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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Marta Szumiata (3 months ago)
Free entrance. Everything in Spanish only. Mostly modern art. Quick visit.
Zoe (4 months ago)
Bite-sized fine arts museum with interesting pairings of artists.
Jo Bell (5 months ago)
Beautiful and thought-provoking displays, which put classic and contemporary pieces side by side. Not a massive gallery, but worth an hour's visit.
Froblog PL (6 months ago)
Interesting collection of Basque artists and some pieces of international artists (Gaugin, Van Dyck). Free of charge. The descriptions are in Spanish and Basque only, you can read them in English on the museum’s website (available under a handy QR code in the exhibition).
T.J. Crafter (11 months ago)
Nice museum, not as much art as expected. Multiple rooms filled with large air balloons, unsure if this was an art installment (may have missed the sign) but nothing more than giant inflatable cushions that weren't doing much for the eyes or mind
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