Bilbao Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Bilbao Museums & exhibitions

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

2. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. Admire the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Be greeted by a local guide at the entrance to the museum which is surrounded by promenades, parks, and recently-built squares. Since opening in 1997, the museum's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Uncover the main attractions is the ArcelorMittal gallery, which is a large space where eight works by sculptor Richard Serra are permanently displayed. Of the 24,000 square meters occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. Stroll through the architectural heart of the museum which is comprised of 20 galleries that make up the museum. Enter the atrium, a large open space of curved volumes, surrounded by large glass curtain walls and crowned by a large skylight. 

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

3. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

4. From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

Enjoy a perfect morning in Bilbao city, the economical capital of the Basque Country, in a small-group tour to avoid the crowds. You will receive an accurate view of this historic city guided by a local guide, who will explain all you need to know, from history to gastronomy and other details. Your tour begins with pick-up in your hotel. After driving for about an hour, you will arrive to Bilbao and go sightseeing, where your tour guide will explain to you all the details and history of the biggest city of the Basque country. You will see the Ria de Bilbao, the Casco Viejo area with the 7 streets, the Arriaga Theater and many more. Later you will enjoy the modern art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, where the building itself is pure art (total time located for museum visit is around 2-3 hours). Following this, you will head back to San Sebastian where your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, and you still have the afternoon to spend in town. This is a half-day trip perfect for art lovers or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge about the Basque Country history.

From Bilbao: Olite Palace and Pamplona Guided Tour

5. From Bilbao: Olite Palace and Pamplona Guided Tour

Feel like you're stepping back in time as you take in the medieval vibe of Olite Castle. Wander narrow old streets and immerse yourself in the history of Navarre on this exciting guided tour. The modern world will melt away as you tour Olite Castle and its village. Take a deep dive into local history while enjoying scenic views of the local vineyards from the palace walls. Enjoy a lunch of local food and wine before heading off for Pamplona; famous for its running of the bulls. Chart the path of the bull-run as you wander the quaint old town and check out the medieval city walls.

Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

6. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary: Departure at 9:00 AMArrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PMFrom 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM.6:00 PM: arrive in San Sebastián

From San Sebastian: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

7. From San Sebastian: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

Discover the highlights of Bilbao on a private tour of major attractions such as the Guggenheim Museum and Ribera Market. Explore the Old Town quarter to see beautiful architecture and charming streets, and get a sense of how the locals live. Admire monuments such as City Hall and Santiago Cathedral, consecrated in honor of the apostle Saint James the Great. Look at the Gothic façade of the Church of San Antón, and discover off-the-beaten-path locations known only to the locals. Stroll through an old train station and window shop the fancy stores of the Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro avenue. Reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum on the banks of the Nervion River, and take a fully guided tour outside to see the permanent collections of contemporary art. Take your time inside to enjoy the temporary exhibits.

Logroño: Bilbao, Guggenheim, and Gaztelugatxe with Lunch

8. Logroño: Bilbao, Guggenheim, and Gaztelugatxe with Lunch

Discover the Basque region that surrounds Bilbao, known as Biscay (Bizkaia in the Basque language). Throughout this full-day trip from San Sebastian, fall in love with the charming 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, climbing its 241 stairs to ascend to the top and enjoy its magnificent views. Game of Thrones' 7th season was shot there, allowing you to feel as if you've stepped into Dragonstone. After recovering from the steep path from the hermitage, head to Bilbao - the financial capital of the Basque Country. Enjoy lunch there, which consists of 4 pintxos (Basque-style tapas) and a glass of wine. Following lunch, get a glimpse of the architectural and traditional beauties of this wonderful city, which includes the Guggenheim Museum. At the conclusion of your full day out in Biscay, your driver returns you back to your accommodation.

Bilbao Highlights: Guggenheim and San Mamés with Lunch

9. Bilbao Highlights: Guggenheim and San Mamés with Lunch

Learn about the history that has shaped the great Bilbao city of today. Visit both the San Mames football stadium and the Guggenheim Museum. Learn about the 105 years of football played on the same site. Imagine yourself within the players shoes, looking up from the side of the field, hanging out in the locker room. Afterward visit the Museum of Aliron Athletic Club.  Spend the afternoon discovering the importance of the Guggenheim Museum as a worldwide institute. See the temporary and the permanent exhibitions. Finish the tour with a magnificent lunch at the Bistro Restaurant located within the museum. 

Bilbao: Guided Tour of Guggenheim in Spanish with Ticket

10. Bilbao: Guided Tour of Guggenheim in Spanish with Ticket

Meet your guide at the Puppy monument and begin a fascinating 1.5-hour guided tour of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Before exploring the art, kick things off with an introduction to the impressive architecture of the building. Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 1997, the museum changed the physiognomy of Bilbao forever, transforming it from an industrial city to a cosmopolitan one. After enjoying fast-track entrance to the museum, take a guided tour of the main works of contemporary art inside, including the "Crucifixion" by Antonio Saura, "The Great Blue Anthropometry" by Yves Klein, and Jeff Koons’ much-celebrated “Tulips".  Get to know two of the most renowned permanent exhibitions inside the museum: the spider-shaped sculpture called "Mom" by Louise Bourgeois, and Jeff Koons’ iconic “Puppy”, which has become no less than a symbol of Bilbao. Along the the way, benefit from a critique of other outstanding works at the museum from your expert guide. Once the tour is over, return to the starting point. If you wish, continue the visit at your leisure with an audioguide in one of 6 languages.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

Our guide Benyet was excellent, a native of the Basque region he had a deep and personal connection to Bilbao and Getxo. We left the tour with a great appreciation of the amazing history of the area. From farming, whaling, heavy industry to the amazing Guggenheim. The only negative was the trip back from Getxo, if your 65 plus navigating the Metro was a challenge.

Javier was my guide for the day. He grew up here and shared so much history and knowledge about both Bilbao, the museum history. The exterior and many important pieces in the inside of the museum. Well worth your time to have Javier at your side Vs the audio tour is my perspective. He was absolutely pleasant and I highly recommend him specifically!

Huge thanks to Javiar whose knowledge and experience as a local, as well as his art knowledge of key works at the Guggenheim Bilbao, made our experience so special. Love Bilbao as a city and the museum is a huge bonus.

Our visit was outstanding with Gara. She was very knowledgeable about the Guggenheim museum inside and outside. We truly enjoyed our visit.

Very pleasant,meticulous but not tiring,happy to have chosen a guided tour otherwise I would have missed too many things.