Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Juan Gomez

The magnetism of Bilbao’s greatest architectural feat is inescapable—the whole city seems to revolve around the audacious Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.

Svelte and dramatic, the $89 million, 260,000-square foot masterpiece of modern design was dreamed up by American architect Frank Gehry after the city, transforming a ramshackle part of town into the glamorous destination it has now become.

Best things to see at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The museum’s interior is just as stunning as the view from outside—cavernous spaces host thematic exhibitions and “monumental collections,” with a specific lean towards avant-garde modern art. Look for works by Rothko, de Kooning, Kiefer, and Warhol, and amble through the museum’s only permanent installation: The Matter of Time, a series of weathering steel sculptures by Richard Serra, displayed in a gallery longer than a football field. We can’t promise a connection that “forges a new relationship with the spectator,” but it’s hard to feel nothing in this behemoth of world culture. Plan to spend at least two hours inside.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao directions and parking

Best way to get to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim can be reached by tram using green line 7 and TRN. Both stop at the Guggenheim station. The Mazarredo bus stop is also a good way to get there, and is serviced by the navy blue ALSA line. If you are waking from downtown, take Salbeko Zubia street north and you will reach the Guggenheim after a few blocks.


Best parking near Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The museums parking garage will be most convenient. Euskadi Plazako parking is located right near Euskadi Plaza.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao FAQs

Are pets allowed?

Only service animals are allowed.


Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The museum is wheelchair accessible, and you may also rent them from museum staff at the coat room. You can read about other accessibility concerns you may have here.


Can I bring a stroller?

The museum has strollers available for rent, they can also be stowed in the coatroom or taken through the museum itself.