A Trip to the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Amazing Europe | | August 29, 2011 at 1:00 am


Bilbao is a municipality of Spain and is also the capital of the Spanish province of Biscay. If you are in Bilbao and making a list of the must-visits there, the Guggenheim Museum should be among the first few names in the list. The Guggenheim Museum is a structure designed by the famous architect of North America Frank O. The design of this museum is laden with several unique features.

The Guggenheim Museum is located amidst a picturesque backdrop; on one of its side there’s the Nervión River; the river is situated 16m below the level of the other parts of Bilbao. Another end of the museum has been pierced by a bridge called Puente de La Salve; this bridge is the primary route of accessing both ends of the city.

Guggenheim Museum

Let us again come back to the architectural features of the Guggenheim Museum. The building of this Spanish museum possesses a great blend of intersecting shapes; it boasts orthogonal blocks made from limestone along with contrasting bent and curved structures coated with titanium. To top them all, the building has glass walls that offer it the transparency and light it requires. The reason behind the inclusion of glass walls is believed to be a step taken for protecting the exhibited artworks from radiation and heat. The titanium panels coating a wide area of the building boasts a guarantee period of 100 years. The design of the Guggenheim Museum itself is as spectacular as the exhibits housed by it. The museum covers a total area of 24,000 sq. m. and has a height of 50m.

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum stays open all through the week barring Monday. The gate of this Bilbao based attraction opens at 10am and gets closed at 8pm in the evening. Entry fee for adults is 10.50Euros and children below the age of 12 years can get into this museum absolutely free of cost if they come with an adult.

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