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Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5:45 pm.
Closed on Mondays and on the following holidays:
Jan. 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and Dec. 25.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is one of the best fine arts museum in Portugal.
Calouste Gulbenkian was born an Armenian and educated in London as a petroleum engineer. During his life, he helped develop the Middle Eastern oil fields and made them available to the West. He died in 1955, one of the richest men in the world. He owned 5% of Royal Dutch/Shell, as well as other oil companies. During his life he accumulated one of the best art collections in the world and in 1942 he lived in Lisbon. When he died, he left part of his estate to a foundation, which now houses the art museum. The art museum sits on a large piece of land not too far from downtown. What is nice in the museum is that every salon has a big picture window to the extensive gardens, so you can appreciate nature, as well as the art work.
In the museum one finds many masters in the European painting collection. He also had a rug collection from the Middle East that dates from the 15th century. He had the best Turkish tile collection, the best Islamic art collection, and one of the best Chinese porcelain collections. There is also a large collection of antique French furniture. As a collector, he had exquisite taste, and with his money he bought the best art available.
The museum also has a section devoted to Art Nouveau, with glass and jewelry created by Rene Lalique. At the lower floor there is a large cafeteria that is open to the gardens.Note: The museum allows photography without flash.
Mummy mask from 380 B.C.
Star Tile - Persia - 15th Century
Blue, turquoise and green plate - Iznik (Turkey) - 16th century
Vase - Qing Dynasty - Famille Rose - 18th century
Portrait of a Young Woman - Ghirlandaio - 1490
Diana - Jean-Antoine Houdon - 1780
Spring - Alfred-Auguste Janniot - 1919