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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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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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worth a visit... stop 15 on red hop on hop off bus

private collection of arts and valuables. Lovely setting. good café and shop. easy to reach on hop on hop off bus. great variety of ceramics , Persian rugs, work of famous... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

private collection of arts and valuables. Lovely setting. good café and shop. easy to reach on hop on hop off bus. great variety of ceramics , Persian rugs, work of famous artists.

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

They have a wonderful selection of different artworks here and its very comfortable to walk round as the security is unobtrusive. felt very privileged to see so many wonderful paintings at such close quarters.

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Brampton, Canada
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

A wonderful exhibition and very well maintained and impressive facility. Several exhibitions are on at the same time so each is priced separately.

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Reviewed 26 September 2015

This was most pleasnt cultural curiosity, an idvidual's personal collection dedicated yo yther classicL and oriental arts. The benefactor for whom the museum is named apparently mader fortune in oil in the early and mid 20th century, and spent much of it on obsessively collectioning some 6,000 pieces, from ancient coins, one his favorites, to exquisite pottery. Also plaques and... More 

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Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

The museum is one of highlights of our trip to Lisbon. You will never want to miss this place. The exposition is rich, interesting and well organised.

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Reviewed 24 September 2015

A Musuem that reminds me on our Wallraff- Richartz- Museum in Cologne, Germany. I was glad to se the extra exhibition of Lourdes Castro. I never heard about her and I bought the "Deutsch- Hefte" a wonderfull very personal book which she made for a friend to help him learn german. Also I was surprised about two pictures from Turner.... More 

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Reviewed 23 September 2015

This is our third visit to Lisbon & it was only because of the suggestion of our tour leader that we chose to visit this museum. The Museum is quite handy to the city centre a short taxi ride. As seniors our entry fee was minimal. It is incredible to learn that this was the collection of an Armenian financier... More 

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Reviewed 23 September 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum Sunday morning and it was quite full; the entrance is free on Sundays, all other days is 4 euros per exhibition. We enjoyed modern art exhibition a lot - there is a piece of art, into which it is possible to crawl on four!

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Reviewed 23 September 2015

It's not often that you see an exclusive Portrait Exhibition but the Gulbenkian featured precisely that! This of course was the temporary show apart from the permanent collection of ancient and medieval art. We were fortunate to visit on Sunday when the entire Museum is free. A variety of styles and media were on display in the Portrait Exhibition as... More 

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Reviewed 23 September 2015

A really incredible Museum, well worth a visit. The Egyptian art is very good and it always has a good variety. The garden surrounding it is excellent.

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