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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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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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Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Take your time for a visit inside and a walk around in the garden. Don't miss the modern art. enjoy coffee in the small bar in the parc. Perfect day

Thank AdvanHeijst
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Gulbenkian covers art from 5000BC to today. It provides a history of art tour and is trule a museum and art gallery combined. All features are beautifully presented and the gardens are a delight to walk through for tranquility and rest. It is a...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful museum that is very "doable". Both ancient art and contemporary art in two smallish museums

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

The building is gorgeous. It's 1960's architecture at it's best: Clean modern lines, low and wide, dramatic proportions; textures of concrete and wood contrasting with lush planted gardens. The collection however says more about the wealth of its creator than his taste. There's loads of...More

Thank mrhollysurfs
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Gulbenkian museums are in the best ones in Lisbon, Located in the center of the city. You can get there by metro, easily. But for me the more beautiful is the whole thing, the buildings, the gardens and also the cafeterias.

Thank Amélia P
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Fabulous collections, but don't miss the gardens. We entered by a gate which wasn't the main entrance and we strolled through the labyrinth of gardens, which we would have missed if we had entered through the main entrance. Collections are spectacular and we could have...More

Thank jikoku
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Essentially a private collection of one person and accordingly different to other elite collections. Nice surroundings and focussed on Asia Minor and France with a fantastic grew gold coin collection.

Thank 0tzi
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Extensive collection from 2600 BC to present day. Surrounded by gardens and extensive landscaping. Carpets, tiles, ceramics furniture paintings statues etc.

Thank stevenresnick51
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is an incredible collection. I would have given it a 5 but the signage getting from the Modern Collection to the Founders Collection were abysmal and in the heat, even worse. Overall the Modern Collection was a disappointment because over half the museum was...More

Thank Quacker76
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Quite interesting! It kinda reminds London's Victoria and Albert Museum. There are items from various historical periods and Countries. Most interesting Rubens, Monet and other famous painters' works along with an exquisite exhibition of modern portuguese artists.

Thank Gi_Mani_2014
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Response from Luis P | Reviewed this property |
No, you cloud find a permanent exhibition of the works of the painter Paula Rego in the House of Stories in Cascais, which was built for this purpose.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Torben S | Reviewed this property |
Hi I Think its 10 euro for The permanent exibition and 14 incl The exibition at dispay. And mayby its still free at sundays after 2 pm
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