Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

The origins of the present gallery date back to the Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1908 and opened to the public in 1914, and the Museum of Modern Art, opened in 1924. The two institutions and their respective collections effectively merged in 1945, when the original museum building was erected. A modern extension was added in 1970, and major removation was carried out in 2001, giving the museum its current appearance.

The museum collection contains over ten thousand items, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper and applied arts, covering the period from the thirteenth century to the present. There are important examples of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are the paintings from the Spanish and Flemish schools as well as a large collection of works by Basque artists.

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

General Details

Director: Miguel Zugaza
Address: Museo Plaza, 2. 48009 BILBAO
Telephone: 944 39 60 60


Wednesday to Monday: 10am - 8pm
Tuesday: closed (except for special openings).
Closed on 25 December, 1 and 6 January.
24 and 31 December 10am - 2pm (except Tuesdays, when the museum is closed).
Galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing.

Complementary Services

Temporary exhibitions
Gift shop
Film library
Rooms for hire for functions
Department of Education and Cultural Action (D.E.A.C.)
Friends of the Museum


General: €10
Reduced: €8 (students, over-65s and groups of 15+). 5€ (Guggenheim museum, Artium and Vasco friends). 5€ (Large family)
Audioguide: €3
Artean Voucher: €16 joint admission to the Guggenheim Museum and Fine Arts Museum.
Under-25s: free admission on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons. Other days, reduced rate €5
Free: Museum Day (every Wednesday), Friends of the Museum, ICOM, children under 12, teachers, journalists and accredited guides, people with disabilities (reduced rate for companions) and unemployed

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