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Phone: (+34) 94 435 90 80
Website: http://www.guggenheim-bil

Guggenheim Bilbao

The choice of Bilbao as the venue for one of the Guggenheim European centers is best understood in the context of the initiatives implemented by the Basque authorities as a contribution to the process of revitalizing the Basque Country's recession-plagued economic structure. These initiatives were also seen as a means of increasing the chances of the city's metropolitan area becoming the major reference point for European regions on the Atlantic seaboard.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the most important ingredients in the plan to redevelop the city of Bilbao. The plan, involving a number of major projects conceived by some of the world's most prestigious architects, includes the work now in progress to increase operational capacity at the city's port, the revamping of the city's airport, a mission entrusted to Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, a new Conference and Performing Arts Center, designed by Federico Soriano, the construction of a metropolitan railway - much of it underground - designed by Sir Norman Foster, and a new footbridge crossing the river at Uribitarte, also the work of Calatrava.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The permanent collection comprises the artworks held by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Together, the three collections provide a complete overview of the plastic arts in the twentieth century.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum now possesses one of the world's most important collections of avant-garde art, concentrating especially on the most radical experiments in abstraction carried out in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The original core collection concentrated exclusively on "non-objective art" and particularly on works by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. As time passed, however, the works of other artists essential to an understanding of developments in international twentieth century art began to find their way into the collection. Such artists included Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso. Among the later additions were artworks by Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, and Jackson Pollock. Eventually, more contemporary artists, such as Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, are also represented in the collection.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in Venice, has some remarkable examples of Surrealist art created by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, together with works by artists more closely associated with Dada, such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Kurt Schwitters.

Figurative trends in modern art are also represented through works by a number of artists, including Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Picabia, and Rufino Tamayo.

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Palazuelo. Working Process
14 March - 3 June 2007

Pablo Palazuelo (1915) is one of the key figures of Spanish art of the second half of the 20th century, although unfortunately, he has still not gained the international recognition that his work so richly deserves. This retrospective exhibition, organized by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and coproduced by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, will emphasize the least-known aspects of the work of this artist, incorporating many pieces that have not been shown to the public before. With more than 300 works, Palazuelo: Working Process includes a broad selection of drawings, gouaches, paintings, and sculptures.

Previous Exhibitions

For a full list please see,

Past exhibitions in 2006

100% Africa
12 October, 2006 – 18 February, 2007

Homage to Chillida
5 April – 11 June

Learning through art
13 June – 16 July

29 March – 10 September

Max Beckmann: Watercolors and Pastels
27 June – 17 September

Forthcoming exhibitions

Anselm Kiefer
28 March - 3 September

Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Collection of the Städel Museum
26 June - 9 September

USArt: 300 Years of Innovation
11 October 2007 - February 2008

Each to Their Own Taste
16 October 2007 - April 2008


Adult 10.50 € (Special Admission 12.50€)
Senior 6.50 € (Special Admission 7.50 €)
Student < 26 years old 6.50 € (Special Admission 7.50€)
Children < 12 with an adult Free
Members Free
Groups > pax. 9.50 € (Special Admission 10.50 €)

Tickets to the Museum may be purchased ahead of time at the Museum admissions desk as long as the day of the visit is known.
Tickets for groups of over 20 can be purchased by telephone as long as the day of the visit is known, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., telephone 94 435 90 23. No refunds can be made on tickets sold.
Using the BBK Teleka system and the La Caixa Servicaixa system, tickets can be purchased for presentation at the special admissions desk for Museum Members.
Tickets for groups of over 20 may also be reserved from this web site, as long as the day of the visit is known.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday: closed.
In July and August the Museum opens Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ticket window closes half an hour before Museum closing time.
Galleries begin closing 15 minutes before museum closing time.
The Museum will be closed on December 25th and January 1st.
On December 24 and 31 the Museum closes at 5 p.m.
In the Summer you should bring one warm piece of clothing as the Museum has an average ambient temperature of 20º C.
If you visit the Museum during peak hours (11:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.) we inform you that you might have to queue for a while.

