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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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+351 21 782 3461
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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You can spend hours here.

This museum is just the right size for a one day trip. It's not so huge that you have to spend more than one day there but there is plenty of interesting and beautiful exhibits.

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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is just the right size for a one day trip. It's not so huge that you have to spend more than one day there but there is plenty of interesting and beautiful exhibits.

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Islamic collection is clearly the highlight of this museum. I have not seen a more perfect collection of Islamic works assembled in one place. The condition, even of very early works, is magnificent. And the pieces themselves are not only representative of a time or place, but are truly works of art. The collection is idiosyncratic. There is no... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a wonderful collection of antiquities in a beautiful building and garden. The architecture of the building is a star in itself as it brings a great deal of natural light and and adds a sense of speciousness and calm to the exhibit spaces. There is also a separate, modern art building which we also visited but we greatly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Return visit on a Sunday, had to queue up to buy entry ticket at 10 am that's how popular it is. Visited the museum where the oriental art is the stand out, the Lalique collection is also impressive. We went to two concerts too, part of day long classical program which is free. The book shops are full of interesting... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is a short distance from our hotel and it well worth a visit. It is a complex with a number of buildings hosting ancient, historic and modern art and artefacts. Something there for everyone. A small charge for adults is well worth it. What is my favourite - the Rodin sculpture(s), the Ivory panels (ancient), and the modern... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed quite near the Gulbenkian, and loved our visit there. Not any old museum, but the result of one man's passionate and idiosyncratic collecting. The setting in a park is lovely. The gardens surround the museum and large windows make it sometimes appear that you are outdoors - very unusual for any museum. It is large enough to keep... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is a wonderful treasure house of art. While it's collection is not huge (Like the Met in NYC), there are many gems on view. Among other cultures represented, is the Moorish/Arabic work that is amazing. The collection is a bit eclectic but that is typical of a collector. Associated with this museum is the museum... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing museum. It is from a private collection, so there are so many areas of interest and different types of art. The gardens were lovely. The modern part was dissappointing, skip it and spend all of your time in the main museum.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gulbenkian Museum belongs to a Foundation managing various cultural activities. Those which are of primary interest to the tourist are: 1) the Museum of the Gulbenkian Collection and 2) the Gulbenkian Museum of Modern Art: both are located within a large complex near Praça de Espanha. My review concerns the "Museum of the Gulbenkian Collection", which is the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are an art lover this is a must visit place. The Museum is very tended and they save the best (IMHO) for last so hold on as you proceed through the gallery. Don't forget the surrounding park that is also wonderful, making this a nice dual indoor and outdoor activity. Hit the modern art museum across the compound,... More 

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