Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
With works ranging from Antiquity to the early 20th century, the Founder’s Collection comprises more than six thousand pieces gathered throughout Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s life, including Egyptian Art, Greco-Roman Art, Islamic Arts, Painting, Sculpture and European Decorative Arts. Works by great masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Degas and René Lalique’s largest set of jewels are just a few examples of what can be found in one of the best private collections in the world. Besides the Founder’s Collection, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is also comprised by the Modern Collection, which features the largest and most complete collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese Art. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is surrounded by one of the most emblematic modern gardens in Portugal, open all year. The Museum offers a wide range of facilities to improve the visitor’s experience: three cafeterias overlooking the Garden, a museum shop, free cloackroom service and free Wi-Fi.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Clare H
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    The Gulbenkian’s collection on show today is simply superb. The best of the best. Ancient Egyptian department is breathtaking. The velvets from India, the pottery from Turkey, the Monet’s … wonderful. And the cafeteria is an excellent spot for lunch or a break. Go!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • billferguson@hotmail.co.uk
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Absolute Must
    Fantastic range and quality of exhibits. As in other Lisbon museums, the descriptions of the exhibits are frequently too low and in too small print but this ought to be the "must do" visit for anyone visiting Lisbon. Do not miss it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Isabel P
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect afternoon of proper classic art collection.
    One of best collections I have visited. Similar to the Burrell in Glasgow but not gone woke or complicated things with weird groupings and layouts. Starts with old stuff and walk through easy layout to more modern. Setting in gardens is brilliant. Not stuffy like classic museums. Bit of everything from Egyptian to impressionists. Great cafes. Superb gardens. Brutalist building design maybe actually works...amazingly. even for we total sceptics....
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Charliegoestravelling
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great! You must go
    I was suggested to go to this park that the museum is situated in and happened upon this museum. It’s great. There were 4 great exhibitions on at the time I went. It’s a beautiful building set in amazing grounds. I luckily caught some live music event that was going on as part of the museum for summer. Highly suggested going if you like old and modern art.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Michelle P
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enrichment for the eye and the soul
    I had read about this marvelous collection years ago and was rewarded by a wonderful several hours wandering throughout the museum. The collection touched on many categories, from fine art to French furniture to rugs and tiles to Middle Eastern ceramics, books other design influences from around the globe. The spaces are open and elegant. If you have any appreciation of the arts, this would be an excellent choice to add to your itinerary. And it was a 10 minutes walk from the Hotel Alif Avenidas! There is also a lovely garden with a stream and ducks and a nice cafe on site.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Karen W
    Dallas, Texas62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and beautiful exhibits
    What an interesting and diverse collection of art! We particularly enjoyed the ancient glassware in the Islamic collection and the intricate jewelry of Rene Lalique. The grounds were lovely and likely will be even nicer when the planned renovations take place. Definitely a museum worth seeing!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas5,459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Art
    The museum displays about 1,000 of the 6,0000 items of Gulbenkian’s personal collection across 10 rooms starting with ancient Egyptian artifacts, Roman coins, and working up through European Art. My wife and I were amazed by the quality of the items on display especially the coins dating from BC and the Art Deco silver centerpieces and tableware that was originally owned by the Russian Tzars. The museum displays amazing examples of illustrated first editions, silk rugs, Art Deco furniture, and European paintings.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Julia Ray
    St. Petersburg, Russia3,117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too much for one go
    The museum contains a huge amount of art from different periods. The visitor first enters the building with collections of modern art and then, going up to the second floor and passing through a nice shop, one can enjoy paintings and other objects from a later period. There is no point in describing the collection. The halls are spacious, and everything is exhibited very conveniently. The amazing collection of Rene Lalalik is a marvellous thing - don't miss it. It is a small hall on the left almost at the exit and many people leave, already tired of what they have seen, and miss this marvellous hall. On Sundays from 14:00 admission is free.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • oceansidetraveler0
    Oceanside, New York329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Terrific Museum
    We really enjoyed this museum. We did a guided one hour “ best of” tour given on mondays that we purchased several months in advance. The guide provided highlights of the main works in each room, interesting and informative. The rooms were established chronologically and geographically. We spent another hour on our own going back and spending more time in each of room. There are also outdoor gardens to walk around and a nice cafe for lunch. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • kellyseye_8
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum , a must see in Lisbon
    Fantastic museum , full of amazing items through the ages . Great Greek coin collection . Awesome items from Lalique . Egyptian and Chinese items . The best of the best ! . Art collection fabulous also . Puts the miserable museums of my local area of Sheffield and Birmingham ( now they have wrecked it !) to shame . A must visit for anyone visiting Lisbon. An added bonus of a temporary exhibit of Japanese woodcut including Hokusei .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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DianeER
Falls Church, VA2,159 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Maybe it was just me but honestly, I was disappointed in it. Maybe I expected too much after hearing so much about it. It can’t compare to some of the other museums I have seen- the Uffizi, Met, Prado to name a few. I liked the Mariner’s Museum & tile museum better. I did enjoy the European paintings but didn’t find the carpets or Islamic art interesting- maybe because I have been to Turkey.

Go to El Corte Ingles department store first as the museum is about a 10-minute downhill walk from there. The department store has great shopping although it’s expensive & an outstanding reasonably priced food court.

