Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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  • Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

    1. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

    Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

    We very much enjoyed the tour. Our guide Javier was very friendly and explained many details inside and outside the building to us. It was definitely worth booking the tour. They were also very flexible and supportive when we had to move the date for a private matter. Recommended tour and plenty of time with the guide!

  • Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

    2. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

    A professional local guide will meet you at the entrance to the museum. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. This spectacular building adds to an area where the Nervión makes its marks with pleasant riverside walks. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is surrounded by promenades, parks and recently-built squares, where you can see the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Since opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, thus complementing the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and forging a unique identity at the same time. Visited by about one million people every year, one of its main attractions is the ArcelorMittal gallery, which is a large space where eight works by ...

    Santiago was amazing, we utterly enjoyed the tour. Great insides about the artists, the art works and about the museum itself. Definitely recommend this private tour!

  • Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    3. Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    Explore Bilbao by bike like a local, on an easy 3-hour tour of all the city’s main sights, accompanied by a knowledgable guide who will tell you the history of the fascinating city and its old and new attractions. Departing from the central Calle de Villarias, follow your guide along bike lanes and pedestrianized streets to avoid the busy traffic. Follow the course of the river to learn why it was essential to the development of the city. Encompassing contemporary and historic sites, the tour will stop at the dramatic Guggenheim Museum, which opened on the banks of the Nervión River and was designed by the architect Frank Gehry in the 1990s. Marvel at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, built on the site of the old shipyards, and see the new San Mamés football stadium. Explore historic Bilbao at sites such as the Neo-baroque Teatro Arriaga. Cycle the narrow streets and wide plazas of th...

    Very nice to know a lot of the city history. Should do it as first to explore the city centre and activities. Tour guide was great!!

  • Magic at the Guggenheim Museum

    4. Magic at the Guggenheim Museum

    Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour you may continue to explore the collections of modern art at your own pace.

    Javier explained the architectural history of the building and provided insights about all of the permanent exhibitions. The tour was both inside and outdoors. We learned so much about the Guggenheim. I highly recommend this tour.

  • Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

    5. Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

    Create your dream tour of Bilbao with this customizable guided tour. Pick and choose the sights and attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Choose a timeframe that suits your requirements. With 2,3,4 or 6-hour options available, there's a tour option for every group. Immerse yourself in Bilbao's renowned culture, gastronomy and way of life with a local guide who will show you the best places to shop, eat and explore.  For food lovers, visit the Ribera Market or go for a stroll through the restaurants and cafés of the Old Town. To discover the city's history, head to the imposing Guggenheim Museum or Santiago Cathedral. If you prefer to spend the day in nature, choose to visit the Bilbao estuary. Culture lovers will delight at the Arriaga Theater and Azkuna Zentroa. Whatever you're into, find it in Bilbao.

    Tour guide Javier was friendly, knowledgeable, passionate about Bilbao and working very hard to speak excellent English. He treated my grandma very nicely. I had communicated, however, that at 80 years old, my grandma would not be able to do a long walking tour. I even indicated I thought the tour would be partly by car, but no one corrected me in our communications prior. We met very far from Old Town Bilbao, which was the most interesting part, and by the time we got there (a lovely long walk along the river that was too much for my grandma and our small kids), they were out of energy. I wish we had started in Old Town and then we could have driven to the Guggenheim because the walk was too much for my grandma. Great for active folks who want someone to give details on the sights. Bilbao is just gorgeous!

  • Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

    6. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

    The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary:

    • Departure at 9:00 AM
    • Arrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PM
    • From 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)
    • Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM ...

  • Bilbao: Guided Tour of the Guggenheim Museum Surroundings

    7. Bilbao: Guided Tour of the Guggenheim Museum Surroundings

    At 11:30 AM or 5:00 PM, meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a 90-minute guided tour of the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Discover the history of the museum, talk about the Guggenheim family, and the museum's collection as well as the Guggenheim Foundation. Let yourself be guided and enjoy the unique experience alone or with family.

  • Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    8. Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    In a 3-hour guided tour, discover medieval Bilbao’s charming streets and squares along with the intense commercial and port activity that made this city into what it is today. Start by meeting your guide and delving into the city’s ancient past: see the city’s outer walls, the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the emblematic Church of San Antón, totaling more than 500 years of history that seems to transcend time.   Then, continue your tour to the well-known Ensanche, a key sign of the progress of this city. See the urban development of Bilbao and its architectural wonders from the 19th through to the 21st century. It will be here that you’ll witness the pulsating heart of a city that exudes both tradition and avant-garde style.   Your visit ends with the opportunity to sample one of the most iconic Bilbao foods: pintxos. These are small snacks skewered with a toothpic...

  • Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

    9. Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

    This 3-day Bilbao welcome package offers a variety of items to make your stay a memorable one. It includes accommodation at a centrally-located 4-star hotel, with plenty of pintxo bars, shops and lively streets in the area. You’ll also receive a ticket to the Guggenheim Museum and a guided tour of the city by bicycle. The Guggenheim is a renowned modern art museum that hosts expositions of works by national and international artists along with its permanent collection. You can use your museum ticket whenever you like during your stay, during the opening times of the museum. You’ll also get to know the city better on a guided bicycle tour. In additional, you’ll have enough time to explore the city by foot, including the old town, the Abandoibarra district and the shopping streets.

  • Bilbao: Art and Gastronomy Private Tour

    10. Bilbao: Art and Gastronomy Private Tour

    Discover the most important museums in Bilbao and taste the Basque country cuisine on this private half-day tour with a local guide. Begin your tour at the Fine Arts Museum and marvel at its collection of ancient, modern, and contemporary art. Continue on to the nearby and impressive Guggemheim Museum and admire contemporary Basque and Spanish art represented through a selection of works. After these museum visits, hop on the tram and enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city's modern area before arriving in the Old Town of Bilbao. Enjoy the Estuary of Bilbao, City Hall, the city center, commercial area and the Arriaga Theatre. While strolling, sample the typical pintxos at a few, carefully selected local bars.

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What people are saying about Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 248 reviews

We very much enjoyed the tour. Our guide Javier was very friendly and explained many details inside and outside the building to us. It was definitely worth booking the tour. They were also very flexible and supportive when we had to move the date for a private matter. Recommended tour and plenty of time with the guide!

Very good guide Javier. Information and his personality made the visit around and inside the muzeum to a great experience.

Our guide was excellent and extremely friendly. This is well worth a visit.

Our guide was very knowledgable and was passionate about the museum.

The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions;