When people talk to you about Bilbao, it is inevitable to think of the Guggenheim Museum, and it does not surprise us, because it is an impressive work of architecture that is already part of the city. But during your visit, you should not also forget other very interesting museums in Bilbao that will take you to learn more about the history of the city. Do not hesitate to visit them. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao , the work of the American architect Frank Gehry, represents an architectural landmark for its innovative design. The central Atrium is the true heart of the Museum, serving as a starting point and reference point for the visitor. The exhibition space is made up of a total of 20 galleries. As outstanding works are "The matter of time" by Richard Serra, "Puppy" by Jeff Koons, "Installation for Bilbao" by Jenny Holzer, "Mamá" by L. Bourgeois or "The great tree and the eye" by Anish Kapoor, among other.
In contrast to the Guggenheim Museum is the Museum of Fine Arts , located in the Museum Plaza. It has more than 10,000 pieces ranging from the 13th century to the present day and has the best collection of Basque art. It has wonderful works by great artists such as El Greco, Martin de Vos, Lucas Cranach the Elder, José de Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Zuloaga, Sorolla, Tàpies or Barceló. Temporary exhibitions are always very interesting and recommended. Oh, and every Wednesday admission is free. The Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum is located in what used to be the premises of the Euskalduna shipyard. The visit to the museum is organized in 2 spaces: the exterior (dike area) and the interior. The collection consists of elements and objects that refer to the maritime activity of the Bilbao Estuary and its Port, as well as maritime culture in general. You cannot miss it as one of the essential museums in Bilbao. The Basque Museum is located in Plaza Miguel de Unamuno, in a 17th-century building that used to be the Church and College of San Andrés de la Compañía de Jesús. Essential to learn about the history and culture of the Basque people. There are pieces of Porcelain and forge, pastoral culture, shellfishing and fishing, textile crafts and important pieces such as "El Mikeldi" or the Kurutziaga cruise. On the third floor there is a magnificent scale model of Bizcaia. So far our list of the most representative museums in Bilbao. Remember that if you want to know what else to see or do in the city, we will tell you about it on our blog. And if you are looking for accommodation, we are waiting for you at our Casual Bilbao Gurea, very close to the Cathedral, in the heart of Bilbao.