Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The museum was inaugurated in 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, with an exhibition of 250 contemporary works of art. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.

One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a 'signal moment in the architectural culture', because it represents 'one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something', according to architectural critic Paul Goldberger. The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.



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Founded: 1997
Category: Museums in Spain


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Comrade Sembe (7 months ago)
Gorgeous outside decoration. especially on big spider that really got all my attention including detailed. and also street show. Spent really long time to view this show.
Germán de la Fuente (12 months ago)
Amazing and very interesting place ?
Omar Alzoubi (12 months ago)
One of the most amazing museums I’ve ever had been in. The art and science are fit together to produce a masterpiece of cultural transformation.
Tarik Baad (12 months ago)
Was a good experience. I wish we had more time to see everything but I'm positive about coming back to visit it again in the future.
Emilie Bisnaire (13 months ago)
The architecture of this museum is simply beautiful, from the inside and out. I looked the variety of styles of artefact they had ranging from photography to sculptures to paintings and installations. Their exhibitions are also very cool. It's a MUST while visiting Bilbao!
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