Go on Sunday after 3pm for free admission.

We did like the gardens outside.

We had a hard time finding the founder’s collection within the park so better signage is needed.

Take an Uber there as it’s far away from the rest of the tourist sites.

We spent about 2 hours in the founder’s collection.

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Written January 5, 2020
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neil_hun
Horsham, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If I was rating the Founder's Collection and Modern Collection separately, I'd probably give them a 5 and 3.5 respectively. However, the Founder's Collection is so impressive, the museum would be worth a 5 if there wasn't a single modern exhibit.

The diversity of art that a single individual collected over a 50/60-year period is astonishing, as is the immaculate condition of the artefacts. The collection spans several millennia and numerous regions across the globe and is like a whistlestop tour of world art.

Highlights include a collection of gold medallions from antiquity, numerous Qing dynasty artefacts (ceramics, jade and lacquer), beautiful Persian rugs, 17th century Parisian furniture, paintings from 19th century masters such as Turner and Monet, Rodin scupltures and the final room dedicated to Rene Lalique, with many exquisite pieces of glassware and jewellery.

We enjoyed simply roaming around, enjoying all of the wonderful artwork. It is true that there aren't many information displays as you walk round, but you can download a free app if you want to delve into the details of the exhibits.

The Modern Collection, housed in a separate building a couple of minutes walk across the park, isn't nearly impressive, but is worth visiting nonetheless. I wonder if we may have appreciated it more if we'd gone here first, as our expectations were very high having just seen the Founder's Collection. The most interesting aspect is the timeline of key events in Portugal's 20th century history, with accompanying written artefacts that help bring the events to life.
Written February 23, 2020
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2RedSquirrels
Windsor, Canada393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
As in Paris And the Louvre , you haven’t really visited Lisbon if you haven’t tired the Gulbenkian.
It is quite staggering to think this was the collection of on individual. He obviously loved beautiful objects so you will not be challenged by the works exhibited. That being said the scope of his collection is outstanding. One point of interest is the Gulbenkian has more paintings by women artists than the Louvre.
While you visit be sure to have a break and go to the cafeteria. Great tasting food at reasonable prices. A great place to rest your eyes.
Written February 1, 2020
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Dutch Brother
Boston, MA574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Though it is not a very large museum, the quality is top notch. For example, I remember seeing two Rembrandts, an entire room of Guardi's Venetian vedutas, etc. There were excellent ancient sculptures, etc. The museum is set in a small park with beautiful gardens. Gulbenkian had excellent taste, so almost everything is worth looking at. The modern collection is quite uneven in comparison, and I wouldn't even bother spending time there. Instead, spend all your time in the main museum.
Written February 23, 2020
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fairysoap
Felixstowe, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This really is the most extraordinary private collection housed in a building that is similar to the Barbican. There are some truly remarkable paintings, including French neo classical, Dutch masters, and my own favourites by Francesco Guardi. There are exquisite Egyptian late 18th Dynasty sculptures, Persian rugs, textiles and ceramics, and just when you think you can’t take anymore there is a corridor of big comfy leather chairs overlooking a garden courtyard where you may rest your eyes and legs. There is a lot to take in, and I came away wondering what sort of person obsessively collects so many different types of beautiful things. But who am I to criticise, we spent several happy afternoons here.
The food in the restaurant is good, the staff are nice, and there are tables on a terrace overlooking the gardens. Beware of the pigeons, they are a nuisance.
Written January 9, 2020
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Milena
Krakow, Poland35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
The building’s architecture is interesting, the park around it - not too big but beautiful. I had the chance to listen to a wonderful jazz concert which took place in the park. Literally, I can’t stress enough how much I loved this place, haha. The museum on its own presents numerous objects from all around the world and it’s not too large, very pleasant to walk through.
Written January 15, 2020
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KH198
Annapolis, MD380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This unique museum displays a wonderfully eclectic collection of art from across Europe and the middle east, in ways that make each piece seem uniquely accessible. I've never seen anything quite like it. It was almost magical.
Written January 28, 2020
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY1,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have visited the Gulbenkian several times since it first opened. I believe it to be one of the great museums in the world. The methodology of display and presentation are unsurpassed. There are other museums with greater collections. But very few display the artworks with as much conviction and room to breathe. This allows the visitor to truly appreciate the beauty of the masterpieces on display. I cannot imagine a visit to Lisbon without a stop at the Gubenkian.
Written March 8, 2020
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ZZ_MN
Rockville, MD58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We bought a guided English tour (every Monday, at 11) online, and were glad we did it. It's a wonderful museum, and there is a lot to see. If you are not a person who is deeply interested in art, it's hard to pick and chose. Carlos, our guide, was exceptional. He took us through different periods in history, and showed their reflection in art, represented in this museum. He pointed to us details we wouldn't have noticed otherwise, even if we did our research in advance. If you have time, you can wonder around much longer, and see much more after Carlos showed museum highlights, and put everything in perspective.
Written October 20, 2023
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society
Dublin, Ireland278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited twice during a weeks break in Jan.
And will visit again and again.
The Gulbenkian Foundation is located here alongside the museum housing the collection . The museum is set in lovely grounds and has two nice cafeterias. Very easy to spend the day here.
The collection is extensive and amazing.

Written February 24, 2020
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