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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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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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One of my fav museums in Lisbon

Calouste Gulbenkian was a British businessman and philanthropist of Armenian origin. Throughout his life, he was passionately collecting pieces of art, advised by the best art... read more

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Calouste Gulbenkian was a British businessman and philanthropist of Armenian origin. Throughout his life, he was passionately collecting pieces of art, advised by the best art experts of that time. Everything from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art, old coins and European painting and decorative arts - mr.Gulbenkian wanted it all. Happily enough, currently all art fans can enjoy businessman's... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing collection of beautiful things. It is huge and there is too much to absorb in one visit.Two or three visits about 3 hours each would be ideal if you really want to do it justice.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the private collection of Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian which is one of the best in Europe. If you've free time please enjoy also the marvellous garden and lake full of colourful ducks. A concert house is also part of the complex.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting insight into one man's passion for collecting art-- from an astonishingly fine coin collection, to Rembrandt and Rubenson, punctuated with beautiful rugs and textiles.

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Brussels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything on show was of the highest quality but we left a little disappointed - worked our way through an embarrassment of Ottoman ceramics and ornate furniture of various French King Louis while we were most excited about getting to Turner and French impressionists... closed for repairs... sadly not even a painting or two extracted for viewing elsewhere in the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an ok museum. 10 euros to get in unless you are a student. Students are 5 euros. It is really small. We had to put our stuff in lockers and you put a euro in but you get it back when you go and retrieve your stuff. It had some interesting pieces like their bible, books, and oriental... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a really fascinating collection of objects very tastefullly displayed. plus there's a great cafe to have lunch in the sun!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superbly laid out and exhibited, the collection reflects the unlimited money of its founder ... his motto in collecting was "Only the Best" and that's what you get. The biggest oriental rugs, the most unbroken and immaculate porcelain and glass, the top painters of their day .... allow plenty of time for the visit. There are benches everywhere and we... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It now costs 10 Euros to enter; quite a shock, as recently as 2014, it was only 5. This means you need to have a lot of time to spend there to make it worthwhile.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second time I visited this museum and I'm still impressed. They have a wonderful collection with interesting items for everyone's taste. Paintings, furniture, Egyption art, Asian china, Persian rugs, silverware etc., etc. They are renovating a small part of the museum and therefore part of the collection could not be seen in January 2017. Also the cafetaria... More 

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