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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
Phone Number: +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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Very well presented, and one is not overwhelmed by too much. What is on show is of high quality and you progress through the museum in a logical order. Very worthwhile to visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very well presented, and one is not overwhelmed by too much. What is on show is of high quality and you progress through the museum in a logical order. Very worthwhile to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed seeing the collection, particularly the work of Antonio Ole - a talented and versatile Angolan artist. The gallery design and architecture are stunning, but I found the signage linking the two buildings very confusing. Also some of the staff didn't speak much English which is a bit of a problem at a tourist attraction. (Yes, I know we... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice collections of tiles, some interesting and rare arts, for coins, jewellery, fine art and carpets. Beautiful park around. However you should rather go in adult company, as the place is extremely unfriendly to kids we went with our 3 yo. It was a nightmare from the staff attitude towards kids although she didn't touch anything. Touched back towards the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, well preserved art. Only the best is here. Including tiles, porcelain, rugs, etc. It's a pristine collection of immense value in a very beautiful setting.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum offers very comprehensive collection of art work, from classic to modern and including fine furniture collection designed by well known architects such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, etc. The museum is a modern architecture itself with elegant courtyard and nice view. It is near a subway station, so very convenient.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They've got two Rembrandts (one visually interesting, the other not so interesting) , two middling Turners and a full-length portrait of Rubens' wife - but that's about it. hard to spend more than half an hour there unless you have an interest in ceramics. The Lalique room at the end of museum was possibly the most interesting thing in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled onto these wonderful collections by chance - paintings, porcelain, statuary, carpets, etc. - Worldwide collections, from many different ages; all top quality selections by the Armenian Gulbenkian and his trust. My favorite story is how he was able to negotiate the purchase of great artwork from the Hermitage in Leningrad in the 1920s as the Communists were, lets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether one starts at the Modern collection or at the Fine Arts collection, one is amazed by the meticulous spacing of the works, and the wonderful lighting that brings out the true colors and nature of the objects, from ancient Egypt through the ages to the present. The architecture is made for the art collected: an collection of exquisite taste.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went primarily for the Lalique collection (which was amazing) but enjoyed looking at everything. Some really amazing glass jars and vases, period furniture, textiles, and artwork you'd expect to see in a museum like the Louvre but can enjoy without the crowds. While I was inside, my husband (not at all interested in Lalique!) wandered around the beautiful park/garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent most of a morning here, and it was well worth the visit. Although the museum is quite a way from the historic centre of Lisbon where we stayed, it was easy to get to on the Metro, 5 minutes walk from the Praca Espana station. The collection is intimate, unique and eclectic, spanning several millenia.... More 

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