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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: A Modernist Masterpiece in Spain, Courtesy of Frank Gehry

Let us introduce you to one of the world’s most famous — and striking — art museums and architectural wonders. 

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which is located in northern Spain, first opened in 1997. The awe-inspiring museum is the brainchild of acclaimed American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry.

Fast-forward to today, and it remains one of the most celebrated architectural icons of modern time. 

Inside the museum, you’ll find about 250 pieces of contemporary artwork. However, the building itself is a masterpiece, too, since it seamlessly combines art, modern architecture, and urban design. The museum spans a staggering 260,000 square feet of space stretched along the banks of the Nervión River. It boasts 19 total galleries — totaling up to a jaw-dropping 120,000 square of exhibit space — all connected by stairs. 

What’s more, the structure is especially famous for its eye-catching exterior, which is made out of titanium, glass, and stone. What’s more, the museum’s distinct curved design — combined with the sky-high, sun-drenched glass atrium dome and spiral ramps — makes it a stand-out. Other head-turning touches include curved bridges and other geometric-inspired accents. Additionally, you’ll find around 33,000 titanium sheets throughout the museum. This material actually changes color depending on the weather and amount of sunlight. 

Outside the museum, you’ll notice two giant sculptures: A 39-foot-tall, floral-patterned dog (Puppy) and a 33-foot-tall metal spider (Maman).

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