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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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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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“ancient egypt” (48 reviews)
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Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful garden which is free to enter, saw dozens of ducklings and turtles (!) In the ponds. Many half-hidden paths cleverly laid out, and plenty of benches for the weary travellers. The museum(s) had great variety, including ancient artefacts, romanic furniture, classical paintings and fun...More

Thank Linda Marie R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well travelled Mr. Gulbenkian certainly acquired a massive art and artifact collection and managed to skirt harms way during the tumultuous years of the mid 20th century. Its good to be rich! And the public is now the beneficiary of Mr. Gulbenkian's insatiable appetite for...More

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have never before experienced so much difficulty in finding my way around an art museum. The taxi dropped us at one building, but we had to go to a second building to get tickets and view the Founder's Collection. Finally, we had to find...More

Thank DerAlteBach
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a few hours at the Gulbenkian and found it to be one of the most attractive and well-presented museums we've seen anywhere. A great story about it's origins, and many great displays. We also took in the modern exhibit, and while the building...More

Thank ASAP8
Reviewed 3 days ago

The modern art departement is ok, but I really liked the the part with the anciant art. The restaurants are excellent for lunch.

Thank mirjamvanthof
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an impressive art museum, set in attractive parkland. The objects displayed range from statuettes from the ancient world to works by the Impressionists. There are some fine items from the Islamic world and some beautiful ceramics. The varied paintings include works by Monet,...More

Thank GreyGrandad
Reviewed 5 days ago

Rally very good exhibited work! You will admire to works of Many modern art. It is free in sundays too !

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The founders collection is an amazing selection of some of the most beautiful exhibits. There are items from ancient Egypt, the middle and far East, paintings, furniture, and some exquisite art deco Lalique.

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not that easy to find, but when we did impressed with the museum, modern architecture but perfect for the very interesting collection, and above all the beautiful cool gardens with flowing streams, fish, a turtle, ducklings. Would recommend for gardens alone, and the cafe overlooking...More

Thank AJG_Ipswich
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A treasure in the heart of Lisbon. Wonderful collection of unique art, furniture. Small but mighty. Enjoyed best with one of the highly experienced guides. Go!

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Gurpreet G
Is there a permanent display of work by Paula Rego here?
April 25, 2017|
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Response from Luis P | Reviewed this property |
No, you cloud find a permanent exhibition of the works of the painter Paula Rego in the House of Stories in Cascais, which was built for this purpose.
Hi, Please tell me the current price of admission to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
April 19, 2017|
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Response from Torben S | Reviewed this property |
Hi I Think its 10 euro for The permanent exibition and 14 incl The exibition at dispay. And mayby its still free at sundays after 2 pm
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How would i get from the hotel PortoBay Marquês to the museum?
November 22, 2016|
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Response from Yokeko | Reviewed this property |
I don't know know where the hotel is but I highly recommend maps.me, a very good off-line mapping app. It was extremely useful on on our recent five-week trip all around Portugal. Hotel staff will most certainly be able to... More