I can’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to art, however I do love anything to do with history and culture so I was very excited about visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
We drove from San Sebastian to Bilbao, arriving around 11am. As you drive over the bridge into Bilbao you cannot miss the Guggenheim Museum. The building looks like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie and it’s huge! There’s no parking at the museum itself however there are many public parking areas nearby and we were lucky to find a space just a few minutes walk from the museum.
The next thing you’ll notice as you approach the Guggenheim museum is the enormous West Highland terrier dog outside the main entrance, named Puppy. The dog is covered in flowering plants and is absolutely beautiful. You’ll find crowds of people surrounding Puppy taking selfies with him, of course, yes, we did the same! When you enter the museum you can buy tickets at the main desks for 10 EUR per person. You will also receive an audio guide which allows you to listen to descriptions of each piece of art in the museum. It wasn’t very busy last week, however March isn’t peak season so it may be wise to book tickets online if you are visiting during the summer.
No photos are allowed to be taken of the art inside the museum however you can take photos of the building and of the exhibits outside. There is a river running alongside the Guggenheim museum and when you walk out on to the terrace the view is beautiful. Here you will find the colourful Tulips, another interesting exhibit by Jeff Koons who also created Puppy. Also visible from the terrace is the 9 metre tall Spider, Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The spider is both amazing and terrifying at the same time and depicts a mother spider standing with arched legs to protect her sack of baby spiders. Every hour you will also see the river and spider covered in a thick fog which certainly adds to the creepiness!
The art exhibits inside the museum were as strange as I expected. Obviously I couldn’t take photos so you will need to go see them for yourself but to give you an idea, a huge black canvas was one example! For me, the visit was absolutely worthwhile and although I probably don’t appreciate modern art as much as others, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was a very interesting experience indeed.