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Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao

2 Plaza Museo
Tel: 34 94 439 6060's insider take:

Sharing a city with the Guggenheim means Bilbao's fine-arts museum doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. But its impressive collection—which spans eight centuries and includes works from artists as varied as El Greco and Francis Bacon—makes it a destination in its own right. The neoclassical building houses works dating back to the 12th century, including Orazio Gentileschi's intensely emotional 17th-century painting Lot and His Daughters; the newer wing focuses on contemporary art, such as Maria Helena Vieira da Silva's luminous Passage of the Mirrors, and the unsettling Three Graces by Antonio Saura Atares.

Closed Mondays.

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