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“Go to Lisbon just for the Gulbenkian!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museu da Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian

Museu da Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian
Avenida de Berna, 45a | Praça de Espanha, 1050, Lisbon 1067-001, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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Ranked #1 of 311 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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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. 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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“Go to Lisbon just for the Gulbenkian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a treasure trove of art, artifacts and other collectibles from all over the world. Spend a day here, the gardens are also incredible.

Visited September 2013
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“Good but Wasn't Wowed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Don't get me wrong—this is a very nice museum, and I very much enjoyed one of the temporary exhibits there. But I read so many reviews that said it was one of Europe's best museums, that I was a little disappointed. This is not on a par with Europe's best museums like the Prado or the D'Orsay or even the two small Picasso museums in Paris and Barcelona. I much more enjoyed Lisbon's smaller, more intimate Tile and Fado Museums. If I only had a few days in Lisbon, I would skip this. If you have five days or more, knock yourself out!

P.S. They have a pretty good cafe with a nice patio.

Visited June 2013
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“superb collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

the best and only the best. amazing collection of art treasures of amazing quality spanning 4,500 years in time. the japanese inzo boxes alone are worth visit

Visited October 2013
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kent
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“2 hours well spent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Smaller than I expected (it only took me 2 hours to go around and I am normally slower than most as I do take my time – if you tend to whizz around these sorts of places you might do it in an hour) but really good. Not the kind of stuff you’d expect one man to collect, more the stuff a national museum would. Loads of top artists are included such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Manet & Turner. The Lalique collection is small but beautiful. Very fine furniture and ancient artifacts from different regions.

Visited October 2013
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“Easy to spend lots of time in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Lalique Room is worth the entrance money on it's own, loved the Syrian glass, Persian rugs , French sculpture and the Pre -Raphaelite ,Impressionist and Post Impressionist art. Selection of merchandise in shop disappointing. Rather nice café, but very busy over lunchtimes. Audio guide Ok, but some commentaries aren't any more informative than the notices by the display cases.

Visited October 2013
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