Perhaps one of the most magnificent examples of 20th century architecture, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of American Architect Frank Gehry’s masterpieces. It’s graceful curves and flowing lines rise beautifully like a giant shining flower from the banks of the river Nervion transitioning from the river front park to the stately buildings of Bilbao’s old city. The Guggenheim should be a stop on every Bilbao visitor’s itinerary.
We had spent longer then we had planned at the Vizcaya Bridge, marveling at the ingenious architecture and civil engineering that lifts cars and pedestrians into the air and swings them across the Nervion river. As a result, we were pushing into Bilbao closer to sunset then we would’ve liked. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough light for any photos (we had to leave our tripod behind); and to make matters worse, we took the wrong exit out of the car park and ended up walking north to the river instead of south, a good 10 minutes out of the way!
As it turned out, though, we came around the last building to see the museum rising up beside the river, absolutely glowing in the evening light. We walked around this amazing architecture to view it from every angle. Every facet, of the metallic structure was reflecting a different color of the sunset. Stunning! We ended up taking pictures long after the sun had set. It was like the building was alive and changing from minute to minute.
Our only regret? We arrived too late to visit the museum collections and experience the interior of the building. We’re always smart like that, saving something for the next visit.
Have you visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao? Any tips?