An afternoon at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

For a conference I was sent to San Sebastián in Spain, and besides conducting business and stuffing my face with pintxos (Basque tapas), I decided to combine the trip with some sightseeing. One day I had the chance to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao takes a little over an hour. From the bus terminal, it’s a twenty minute walk to the museum. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the architecture: the museum is absolutely stunning.

Guggenheim Bilbao, Tall Tree & The Eye - Anish Kapoor
Guggenheim Bilbao with Tall Tree & The Eye by Anish Kapoor

I collected an audio tour and followed it both in and outside the building. While I enjoyed the collection inside the museum, I was mostly struck by the building and art works outside of the museum. Jeff Koons’ Puppy keeps watch in front of the museum (see top photo of this post). Also by Koons are the brightly-colored tulips outside.

Jeff Koons' Tulips at the Guggenheim Bilbao
Tulips – Jeff Koons – Guggenheim Bilbao

Another impressive work of art outside of the building is Maman by Louise Bourgeois. A huge sculpture of a spider that is said to be a tribute to the artist’s mother.

Maman - Louise Bourgeois and Arcos Rojos - Daniel Buren - Guggenheim Bilbao
Maman by Louise Bourgeois at the Guggenheim Bilbao, with in the background Arcos Rojos (red arches) by Daniel Buren

Should you find yourself in the Basque Country, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is definitely worth a visit. I found it to be an awe-inspiring experience!

Guggenheim museum Bilbao, Spain
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain


Also of interest: other European city trip destinations. 

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