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“Stunning architecture” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
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Guggenheim Bilbao Inside and Outside Tour
Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Bilbao
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Owner description: American architect Frank Gehry is responsible for this architectural masterpiece: this fantastic chrome and metal creation houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art, a continuation of the Guggenheim legacy.
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“Stunning architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

Architecture is world class and deserving of the 70 or so pictures we took of it. Far away views, up close details, different sun angles were all exciting. Thankfully there are no guards hollering at you not to take pictures of the building as in many attractions in Europe, but there were restrictions on taking pictures of the exhibits. Then again, who would want to? Their version of "modern art" isn't for everyone. There's a nice café/coffee shop. The shuttle train out front makes it easy to return to your hotel if you've already walked along the river to get there.

Visited October 2013
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

The Guggenheim is a beautiful building, inside and out. However, the exhibitions were generally disappointing. Such an amazing space filled with not a lot. The metal work sculptures and neon lights on the ground floor were great. I appreciate that art means different things to different people, but some of the exhibitions just seemed like a waste of space. Worth going for the Guggenheim building itself.

Visited November 2013
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“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

5 years after we have been there we are still raving to our friends about this wonderful building and all it holds - a magnificant piece of modern art, It is worth goig to Bilbao for thiss experience alone, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Visiting Bilboa with only limited time - so did not have time to go in and see any of the exhibits. However, the building itself is a classic exhibit in itself.
It is situated next to the river and provides an ever changing view as you approach. On the river side the building has numerous curved metal panels which comprise the walls and roof - it is not possible to tell where one begins and the other starts.
It is indeed an amazing piece of modern architecture and well worth any detour to see it.
The street side is mundane in comparison - though there was a nice piece of topiary in the shape of a dog outside.
You can also get a good view of the museum from the hill above - which is served by a funicular railway.
The museum is the highlight of a very pretty city - do not miss it

Visited November 2013
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“Fantastic building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

I'm not a big modern art fan, but I have to say the building is something else! Not a lot of art pieces for the size of the building. Some of the works are huge. You can get a special ticket so you can visit both the Guggenheim Museum and the city museum at a reduced price. The Guggenheim Museum has really rejuvenated the city. A must see attraction!

Visited October 2013
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