Museo de Bellas Artes

Museo de Bellas Artes information

Bilbao , Spain
Street Plaza del Museo 2
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adult/student/child €7/5/free, free Wed
Opening hours
10am-8pm Wed-Mon
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Lonely Planet review

The Museo de Bellas Artes houses a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Goya and van Dyck; contemporary art, featuring works by Gauguin, Francis Bacon and Anthony Caro; and Basque art, with works of the great sculptors Jorge de Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida, and strong paintings by the likes of Ignacio Zuloago and Juan de Echevarria.

As good as the permanent collection is, it's the temporary exhibitions (see the website for upcoming exhibitions) that really draw the crowds. Exhibitions in 2014 showcased Japanese art and hyperrealism.