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“Very special art and historical collection...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1067-001, Portugal
+ 351 21 782 3000
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Ranked #55 of 328 Activities in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Ballets, Concerts, Symphonies, Performances
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private collection of Persian art, Egyptian sculptures, and paintings by the Old Masters, as well as two concert halls for music and ballet performances.
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“Very special art and historical collection...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I´ve seen a very good art and historical collection in this place. They have very old books. They have very old carpets. they have arts. The place itself is very beautiful and they have a very nice garden. The place worths a visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Present Tense photo exhibition worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Saw work of southern African photographers exhibited here. Well worth the visit and exhibition runs until September. Main exhibition also enlightening and educational.

Visited June 2013
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“Heavy on ceramics and textiles”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

In reading the earlier descriptions of this museum I was expecting a larger, more diverse collection. I guess the museum houses the collection of a single man who donated them after his death. As a result they understandably skew to what he liked, which was definitely ceramics and textiles. I personally am not a huge fan of either so was a bit disappointed but it certainly wasn't the fault of the museum. There were also some great paintings and a few early pieces that I very much enjoyed.

The cafeteria was very nice, with both indoor and outdoor tables, and both a meat and vegetarian based "daily menu," along with a good selection of a la carte options. I had their meat daily special which was very good and reasonably priced.

The external grounds are absolutely gorgeous and a real pleasure to explore. I suspect they'd be a great spot for a picnic.

Visited June 2013
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“Nice place to spend a couple hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We stayed at the Corinthia Hotel and it took us about 15 mins to walk there, not too far. The museum had quite a lot of pieces including some interesting ancient bible. I personally love the display of the traditional Portuguese tiles, but I find that the National Tiles Museum would be more interesting. There are also some European art collections, but it's not very attractive to me. More surprisingly they have Chinese vase and ceramic pieces which are also beautiful and interesting.

There are some pieces that are very ancient which is worth looking. It's nice to spend about 1 and a half-2 hours time there. Although the disappointing thing is that the shop of the museum does not feature a lot of stuff, bought some folders but lack of choice, when there are so many beautiful pieces, the inspiration of different products should be limitless, it's disappointing to see there's not at many things as I would expect to buy.

On the other hand, there is a pond outside the museum, there are many baby duckies there and they are absolutely adorable!

Visited May 2013
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“Definitely eclectic, but mind expanding food for the brain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a good 2hrs wondering through the regular museum, the temporary exhibits and the modern art building.

The historical collections were a feast for the eyes, especially the Rembrandt.

The Modern Art stimulates the synapses, although may not be everyone's cup of tea.

For me, the most eye-opening exhibits were the photographs taken by numerous artists of the impoverished, pollution ravaged, environmental disaster regions in the world. The photos literally punches one in the face to wake up and take action. I certainly will step up my work with the NGOs for peace and alleviating hunger in the world.

I hope you will be similarly affected and contribute in your own way.

My thanks to the Gulbenkian Museum for their initiative.

Visited June 2013
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