Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Bilbao, Spain

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country, after the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and one of the richest Spanish museums outside Madrid. It houses a valuable and quite comprehensive collection of Basque, Spanish and European art from the Middle Ages to contemporary, including paintings by old masters like El Greco, Cranach, Murillo, Goya, Van Dyck, Ruisdael and Bellotto, together with 19th century and modern: Sorolla, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Henri Le Sidaner, James Ensor, Peter Blake, Francis Bacon and Richard Serra.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao was established in 1908. After moving through various venues, the final headquarters were built in 1945, in a great neoclassical building that was to undertake paths expansions in 1970 and 2001 to house the growing museum collection.

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Museo Plaza 2, Bilbao, Spain
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Founded: 1908
Category: Museums in Spain

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Emma Deng (37 days ago)
Nice museum stuff; but the architecture map sold in the bookshop with very little info (hidden in a plastic bag)is not worth its price - 9 euros.
Lenny van Erp (38 days ago)
Beautiful art in a nice and pieceful museum. It would have been perfect if there were some benches to sit on, and if there were more English descriptions for foreign visitors like me...
Josh Jackson (7 months ago)
Better collection of art pieces than the Guggenheim (but admittedly the building isn't as cool!) with a very cool approach to organizing the collection by related words.
Christine Grew (8 months ago)
This is a great museum, creatively arranged paintings and sculptures.... alphabetically from A to Z. For example there is one room based on F for Family, another on H for House. This means that paintings old and new, and of different artists are displayed together in refreshing combinations. It took us an hour and a half to go round but you could take longer.
Shalinder Singh (9 months ago)
The Museum of Fine Arts is a must visit if you like classic art. The building is a classic art deco building. The numerous galleries house some of the most important works of the great Spanish artists including Goya. Take your time to enjoy the art at display. Should take about 2-3 hours. Enjoy. Do remember to take you headphones.
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