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“Little but interesting”

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
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US$16.73*
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Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #3 of 116 things to do in Bilbao
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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5 reviews
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“Little but interesting”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We went to the museum because we saw information around the city center and decided to see japanesse expo. Interesting

Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great museum, nicely layout”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Very good permanent exhibitions with a good selection of paintings from basque painters, note that the museum is free on Tues and there's currently a Japanese art exhibition
exhibition.

Visited July 2014
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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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“Stunning!!!!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

This gallery has hours of pleasure and spans 500 years of art. Set over 33 rooms it is truly wonderful. There are temporary exibits alongside established. We spent 3 hours and rushed it. 7 Euro admission is cheap. You need to see this!!

Visited July 2014
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“Quality Fine Art”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The current Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts dates back to 1945, when the 1914 Fine Art and 1924 Modern Art Museums were merged together. It's been remodeled twice, most recently in 2001 which gave the museum it's current style. Over the past 100 years, the museum has collected works both locally and internationally, and has grown steadily thanks to continuous donations and acquisitions. Today it features thousands of paintings and sculptures, from the 13th century until today. There's an extensive sample of modern and contemporary Spanish, Flemish, and Basque art.

The museum has three floors and a basement with 33 rooms in total and a temporary exhibition gallery. The first set of rooms feature Romanesque and Gothic art, and then progress to Renaissance, Mannerism, such as Martin de Vos' "The Rape of Europa". After is a section of Baroque pieces like Murillo's "Saint Peter in Tears". Continuing towards the back of the first floor you'll find Rococo and Neoclassicism pieces like Goya's "Portrait of Martin Zapater", and up the second floor you'll find Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism. The final floor features contemporary art by Basque artists.

The museum is open daily except for Tuesdays, and offers discounts to students and young people. There are guided tours and audio guides available for purchase, and the entire museum is wheelchair accessible. Finally, they've got an education center, library, cafe, restaurant, shop and bookstore that you can also visit while there.

Visited July 2014
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Rome, Italy
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“Great collection of modernist works”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Very impressed with this museum, chock full of important works of 20th century artists, both local and international. Picasso to Mimmo Palladino, lots of good Antoni Tapies, and some Charles Moore in the garden...all in a good modernist addition to the historic neoclassical museum.

Visited July 2014
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