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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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A Trip through Art History...well, from One Man's POV

I absolutely adore the Gulbenkian! Not just the museum but the urban jungle in which it is set. I had two days in this part of Lisbon, and planned only a walk thru of the... read more

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Greenville, South Carolina
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I absolutely adore the Gulbenkian! Not just the museum but the urban jungle in which it is set. I had two days in this part of Lisbon, and planned only a walk thru of the beautiful trees, plants and small waterways on the first, then visit the collection on the second. But while I really loved the stroll through the... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be aware that the museum was closed on Tuesday - generally a good thing since most of the others are closed Monday. However, we were not told this by our hotel, who said the website information was incorrect. The museum and gardens are lovely - we didn't have enough time to explore it all. The staff were quite unfriendly however.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is just beautiful. The collection is great. The setting is beautiful and modern art is in a separate building. The whole thing is so well done. I highly recommend everyone going to Lisbon should put this on their must see list.

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Arles-sur-Tech, France
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The Gulbenkian collection is an encyclopedic but eclectic gathering of things gathered by its founder, who collected most of them in the first half of the 20th century. What this means is that most of the "good stuff" was already gone, i.e., in other museums. What you get is a hodgepodge of individual items from a vast variety of contexts,... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

All artefacts in mint condition from ancient greek and roman coins to silk carpets, turkish ceramics, french furniture, iconic paintings including 2 Rembrandts and Lalique glass in magnificent building surrounded by attractive gardens

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Clare, United Kingdom
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My wife wanted to go. I wasn't so keen. How wrong I was. The collection is incredibly wide-ranging - including some really wonderful paintings. The presentation is a revelation to the art-lover used only to British galleries. You can stand up close to Rembrandts and admire the detail. The modern art in a separate gallery did not enthuse me as... More 

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There is no better museum, when you like art and sculpture; don't miss the garden; the variety is amazing;

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Wonderful collection of art not typically found elsewhere in Europe. Prepare to spend at least two hours.

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For those who love Art-deco Jewelry and Impressionism painting it's a must see museum. The paintings of Renoir, Mannet & Degas were beautiful. The Lalique's collection was amazing, very beautiful and unique. There was a nice display of French furniture's from Louis the 15th Period. One room had porcelain from China and Japan, which were very pretty. Make sure to... More 

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Our Guide Book, Pocket Rough Guide, was bought in February 2017 from Amazon - we consulted it carefully and went to visit the Gulbenkian Museums on Tuesday. Big Mistake! The Rough guide clearly says they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.45. Opening hours have obviously changed and the museums are shut Tuesday. Beware.

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