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Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Abandoibarra Hiribidea, 2, Bilbao, Bizkaia, 48009

The Basics

The Guggenheim is Bilbao’s most popular attraction, and the facade is all but impossible to miss. Those who want to tour the collection have many options to choose from. Explore the exterior and interior on a guided small-group tour, or gain insight into the collection and architecture with a private guide and customized tour. It’s also possible to visit on a day trip from San Sebastian or as part of a multi-day itinerary through northern Spain.

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Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
star-4.5
$71.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A small town full richness
Just so surprised about Bilbao The ambience, people walking along the river , music in the streets , So cheerful The weather was absolutely perfect , sunny . The architecture , magnificent. As the food of course.
Isabelle_P, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Bilbao

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The tour was beyond...
Paul_F, May 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
The tour was beyond expectations. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant company. The highlight of our visit to Bilboa
star-5
Mrs. Miriam was very,...
Phil_C, May 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Mrs. Miriam was very, very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed our tour as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao was a must see for us.
star-5
Best guide ever !
Mark_W, May 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Miriam was an exceptional guide whose knowledge was vast and interesting. It was the perfect overview for a whistle stop tour.
star-5
Juan was very kind and...
Carina_A, May 2022
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
Juan was very kind and nice. He is a good English speaker and also knows a lot about the museum and hidden stories.
star-5
Very worthwhile tour
Sarah_K, Apr 2022
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
Wonderful tour with Javier who is hugely knowledgable & enthusiastic during an enjoyable 2 hour tour. We found the guided tour added so much to the experience of the museum inside and outside, particularly given the modern nature of the collection. Very highly recommend this tour which was the highlight of our trip to Bilbao.
star-4
Nice introduction to Bilbao
Joanne_M, Oct 2021
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch
Bego, our guide, was lovely and knowledgeable. Overall, the tour was quite nice. We got a great sense of the town and a few good sites in between.
star-5
Fantastic Tour with an expert guide
Grahame_C, Jan 2020
Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour
Our guide was Iker Bardaji and he was tremendous through the entire day, explaining the main exhibits of the Guggenheim and its architecture and the main sights of Bilbao.He took us to the old town and to an amazing Pintxos bar where he had pre arranged a table for us.He also taught us a lot about the Basque culture. 100/100 good
star-5
Excellent tour and guide
Y4386WZthomast, Oct 2019
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -3 h)
My husband and I did this tour. We signed up on line Knowing where to go was interesting so we wandered around a bit. The entrance is by the big puppy planter. Once you know that it is quite straight forward. Our guide met us there. Javier was excellent. He gave us all the details and without him we would not have gotten as much out of the museum.
star-5
Wonderful tour
chavezlarry6, Oct 2019
Bilbao city and Guggenheim Museum small group tour
We had a great tour, our tour guide Begonia was vastly knowledgeable, concerned with our comfort level and a very nice person.
star-5
Great experience!!!
Stella_C, Jul 2019
Bilbao city and Guggenheim Museum small group tour
Had a wonderful time from start to end! Helena our tour guide was right on time to pick us up from the hotel and was knowledgeable and very helpful the entire time.
star-5
Perfect tour inside and outside the museum!
Michael_N, Apr 2022
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
Javier explained very animatedly the history of the museum and its details outside and the permanent exhibitions inside the museum. He was patient (with our kids) and animating at the same time. The tour took at least 3 hours. Javier was very flexible to meet our individual requests. We strongly recommend this tour as we would have missed out main elements of the Guggenheim experience otherwise.
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Bilbao Guggenheim
Liz_V, Jun 2019
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -3 h)
Javier was excellent. Passionate, informative and gave us a generous amount of time to ask questions and look and the art. Top notch...thanks for making our trip to Bilbao memorable

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a must-see for art lovers and first-time visitors.

  • Choose between a single admission ticket or a combo ticket that includes entrance to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

  • Bring a light jacket during the summer months, as the temperature inside the galleries can be quite cool.

  • No photography of any kind is allowed inside the museum.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible, and free wheelchairs are available for use.

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How to Get There

The Guggenheim Museum is situated in the center of Bilbao. It’s walkable from most areas of the city center, or you could ride the tram to the Guggenheim stop, metro to the Moyua stop, or any number of public buses.

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When to Get There

The Guggenheim Museum is closed Monday and busiest on weekends. Rainfall is plentiful in the Basque Country, and the museum is a good option for a gloomy morning or afternoon.

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Construction of the Guggenheim

This distinctly Gehry-esque museum was built on a former wharf in Bilbao between 1993 and 1997 using some 33,000 thin titanium sheets, along with limestone and glass. The iconic American architect designed the museum to harmonize with its surroundings, and the color of the exterior changes based on weather and light conditions. Since the design was so mathematically complicated, Gehry relied on software designed for the aerospace industry to help translate his concept into reality.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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