Art, religion and history all come together in this route that passes the cities most important museums.
Established in 1908, the Bilbao Museum of Fine Art is one of the top museums in the country. Thanks to its over 100 years of history, the gallery has over 6,000 works, including masterpieces from the 12th century to modern times.
Works include masters like El Greco, Zurbarán, Ribera, Goya and contemporary art from Tápies, Menz, Bacon, Gauguin and Solana among others.
Address: Museo Plaza, 2, (48011).
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10h-20h.
Museum of Passages of Bilbao
Located in the Casco Viejo at number 3 Iturrebide, this museum is home to the artifacts used during the Easter Processions. Spain is especially renowned for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, is the week immediately before Easter. The nine brotherhoods that are based in Bilbao offer visitors a chance to study the images, symbols and religious artifacts used during the processions.
Address: Iturribide, 3.
Hours: Closed in August.
Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
Located in the convent of the Incarnation built in 1513 by the Dominicans, the museum was opened in 1995 and houses works of religious art from Bizkaia. Inside its walls are pieces of artistic history that date back to the Middle Ages from the twelfth century to today. You will also find rare archeological artifacts from the third century.
Address: Dirección: Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B 48006.
Hours: Closed December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 and 6.
Phone: 944 320 125.
An icon of twentieth century architecture, this museum is the symbol of Bilbao’s transformation into a modern city. With both permanent collections representing the most prominent artists of the past 40 years, it is supported by works from the Salomon R. Guggenheim foundation. The flowing silver structure crowns the Abandoibarra walkway and is surrounded by outdoor sculptures. The large playground and café next to the museum is a popular spot for families and concerts during the warmer months.
Address: Avenida Abandoibarra, 2, 48001.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 08 pm. Monday closed.
July and August open every day.
The Museum will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
Telephone: 944 359 080 – 944 359 000.
Located along the river, the Bilbao Maritime Museum is built in the same location as the historic Euskalduna shipyard. A visit to the museum will teach you about Bilbao’s rich industrial maritime history from fishing and shipbuilding, to the evolution of the Nervion river. With over 200 artifacts and objects, the museum has a 3,500 sqm of indoor space and 20,000 sqm of outdoor exposition space where visitors can see restored ships, visit the original pumphouse and check out the historic Carola Crane built in 1957, it was once one of the most powerful cranes in Spain. The Carola Crane received its name from a woman who would travel past the shipyards every day. The men who worked in the shipyards were so enamored with Carola they would climb up the crane to admire her beauty.
Address: Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1, 48013.
Winter Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 18:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 – 20:00. Monday: closed.
Summer Hours:Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00. Monday: Closed.
Phone: 94 608 55 00.
Explore the bullfighting history of Bilbao, the museum is home to photographs, documents, art work and original posters of the famous Bringas brothers. You will also see the famous bullfighters from ‘98, known as the Golden Age (Joselito-Belmonte), Silver Age, the era of Manolete, the 50s and the time of Cordoba.
Address: Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre. Martin Aguero, 1, 48012.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:30 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 18:00. Friday from 10:30 to 13:00 hours. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays closed.
Phone: 944 448 698.
Located in the Old Quarter of Bilbao, where once stood the old school of San Andrés (1604) and the former House of Mercy. The building and its cloister are living part of the city’s history. Inside visitors will journey through the history of the Basque people. Walk down hallways that tell stories of prehistoric fishing villages and hunter gatherers who once lived in the region, to the iron industry and important relationship with the sea. The third floor houses an impressive 3D landscape model of Bizkaia and its most important mountain peaks.
Address: Plaza Miguel de Unamuno, 4, 48006.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 -17:00. Sunday: 11:00 to 14:00 Mondays and holidays closed.
Phone: 944 155 423.