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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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I would recommend visiting this museum. It is very well organised, well looked after. The collection is interesting to watch. I especially liked various items from Iznik in... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would recommend visiting this museum. It is very well organised, well looked after. The collection is interesting to watch. I especially liked various items from Iznik in Turkey. The museum is surrounded by a nice park and also has an art library in it. There are also various exhibitions taking place there.

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Art, furniture, rugs, coins, Lalique, Monet, Rembrandt, ancient Egyptian, ancient Greece, and on and on. Great rainy day activity. Check for free days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Since we went on a sunday, it was free! They have services to store your backpack. The museum is huge itself with tons to keep you occupied. The asian exhibit was my favourite as I learned about the different colour families.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a hot day in August, the 10 euro entry (2 adults 2 students) was justified by the cool aircon alone. Some good artworks, some pretentious video productions, and a nice little park outside (free access) with turtles swimming in the pond. An okay venue, with clean toilets!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Near the Cortes de ingles. Euro 10 covers both the founders collection and the modern section. The pieces are not necessarily artistically or historically significant (per the museums own inform cards) but the items are striking. Not being an art buff, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the museum and walking through the garden. If you get a chance visit the cafeteria... More 

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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a real treasure. I love colour and pattern and the Iznik collection here is stunning. Really interesting pieces in display, ranging from Chinese vases to impressionist paintings and Lalique jewellery. The exhibition space is great, the building was designed to house the collection and it really works. Don't forget to wander round the magical gardens too!!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gulbenkian's eye for beauty and understanding of art and artists are displayed in a highly enjoyable and digestible way. The explanatory sheets available in each gallery give you an understanding of why he chose each piece and their relationship to each other and himself. Particularly Lalique's jewelry, right at the end, should not be missed. Sit in the outdoor cafe... More 

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

not only a great collection , the core based on the personal (good) taste of the founder but also beautiful garden and nice bar restaurant for a quick lunch/snack. in teh auditorium program is always worth the ticket

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

It's been a while since I visit the collection, but it is impressive, since the late Calouste Gulbenkian, Mr. 5% (I understand he got rich by lending his lands (full of oil) at a 5% rate) had an exquisite taste for ancient art, from old civilizations and Empires. Those who love art should visit it.

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

The museum lies inside a huge garden and it has a large collection of art with an explanation of how the museum came about. It has a contemporary and older collection of art and it is well worth a visit. It is a 5 minutes walk from the Praca de Espanha subway station.

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