Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
4.5
Art Galleries • Art Museums
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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T8travels
Seattle, WA140 contributions
Interesting collections
Jul 2021
Delightful museum close to our hotel. Well-documented collection that ranges a broad swath of history and items (coins, ceramics, furniture, paintings, etc.) Open on Monday when many sites in Lisbon are closed. Enjoyable visit
Written August 9, 2021
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James S
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See this museum today!
Jul 2021
This museum is amazing. The amount of items is impressive from all over the world and all ages. The lay out is fantastic with each room offering so much to see. The artwork itself is just impressive. Don’t pass this museum by….go and see it today!
Written July 23, 2021
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,063 contributions
Should add a few directional street signs!
Jul 2021
One would think that with all the citywide promotion of this museum that there’d also be some accompanying directions on how to get there. I refer here to metro stops. São Sebastião right ... and from there, the place is 350 metres! However, 350 metres in which direction?! What a colossal waste of time looking around for this museum! Not even so much as a directional arrow! Their lack of directional signage takes my rating for this place down from a 5 to a 4!

Its Modern Arts Museum was closed, apparently for renovation. However, the main section featuring the Founder’s Collection was open.

The exterior of this building is incredibly ugly - looks like an abandoned concrete warehouse - and really belies the beautiful 5,000-year history within.

The interior of the museum is enormous - hall after immaculate hall displaying just about every kind of art form there is: tapestries, carpets, ceramics, gems, ivory carvings, bronze sculptures, marble sculptures, painting, and furniture. It’s almost sensory overload!

Items are well labelled in both English and Portuguese.

The garden has several trails and affords a tranquil place for quiet reflection.

A couple of hours is the bare minimum needed to appreciate all that this place has to offer.
Written July 9, 2021
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BigBenLisbon
Lisbon, Portugal334 contributions
Lisbon's Premier Museum
Apr 2021 • Solo
I live here and go every month to enjoy the temporary exhibitions but I never tire of Gulbenkian's personal collection. It just takes me into the world of a turn of the century global oil tycoon every time. The lunch Cafe is acceptable food. The gardens in the back are pleasant. The energy of the retro halls charm. I sit and write poetry here and always find inspiration.
Written April 28, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,126 contributions
One of the largest private collections in the world, collected at 5%.
Jan 2020
Despite Vasco da Gama's breakthrough journey, Portugal was unable to establish either a large colonial empire (with the exception of Brazil) or expand its holdings in Europe. Accordingly, the royal dynasty did not have the extra money to buy art collections in Europe as did the Spanish, French, British, Austrian and Russian ones. That is why, private collections in Lisbon are more important than public (nationalized ex-royal). However, it doesn`t explain the appearance of the Galust Gulbekyan collection here. This is a historical accident. A native of the Armenian diaspora of Ottoman Istanbul, he created one of the largest private collections in the world in the Middle East oil trade. Gulbekyan eventually becomes Shell's largest shareholder with a 5% stake, earning the nickname "Mr. Five Percent". However, the lira and pounds (he eventually becomes a subject of the United Kingdom) didn`t obscure his desire for beauty. Gulbekyan collected everything: Dutch paintings, Iranian carpets, Japanese prints.The main thing is that he likes it himself. Therefore, all this is a projection of Gulbekyan himself. Moving from exhibit to exhibit on the creaking floors, you need to understand what prompted "Mr. Five Percent" to fork out for this particular thing. Of course, the most interesting is the collection of Western European paintings. Paintings from the Leningrad Hermitage, sold by the Soviet government to finance industrialization, became the basis of the collection. Gulbekyan, who traded oil with the USSR through his company Iraq Petroleum Company, tried to buy the main masterpieces bought in the XVIII century by Catherine II:" Judith " by Giorgione," The Return of the Prodigal Son "by Rembrandt and" Perseus and Andromeda " by Rubens.The deal did not take place and fortunately for the Hermitage, the paintings remained in the museum. However, Gulbekyan was able to buy the "Annunciation" by Dirck Bouts (54 thousand pounds), the innovative work of J.-A. Houdon "Diana" for 20 thousand pounds , "Portrait of an Old Man" by Rembrandt for 30 thousand. Some purchased as works by the artists themselves, such as Rembrandt's "Pallas Athena", were attributed as works by students or not by them at all. What to do: business is business...In addition, the oil magnate bought works of art wherever he could. Dutch and Flemish paintings are represented not only by Rembrandt but also by Frans Hals, Ruisdael, Rubens, Van Dyck. Decoration collection of paintings and sculptures by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Rodin, Renoir, Vittore Carpaccio, George Romney, Stefan Lochner, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Henri Fantin-Latour, Jean-François Millet, Thomas Gainsborough, Turner, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Boucher. Impressionists are represented by Corot, Claude Monet, Degas, Édouard Manet. The museum is good not only inside, but also outside. A walk through the garden is very appropriate after viewing the collection. It allows you to put your emotions in order.
Written December 30, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
The unique art collection of legendary Calouste Gulbenkian!
Jan 2020
Mr. Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was a British-Armenian businessman and played a major role in the early oil indutry, becoming one of the world wealthiest tycoons. Along the years, Mr. Gulbenkian acquired one of the most fascinating art collections ever seen, with over 6,000 items. He chose Lisbon as home and his private collection can be visited at the "Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection". Take your time and stroll along the museum and Mr. Gulbenkian's collection - artworks from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, Mesopotamia, Armenia, the Far East and so on. One last remark, his collection of French acclaimed artist René Lalique is unique for quality and quantity! Unmissable! Enjoy!
Written December 17, 2020
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Jacqui R
Oxford, UK75 contributions
Rene Lalique!!
Nov 2020
My daughter and I so enjoyed the space and the pieces on display. Especially the Rene Lalique exhibition! Such a genius of his age! Mr Gulbenkian an Armenian, who opened up Syria to the West in terms of oil trade, definitely had an eye for beautiful things. Explore his collection of Japanese snuff boxes, Chinese ceramics , silver tureens, wall hangings from Istanbul and Rocco furniture from Paris...to name but a few...
Written November 26, 2020
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Jimbobthegob R
3 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2020 • Business
CLOSED till 2022 other part and gardens open but modern art museum closed review refers to precious visit
Written October 3, 2020
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,703 contributions
Quite an experience ...
Aug 2020
The permanent collection pertaining to Calouste Gulbenkian is definitely valuable and worth being visited. The rooms displaying articrafts from Egypt, Persia and Turkey, as well as the Oriental room and the apparently small room entirely dedicated to René Lalique are an absolute must, not to mention the ones dedicated to painting. Whether one is an Art lover or not I'm sure one will be impressed if one allows those artifacts to speak for themselves as one strolls along those exhibit rooms.
Written September 7, 2020
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Sheila R
San Diego, CA114 contributions
Modern Museum
Mar 2020
It was a interesting museum to experience with modern art pieces.
There are several different levels with various types of art. The park surrounding it is very pleasant and meditative.
Written March 15, 2020
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