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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
USD69.33 per adult
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Boom Boom Gug
Sergio was excellent. Knowledgeable doesn’t start to explain how good he is. The tour was all around inside and out.
Sean_T, Jul. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Bilbao

star-5
Nice tour of the sites with knowledgable guide.
Katherine_K, Jul. 2022
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch
The excursion was so much fun. It was a hot day, though, and we did not climb to the church on the hill. There just wasn't enough time. Bilbao was good to see and we had a quick and nice lunch. The Guggenheim Museum was beautiful but we wish we had more time for the museum. Overall, though, I would recommend.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour of the Guggenheim
Roula_D, Jul. 2022
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
Javier was a knowledgeable guide, who made sure we got to see the best of the Guggenheim museum, and its displays, both inside and outside. It was very interesting to hear about the history and build of the museum, in the context of Bilbao’s history; and the permanent exhibitions and artworks were well-explained. We got plenty of time to take it all in, and would highly recommend going through the museum with a guide.
star-5
Five Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
susannah_Q, Jul. 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
5*****We booked the 1.5 hour tour with Mr Santiago and it was fantastic! His knowledge and vocabulary were exceptional. It brought the museum’s history and art works to life. Highly recommended. V good value for unforgettable experience
star-5
Guggenheim and Bilbao
Marsha_E, Jul. 2022
Full-day private Bilbao tour (Guggenheim museum & full pintxo lunch included)
Ana provided us with a wonderful tour of Bilbao. She was able to comprehensively explain the exhibits at the Guggenheim, which we so enjoyed. She tailored the overview of the city to our family, and the funicular trip to see Bilbao from above was a highlight. We would highly recommend this tour and Ana as a guide!
star-5
Master tour guide
Steven_R, Jun. 2022
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -2 h)
This is one of the best tours I have ever had. Javier spent 3 1/2 hours with us, three people, more than an hour longer than scheduled. His enthusiasm for Bilbao and the Guggenheim were infectious, and he was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. This is a master tour guide. Don’t miss him when you are in Bilbao
star-5
A must do experience
Satwinder_J, Jun. 2022
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch
This tour had a fantastic mix of everything which is why we chose it in a first place. A medium hike in a preserved ecological area with amazing views, lunch in a historic part of Bilbao and the Guggenheim! Our tour operator was prompt with communication before the tour, and our guide Joselu was friendly, knowledgeable and the source of many great conversations and insights. Would highly reccomend the investment to check this out! Thank you so much!
star-5
The hour and1/2 tour was...
Mary_D, Jun. 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
The hour and1/2 tour was perfect. Got to see everything and had time after to view on our own. Miriam is a great guide.
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
Excellent tour with a wonderful guide
Doug_M, May 2022
Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour
Daniel collected us from our cruise ship in Getxo. His English is excellent, he is knowledgeable and a great conversationalist. He took us first to the museum and explained the history of the area and the significance of the redevelopment. The Guggenheim was not guided so we spent about 90 minutes enjoying the museum and met back up for the second part of the tour in the old town. We wandered the streets and learned some history of Bilbao, enjoyed lunch and returned to the ship. We would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to avoid the large group tours.
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.
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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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