Locals in Bilbao are divided on whether it is a 'beauty or a
beast', but the bizarre multi-million dollar Guggenheim Museum,
opened in 1997, has brought thousands of visitors flocking to the
city to be awed or floored. The massive museum, designed by Frank
Gehry, has no right angles and resembles a metallic flower clad in
shiny titanium, and is sited in the former dockyard alongside the
Nervion River. Inside, apart from breathtaking spaces, the museum
houses the works of some important 20th century artists, including
Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Willem de Koonig and
Clyfford Still. There are also sections displaying the work of
young Basque and Spanish artists, and rotating exhibits lent by the
Guggenheim museums in New York and Venice.
Address: 2 Abandoibarra Et.
Telephone: +34 94 435 90 0
Transportation: Metro to Moyua station; streetcar to Guggenheim stop; a
variety of buses also service the museum
Opening Time: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm (open on
Mondays between July and August)
Admission: EUR9, and an extra EUR2 for an audioguide.