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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
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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the best museum in Lisbon

There is no better museum, when you like art and sculpture; don't miss the garden; the variety is amazing;

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University Park, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no better museum, when you like art and sculpture; don't miss the garden; the variety is amazing;

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Fort Bragg, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful collection of art not typically found elsewhere in Europe. Prepare to spend at least two hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who love Art-deco Jewelry and Impressionism painting it's a must see museum. The paintings of Renoir, Mannet & Degas were beautiful. The Lalique's collection was amazing, very beautiful and unique. There was a nice display of French furniture's from Louis the 15th Period. One room had porcelain from China and Japan, which were very pretty. Make sure to... More 

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Our Guide Book, Pocket Rough Guide, was bought in February 2017 from Amazon - we consulted it carefully and went to visit the Gulbenkian Museums on Tuesday. Big Mistake! The Rough guide clearly says they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.45. Opening hours have obviously changed and the museums are shut Tuesday. Beware.

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The modern collection is very nice and the founder's is extraordinary, and both are diplayed in worderful building surrounded by a lovely park. I was moved by a large Asyrian image and the many Turkish ceramic pieces of art. It is free on Sundays after 2 pm.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this museum. The history of Mr. Gulbenkian and how he came to donate his extensive collection of art to Portugal is fascinating. The collection shows a real flair for collecting. The way it is arranged gives such a wonderful perspective on the development of cultures and art. We were especially impressed with the way carpets were displayed, the... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time to visit a quality museum, you are warmly welcomed to the Calosta Gulbenkian Museum, surrounded by gardens. In the name of a businessman, entrepreneur and Armenian financial expert, and presents the private collection he has accumulated all his life. Do not miss the counter, rembrandt, handicrafts, rugs, jewelry from China.

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This museum is a must if you like quality artwork. Unlike many other museums, it is not stuffed with anything they could get but with exceptional quality items from all periods and areas, with highlights on islamic art and a full room dedicated to the artworks of Lalique at its best. Definitively worth the visit

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We were delighted to discover the work of one of Portugal's important artists, José de Almada Negeiros, here. A large retrospective of his work was on a special exhibit. The permanent collection was also quite good and the surrounding grounds, gardens, and restaurant make this a great place for families, as well. Accessible by taxi or public transport, it's a... More 

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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If you love art, don't leave Lisbon without seeing this museum. Gulbenkian made his fortune as a petroleum engineer back when the middle eastern oil fields were just getting started. The building housing his personal collection is well laid out and it's a joy to view the works on display. The Sao Sebastiao metro station is adjacent to the gardens... More 

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