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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 -3 h)
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -3 h)
star-4.5
$111.97 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour and guide
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.
Y4386WZthomast, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Bilbao

star-5
Amazing!
James_D, Sep 2021
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Santiago, our guide, was absolutely fantastic! We had a private tour due to my husband’s walking disability. Santiago was waiting for us at the Puppy. He was so knowledgeable about the artists and structure of the building. His many interesting anecdotes about the structures, art, and artists made the tour very memorable. Our tour was supposed to be an hour and a half but Santiago did not rush us and we spent a full 2 hours with him.
star-5
Must Do Guggenheim Tour!
Michelle_S, Jul 2021
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Santiago was the most informative tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and even provided interesting insider information. This tour was totally worth it and highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic Tour with an expert guide
grahamec588, 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
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!!!
stellaunabia, 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
Bilbao Guggenheim
Journey49298178222, 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
star-5
Bilbao
HeustonB, Dec 2019
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Our tour guide gave us an exceptional personal tour that made great use of our hour and half. He was so well informed and educated on Bilbao and it's history. He had stories about all the artist, architects, finical backers and how they all came together. Simply amazing and so well worth the cost of the personal tour, it enriches the time you have in this unique one of kind Museum. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great tour, good context for this...
Susan R, Oct 2017
Magic at the Guggenheim Museum (inside and outside -3 h)
Great tour, good context for this building and its setting and history. Lots of information. Magnificent building.
star-5
Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
Explore278046, Nov 2019
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
Everything about the tour was excellent. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and we all agreed w wished it had been longer. I strongly recommend this tour with our guide! Truly amazing he was.
star-4
Nice trip
Tristan T, Sep 2019
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch
Comfortable ride in vehicle with tour guide. Nice lady. Gaztelugatxe is fantastic. The hike was fun and somewhat challenging but totally worth it. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was just ok although I am not a big museum fan and the display there was so so. The pintxos bar we ate on the tour in Bilbao was just average but then again it's difficult to compete with the pintxos bars in San Sebastian. I am glad I did not stay in Bilbao on our trip as San Sebastian is much more exciting and fun.
star-5
What a nice surprise.
Molly T, Jul 2018
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour with lunch
This was a great day. I didn't know much about Gaztelugatxe, but it was beautiful. The walk to the chapel and back can be a bit of a challenge if you're only on so so shape, but soooooo worth it. After seeing Gaztelugatxe, we headed to Bilbao. We saw a few city sites then headed to lunch. Unfortunately, it started pouring down rain, but we all made the most of it. Lunch was great, and even better that it was included in the price. The Guggenheim was quite a site to see. My only recommendation for the company would be to clean up the car a bit, as first impressions are important, however our guide was great and the small group was just my family of 4, plus 1 more. I looked at other tours that went to Bilbao and toured the Guggenheim and the others were twice as much. This is a great tour and awesome value.
star-5
Recommended
reisermedfamilie, Jul 2019
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour
The guide to the Guggenheim was excellent--highly knowledgeable, adaptive, excellent speaking skills, inclusive and informative. She provided the information and tools for us to appreciate the building and the contents of museum on a much higher level, providing us with many pleasant memories.

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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