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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Neighbourhood: Abando
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Address: Museo Plaza 2, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
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+34 944 39 60 60
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao,...

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. It is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country 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.

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lopez exhibition was brilliant!

The museum was quite compact so easy to get round. The Lopez visiting exhibition was fab!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 February 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

The museum was quite compact so easy to get round. The Lopez visiting exhibition was fab!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

We spent several hours enjoying the diverse collection of Spanish (El Greco), Basque and European art works from early Christian art to regional artists as well as contemporary artists. Just the right size for a cold rainy day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

The guggenheim is nice for the building and the amazing steel-circles exhibition. But the Bellas Artes tops the Guggenheim in art, for sure.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

A couple of fine Goya portraits, but to me, overall, the collection seemed rather 'bitty'.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

We had one free day in Bilbao, knew the Guggenheim wouldn't fill it and faced with torrential rain went to the Bellas Artes almost just to kill time - then could hardly tear ourselves away. Fantastic collection with many more significant pieces than I expected to find in a relatively small provincial city, well laid out, intelligently themed and just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

There is really a lot to see here. In particiular there was an excellent Antonio Lopez exhibition when we went, but the earlier period sections repay a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

Wonderful Emilio Lopez exposition. It's free on Wednesday. so don't get the combination Guggenheim/ Bellas Artes ticket. You won't need it if you plan to be in Bilbao on a Wednesday. Don't go to both museums on the same day. It will be too much to absorb !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

A much better experience than the Guggenheim. Classic and not too expendive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

The audio guides did not work but you had to pay. Nice to have seats in the rooms to have a longer rest to enjoy the art work.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Whilst overshadowed by the Guggenheim Museum, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is a great find and probably has twice as many artworks on show as it's near neighbour! The building itself has been skilfully adapted and the latest extension is stunning: allowing the first rank contemporary artworks to be beautifully displayed. Some of the early 20th century art is a... More 

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