About Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Whether you choose to go to see the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for the architecture of the building or the exhibits inside, this museum is not to be missed. The museum was designed by Canadian/American architect Frank Gehry and inaugurated in 1997 by King Juan Carlos I. 

In 2010, the World Architecture Survey named the building the most important architectural work since 1980. The design is indeed bold and striking, with the seemingly randomly curved exterior of glass, titanium and limestone. It was designed to capture the light. The museum houses permanent and visiting collections of modern and contemporary art, and includes works by artists including Anselm Kiefer, Mark Rothko, Jorge Oteiza, Yves Klein and Andy Warhol. 

Must See

  • One of the biggest examples of contemporary architecture
  • The Atrium part of the Museum has glass curved walls which fills the room with light 
  • The outside of the Museum is just as intriguing as the inside
  • Museo de Bella Artes
  • Do not miss the exhibitions consisting of 20 galleries 

How to reach

Located at the city center

By Bus:

8 minutes

By Taxi:

3 minutes and costs 5.79 to 7.23 

By Train:

 Bilbao-Abando train station is the closest

By walk:

13 minutes


  • Do not skip on visiting the restaurants,cafes and the book shop
  • Use your Complementary audio guide and your Guggenheim Bilbao guide to locate the floor plans as you explore
  • Touching the works of art is strictly prohibited as they are fragile objects 
  • Children must be kept close to adults
  • No parking facility 
  • If there are things you need to keep in the coatroom, arrive a little early from your scheduled time 
  • Plan your visit whether you wish to visit in a group or not
  • Big objects like umbrellas or large backpacks are not allowed inside the museum

Visit Time

Sunday:              10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday:             Closed

Tuesday:            10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Wednesday:       10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday:           10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday:                10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday:            10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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Adults:                                                     17 Euros

Senior citizens and students below 26:    9.50 Euros

Children and museum members:             Free 

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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