14 Stunning Images of the Amazing Architecture of the Guggenheim in Bilbao

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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.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

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!

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

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.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

 

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.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

 

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

Have you visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao?  Any tips?

 

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23 Comments

  1. Stunning images indeed, Corinne! The architectural style reminds me a lot about the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In fact I told you that before.

  2. I’ve never been to Bilbao but the architecture is simply amazing. Have you been to Valencia? The architecture there is just as stunning 🙂

  3. Great, great photos! As for the inside, you kind of miss something interesting and you didn’t miss anything at the same time. The exhibitions inside the museum are not the greatest. I could have skipped them. Now, an audio guide is included with the admission price. The guide explains in detail what Gehry took into consideration when he was designing the building. It also discusses the materials he used. I thought that was pretty interesting. And, there are details about all the sculptures and work of arts that surround the building.

  4. It sounds as though you guys are fans of architecture. It also sounds a lot like us, getting so involved in one sight that we lose track of time and forget that we should be heading somewhere else, lol. I can picture Dan with his camera next to you, watching the building change as the sunset fades into twilight. Forget the museum’s collection; there’s plenty to see outside as well. 🙂

  5. Fantastic pictures. I really like the works Frank Gehry…we almost went to the Guggenheim but didn’t quite have time BUT we did stay at the hotel he designed nearby – the Marques de Riscal in the Rioja region. It was amazing…you must visit when you go back it’s a beautiful building. #theweeklypostcard

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