Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum: Hours, Address, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
4.5
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 20:00
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
About
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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Address
Neighbourhood: Indautxu
How to get there
  • Moyua • 7 min walk
  • Indautxu • 8 min walk
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Howard-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK2,895 contributions
May 2022
The museum is at the moment free due to a rebilding project so worth visitng. Artworks either appeal or not as is the case in most galleries. Very spacious, beautifully maintained and lovely staff. Cafe in the park opposite can be recommended.
Written 23 May 2022
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Giulia Biffi
25 contributions
Aug 2021
The collection itself is quite interesting but I particularly enjoyed the various temporary exhibitions, they were all extremely interesting!
Written 21 March 2022
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain511 contributions
Nov 2021
We really enjoyed this relatively small museum which, however, boasts some excellent works including by Goya, Murillo, Gauguin, Zuloaga and a fantastic Sorolla. There is also a good modern collection which we found more accessible than the Guggenheim. The museum boasts a nice bar/cafe with outside seating and a good shop which enhanced our experience. Entry was free when we visited.
Written 21 December 2021
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biotifood
Hameenlinna, Finland251 contributions
Dec 2021
Very interesting paintings, clearly presented in a didactic manner. Well lit, well ventilated, very pleasant.
A nice shop and coffee shop, serving good wine and pintxos at very reasonable prices. Loved my visit. Strongly recommend.
Written 7 December 2021
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WestminsterWalks
London, UK20 contributions
Sep 2021
I visited on a weekday evening between 6 and 8pm when it's free admission. I had expected crowds but it was pretty empty; in fact in the last gallery I was the only person in there! Note unlike many other museums it's closed on Tuesdays.

I like the way they have displayed the paintings by theme rather than by period but that might be because I was a visitor and I probably saw a wider selection than if I had just stuck to the periods I prefer.

If I visit again I will buy an audio tour as I could have done with a bit more information about the art but for a first visit I was pretty happy.
Written 27 September 2021
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Stephen D
Vancouver, Canada97 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a must-see museum the collection is beautiful and is very ranging in genres. Well worth a visit I would suggest this museum over the Guggenheim. Note the museum is closed on Tuesday.
Written 24 September 2021
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,499 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This Fine Arts Museum is very enjoyable. You can see a few of each of Goya and el Greco, but most are local artists.
All pieces are arranged alphabetically, which at first I was skeptical, but turned out to augment my appreciation.
Seeing a Medieval painting, followed by a modern one, followed by a nice Renaissance one provided an exceptional contrast. Highly recommended.
Written 1 September 2021
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TheoA201
Sydney, Australia515 contributions
Oct 2020
This exceeded my expectations. Loved the layout theme of A to Z. Very few customers in Covid times, think I was the only one. High recommend
Written 7 October 2020
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tek_m_l
Melbourne, Australia188 contributions
Aug 2019
Decided to check out the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum as they offered free entry to their permanent exhibition at a set time in the evening. Unfortunately we found that the employees weren't forthcoming with information and we also felt as though they did not want us there. Basically what you need to do is go to the service counter and request for the free ticket for entry. The lady at the counter was unfriendly and handled our belongings roughly. Thankfully, there was at least one professional employee who handed us our entry ticket and thankfully was the one whom returned our belongings from their storage area. If you are interested in some local based art and have 30 minutes to spare, it is not such a bad idea for a quick visit.
Written 26 July 2020
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sugerglider
London, UK263 contributions
Mar 2020
The director has decided to arrange the artworks based on a theme of the alphabet rather than chronologically. This gimmick seems to be in vogue now unfortunately.
Notwithstanding that there are some decent artworks in the permanent collection. The Prado it ain't but is worth the price of admission just for the 3 Zurbaran paintings.
The special exhibitions by 2 Basque artists were of little note.
Written 7 March 2020
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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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