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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a large museum with huge gardens and a selection of fixed exhibitions and new exhibitions. This is a world class museum and was empty the day I went. A complete treat.

Thank Thembi M
Reviewed 2 days ago

A nice (and not too large) collection of items and paintings from pretty much all the historical periods and art movements. Well worth seeing. Sunday afternoons for free.

Thank MartinG1984
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are two parts to this museum -- modern and traditional, all on a park setting that in itself is worth a visit. As happens with many great museums in the world, Mr Gulbenkian donated his art collection -- most inspiring.

Thank AnniversaryGal
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a great museum, what a thoughtful exhibited collection, you can really walk through time here. Admire the coin collection from before Christ, famous paintings, costumes, pieces of precious antique furniture and decorative items in home-like settings, modern art creations ... too much to mention...More

Thank princessdaisy2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Gulbenkian offers a breadth of riches - Egyptian pottery and glass, Greco Roman sculptures, Persian rugs and tiles, Renaissance paintings an works by Turner, Cassat, Manet,Renoir, Rembrandt and Whistler. Don't miss the awesome collection of Lalique!

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had some free time in Lisbon so headed to this Museum. Arranged in chronological order - all on one floor - 17 rooms/galleries. Fantastic collection of Egyptian art, Chinese Porcelein (vases and plates) and paintings and sculptures. Cassatt, Rembrandt, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Rubens, Manet, Gaudi....More

Thank NikkiDetroit
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are lucky to be there on Sunday after 2pm which is free. I am not a modern / contemporary art person so to me an entrance fee of Euro 14 is just not worth it. The fittings on the hall itself looks run-down and...More

Thank PLP1004
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this private museum on a tour for an architecture class, and was very surprised at the Gulbenkian experience. Art was well curated and the Egyptian exhibit was fantastic. The cafe also was pretty good compared to the usual museum food fare. It's a...More

Thank Lexie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

An online article claims that the museum has one of the finest and most valuable collections of art in Europe. Another says it is the best museum in Portugal. As we headed there on a rainy day, we wondered whether it would live up to...More

1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has various treasures and works. As well as European ones, there are Asian collections, too. With a wonderful garden around, I think it's nice for a half day trip.

Thank JH L
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Gurpreet G
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.
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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