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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Address: Museo Plaza 2, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 944 39 60 60
10:00 - 20:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao,...

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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Good museum beautiful pieces of art

It's central and sober, but it's really beautiful and worth the visit. There's not as many people as Guggenheim so it's more pleasant.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 January 2017
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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

It's central and sober, but it's really beautiful and worth the visit. There's not as many people as Guggenheim so it's more pleasant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We visited this museum and was told that I would need my passport for identification to use my credit card regardless that it needed a secret pin number to be used.I challenged this even though the museum had periods of free entry and who would steal a credit card to use at a museum? We returned with cash and paid... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The title is a pun, or antithesis, of my review of the Guggenheim museum. This museum is modest in appearance but houses some of the best Spanish fine art we have seen. The collection is well structured so you can either follow the flow or go straight to your periods of interest. We found this much more gratifying from an... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A lovely building housing art from many eras although mainly older classical paintings and fewer contemporary. Audio description available. Few seats so you need to be up to a long walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Well worth a visit - the art works/exhibits were excellent - there were picasso, warhol, gris, goya many famous artists. Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

The museum consists of two buildings, an older 'classic' style museum and a newer 'modern' looking building. It sits in a great setting. The art it contains spans a great many periods and styles, mostly focusing on Spanish artists. Very worthwhile even for those who know little about Spanish art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This museum is not as well known as the Guggenheim and doesn't have the fabulous architecture but it has much better content. An excellent collection of works from all sorts of eras. Well worth going out of your way to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We came to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim and see the Christmas market/old town here. We found other delights we hadn't heard about and this certainly is one of the best. Only spotted on the tourist map we found the content of this museum more suited to our taste with an eclectic range of periods, styles and including a few... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Within walking distance from the Carlton Hotel you reach the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum which is a must in your visit to this beautiful city. A not so pretentious museum on the outside, it hides within its quarters a vast collection of works of art which includes as well as sculptures and some representative pieces of vasque artists. The space... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Somestimes this museum is overlooked in Bilbao because of the Guggenheim Museum. It it totally worth a visit. It is situated in the Park Doña Casilda in the heart of Bilbao. Apart from the normal contents of the museum they now have some very interesting intinerary collections. Free entrance on Wednesdays. They have a good shop too for anyone wanting... More 

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