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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 217 823 461
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private...

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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Wonderful museum

Very nice collection of art from various eras, east and west. Beautiful relaxing gardens. Don't miss the resturant, good quality food with outdoors sitting area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice collection of art from various eras, east and west. Beautiful relaxing gardens. Don't miss the resturant, good quality food with outdoors sitting area.

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a find even though it was hiding in plain sight. It's one of the better known art museums in Lisbon but has a sensibility all its own. One building houses old masters, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts all well lit and presented, much of the pieces are in stunningly pristine condition. The second building houses exhibits and modern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do not miss this museum if you go to Lisbon! Impressive art and furniture collection. If you go on the hop on/ off bus, ask the driver where to get off, as they changed that stop and did not change the bus route map. You have to get off a few blocks before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visit Lisbon and like culture this is a must. The collection is well organised and presented and you need a couple of hours to appreciate it all. The €10 entry fee is well worth it.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take time to appreciate the Calouste Gulbenkian personal art collection and the Foundation Garden. I just do not give the maximum grade because they push us to visit a modern art exhibition that has nothing to do with Calouste Gulbenkian aesthetic ideal.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The 'Founders Collection' at the Gulbenkian is a gift to the people of Lisbon but it is a gift on an international scale. From ancient Roman and Greek coins and art to Monet, John Singer Sergant and Marie Cassatt to a vast furniture and rug collections, this is a must-see for anyone into many art periods. My favorite was the... More 

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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens and interesting buildings. The permanent collections are fabulous and diverse. The interior spaces and lighting very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is worth seeking out this museum. There are no signs from the nearest metro station and a map does not help very much. We (and some others also searching for it) found the entrance by accident. The tiles and glassware are amazing. Rembandts, Monets, Manets among other great art works..Worth giving this some time. here are also lovely gardens;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Museum is based around a private collection and is an interesting mix of old and new art and artefacts.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is well worth making the effort and needs a couple of hours to do justice. Very well arranged in chronological order and some excellent paintings.

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