Without a doubt the main attraction of Bilbao is the museum of modern and contemporary art, the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is said to be one of the most important structures of contemporary architecture. Apart from being known for its stunning, unique exterior, this architectural landmark is also world-renowned for its exhibits. Home to 19 oddly shaped galleries, as well as to a special exhibits and a rotating permanent collection, the museum offers visitors a plethora of things to see and do. With interactive exhibits, the museum is ideal for kids and adults alike. There are audio tours that guide visitors around the building and the many works of modern and contemporary art. Those visiting the museum must pay a visit to the ‘Puppy’; an enormous sculpture of a dog covered in beautiful natural flowers, designed by the artist Jeff Koons, located in front of the museum.
Adults: 10 €
10 am to 8 pm Closed Mondays in 2015 except for: April 6, Mondays in July and August, October 12, December 7
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, children, families
As many of the exhibits as possible, and the Puppy
Muslims visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao will not be able to find prayer facilities at the popular museum. They will however be able to locate prayer facilities in the city of Bilbao. Known to house a sizeable Muslim population, Bilbao is home to a few mosques and prayer rooms. Muslim visitors to the museum can ask museum staff for directions to the closest prayer facilities when needed.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao offers a couple of dining options. Nerua is a one Michelin star restaurant, while Bistró Guggenheim Bilbao offers a more casual dining experience. These restaurants will not be Halal certified, but they are sure to offer a variety of delicious vegetarian and seafood dishes. When dining at either establishment, it is best for Muslims to make sure the dishes they order don’t contain any non-Halal items.