How to get here ?


Metro : Moyua Station (11 minutes walking) Bus : Alameda Recalde 11 (+ 5 minutes walking)

Guggenheim's History


  • It is a contemporary art museum designed by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehr.
  • It was inaugurated on October 18, 1997 by King Juan Carlos I ofSpain.
  • Its name is in honor of the American philanthropist and art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim.
  • It is the symbol of the modernization of Bilbao.
  • It was designed to look like a boat
Fun facts


The big flower dog is Puppy, a sculpture made in 1992. The author of this work is Jeff Koons. It was acquired in October 1997 by Guggenheim as an icon of the museum and the city. It has more than 12 meters in height and 16 tons of weight. It is composed of a steel structure covered with 38,000 natural plants, which are replaced as they stop blooming and an internal irrigation system. Koons intended "Puppy" to be a work that combines the high art of modernist sculpture with the everyday appeal of a garden, creating a joyful and welcoming atmosphere. It has been praised for its whimsical charm and accessibility, making contemporary art approachable to a broader audience.

"Maman" is a monumental sculpture by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, created in 1999. The sculpture represents a giant spider, made of bronze, stainless steel, and marble. "Maman" stands on long, slender legs, supporting a sac containing 26 marble eggs. "Maman" is installed outside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, often near the riverfront, providing a striking and somewhat eerie contrast to the museum's organic and fluid architectural forms. Bourgeois created "Maman" as a tribute to her mother, who was a weaver, and the spider symbolizes maternal strength, protection, and the weaving of life. The piece is both imposing and delicate, evoking a range of emotional responses from awe to discomfort. It is one of Bourgeois' most famous works and has been widely celebrated for its exploration of themes such as motherhood, strength, and fragility.


Both "Puppy" and "Maman" contribute significantly to the identity and appeal of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. These sculptures not only enhance the visual and emotional experience for visitors but also help in bridging the gap between contemporary art and the public, making the museum a landmark destination in the art world.