask for more. She more than informed, she educated. We did not want the tour to stop. Actually we ran over our allotted time because we enjoyed her so much. We felt privileged to have Susannah as our guide.

Catherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Bilbao was such a lovely surprise! Its a very clean and beautiful smaller sized city with the Bilbao River running through it. Its not as touristy as more of the popular Spanish cities, which was a nice change, as we were visiting in the peak tourist time. Once an industrial town it's now the home of the Guggenheim Museum, which is a fascinating museum of modern art and sculptures and other guest art exhibitions. A must see in Bilbao! The old town of Casco Viejo in the Centre is delightful with its cobblestone streets, shops, cafes, pinxtos bars and more along its cobblestone malls, overlooked by ornately terraced balconies. Walks along the river are so picturesque! This was our favourite place so far! A trip on the vernicular is worth a visit to give you a fabulous view over the city of Bilbao. Plenty to see and do here, so well worth it if visiting the Basque country of Spain.

Bilbao is also a stepping stone to San Sebastion, about 1 hr 2 min by bus away. San Sebastian is Spains answer to the French Riviera! Stunning spot with a beautiful beach and lots of tourists!.

Franz M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Absolutely fabulous guide. Sergio was well informed knowledgeable and willing to share and help us understand the history of the Foundation as well as the collections and architecture. He made our Guggenheim tour much more meaningful than we could have done ourselves. Our only regret was not having the cash to tip him. Even though the tour is expensive we would have added something for him and felt bad being unable to do so.

Letitia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a fabulous trip and tour. Couldn't have been better.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent, informative private tour by a great guide. My guide was early and keen. He knew his topic and was very giving with his time. I can highly recommend this tour if you want an experience taking in the history of the building, architecture and art.

Sandra D

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!

James A W

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

My guide was very knowledgeable and accomadating. Enjoyed my time with him and learned a lot.

Robert E

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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