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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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+351 21 782 3461
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private...

The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private collection of Persian art, Egyptian sculptures, and paintings by the Old Masters. Calouste Gulbenkian's collection of paintings includes works by Bouts, Van de Weyden, Lochner, Cima de Conegliano, Carpaccio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Guardi, Gainsborough, Romney, Lawrence, Fragonard, Corot, Renoir, Nattier, Boucher, Manet, Degas and Monet. A favourite sculpture of his was the marble original of Houdon's famous Diana, which had belonged to Catherine of Russia and which Gulbenkian purchased from the Hermitage Museum in 1930.

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One Man's Passion

We stayed quite near the Gulbenkian, and loved our visit there. Not any old museum, but the result of one man's passionate and idiosyncratic collecting. The setting in a park is... read more

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed quite near the Gulbenkian, and loved our visit there. Not any old museum, but the result of one man's passionate and idiosyncratic collecting. The setting in a park is lovely. The gardens surround the museum and large windows make it sometimes appear that you are outdoors - very unusual for any museum. It is large enough to keep... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is a wonderful treasure house of art. While it's collection is not huge (Like the Met in NYC), there are many gems on view. Among other cultures represented, is the Moorish/Arabic work that is amazing. The collection is a bit eclectic but that is typical of a collector. Associated with this museum is the museum... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an amazing museum. It is from a private collection, so there are so many areas of interest and different types of art. The gardens were lovely. The modern part was dissappointing, skip it and spend all of your time in the main museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Gulbenkian Museum belongs to a Foundation managing various cultural activities. Those which are of primary interest to the tourist are: 1) the Museum of the Gulbenkian Collection and 2) the Gulbenkian Museum of Modern Art: both are located within a large complex near Praça de Espanha. My review concerns the "Museum of the Gulbenkian Collection", which is the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are an art lover this is a must visit place. The Museum is very tended and they save the best (IMHO) for last so hold on as you proceed through the gallery. Don't forget the surrounding park that is also wonderful, making this a nice dual indoor and outdoor activity. Hit the modern art museum across the compound,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent an afternoon being amazed and delighted by the exhibits. We were very impressed by the Rene Lalique collection, which was absolutely beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Calouste Gulbenkian was a British businessman and philanthropist of Armenian origin. Throughout his life, he was passionately collecting pieces of art, advised by the best art experts of that time. Everything from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art, old coins and European painting and decorative arts - mr.Gulbenkian wanted it all. Happily enough, currently all art fans can enjoy businessman's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing collection of beautiful things. It is huge and there is too much to absorb in one visit.Two or three visits about 3 hours each would be ideal if you really want to do it justice.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the private collection of Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian which is one of the best in Europe. If you've free time please enjoy also the marvellous garden and lake full of colourful ducks. A concert house is also part of the complex.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting insight into one man's passion for collecting art-- from an astonishingly fine coin collection, to Rembrandt and Rubenson, punctuated with beautiful rugs and textiles.

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