Getting there

Metro: Moyua station.
Streetcar: Guggenheim stop
Bus (Bilbobus):
Lines 1, 10, 13, 18, stopping at the Fine Arts Museum Square.
Lines 13, 27, 38, 46 & 48, stopping at Alameda de Recalde no. 11 & 12.
Lines 11, 71 stopping at La Salve Square.
RENFE: Bilbao-Abando station.
ET/FV: Atxuri station.
FEVE: Santander station.
Bilbao's airport is just 15 km from the city center.

The Museum does not have a visitor parking lot. However, access is easy by streetcar. If you wish to access the Museum by private car, there is plenty of parking space in the vicinity of the Museum. At any rate do contact us at +34 944 35 90 80 to check on the best possible alternative to suit your needs.


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Library specializes in 20th century art and is open to investigators, students, and the general public.
It contains documentation on the Permanent Collection, temporary exhibitions, and artists in the Collection.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
August: closed.
Free access.
Telephone: 94 435 90 83.

Museum internal and external photos (11)

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News and events

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Free admission
Pre-school, Primary, Secondary and High-School teachers are admitted to the Museum free of charge. This gives teachers a chance to familiarize themselves with the building, the Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions.

Orientation and training sessions
Orientation and training sessions aimed at helping Secondary and High-School teachers integrate Museum visits into the curriculum required for their particular subjects.

Educational materials
Educational materials on the Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions for Pre-school, Primary, Secondary and High-School teachers:
- Educational brochures
- Educational guides
- Information materials


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao provides free or booked guided tours to visit:
- The Permanent Collection
- 100% Africa

Free Guided Tours

Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.:
For available languages ask at the Museum Information Desk.

These visits do not include admission fees and no reservations are accepted. Names are taken at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before visits begin.
Groups are limited to 20.
Programs for tours are subject to modification.

Guided tours with reservation

Given by art professionals. Admission for group tour of up to 20 people is 90 Euros.

Information and reservations: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tel. +34 944 35 90 39.

Free guided tours for disabled persons

- Tours in sign language for the hearing impaired
- Tactile tours for the visually impaired
- Tours for the mentally challenged

Tours do not include admission fees and are limited to 15 people. Advance booking is essential.


Pre-school workshop visits
Under the guidance of Museum staff, children aged 3 to 5 explore the artworks on display through stories, games, and hands-on art activities

Primary school workshop visits and guided tours
Thematic workshop visits for primary school students focused on the Museum's Permanent Collection, temporary exhibitions or architecture. After the tour children are invited to the Education room to take part in a workshop aimed at reinforcing the concepts and contents they experienced.

Secondary school guided tours
Guided tours for Secondary school students focusing on the Museum Permanent Collection or temporary exhibitions. These visits are also available for students in upper level vocational training, first years of University studies and adult education centers. Guided tours are also organized in which the children work on a creative activity in the Museum Atrium following the tour.

Free tours
Special program for Primary, Secondary and High-School students. Teachers are provided with “Educational brochures” which enable them to lead their own students on an independent visit.

Learning Through Art
The educational program Learning Through Art reinforces school curriculum, ranging from Social Studies to Math, through artistic activities such as photography, painting, sculpture, digital art and music. Sessions are conducted at the school once a week for a period of 20 weeks. The program culminates in an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which includes works of art created by students participating in the LTA program.

Tours for children with disabilities
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Individual Members Program

The Individual Members Program offers the possibility of becoming a member of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in exchange for an annual contribution that varies according to the category of membership chosen. The ultimate aim of the program is to encourage members to visit the Museum on a regular basis, to discover the masterpieces of Modern and contemporary art, and to participate fully in the Museum's activities.


The Corporate Members Program aims to encourage the business world to collaborate in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Corporate sponsorship is one of the main sources of funding for the Museum and it also contributes to maintaining a quality level in its educational and artistic activities. There are various categories of participation, each offering a range of benefits. If you are interested in taking part in the Corporate Members Program, we will be delighted to analyze your company's needs and design the most adequate collaboration program.
Dept. of Corporate Members and Special Events
Tel. (+34) 94 435 90 16, fax: (+34) 94 435 90 09.

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