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Address: Rua Doutor Nicolau de Bettencourt, Lisbon 1050-078, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 782 3000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum might well be seen...

The Modern Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum might well be seen to start where the Founder's Collection ends, and in more ways than one. After Gulbenkian's death in 1955 his Foundation was established, and almost immediately began to support a wide range of activities, notably in the field of visual arts, both in Portugal and abroad, notably in Britain and France, where Gulbenkian had lived, but also in the Middle East, where he had made his fortune. Even before there was any kind of permanent home for these works, the Foundation was acquiring pieces by scholarship holders, from the exhibitions it organised, and from its advisors, notably in London, through the British Council. In 1983 the Foundation opened a new building as a home for various contemporary art activities, and from this date began more systematically to acquire works by modern Portuguese artists. In this way the collection touches the end of the 19th century where the Founder's collection ends. The collection continues to grow, by purchase and by donation, and comprises c. 10.500 pieces, many of which are films and photographs, as well as drawings, which can be shown only rarely. With the new displays of the collection we intend to show more material, within a historical framework, but in rotation. In this way we can introduce modern Portuguese art to those who hardly know it, as well as those who know it well.

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Just the modern, this time

There are two Gulbenkian museums on this site and the one dedicated to modern art is generally the less visited. We came upon it on a day when the permanent collections were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are two Gulbenkian museums on this site and the one dedicated to modern art is generally the less visited. We came upon it on a day when the permanent collections were closed and only the exhibitions were available (for a reduced entrance price), but we pressed on nonetheless. A good thing too. We watched a 35 year old classic... More 

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Bundeena, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

A marvellous once private collection of western, Arabic and Asian art of the highest order in a well designed museum set in a lovely park. The Rembrandt and Turner paintings are exceptional as is the Islamic collection. The Lalique room is also a major drawcard. Two good cafes and another large contemporary exhibition gallery, on a seperate ticket, is also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

A superb collection although in a pretty uninspiring building. The bonus is that it is free after 1400 on Sunday afternoons. The exhibits are presented and lit very well and labelled in English. The cafe seemed to be very popular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We only visited the permanent collection. Greek and Roman gold and silver coins in mint condition, superb lacquerware and inros, stunning silver, and the finale of simply stunning Lalique. I can't stop looking at my photos. Excellent value at 10 euros and half price for seniors. Note: Sao Sebastio best metro station. Difficult to find from Praca de Espanha.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the contemporary show of the Anfónio Ole and the retrospective show of José Escada but the "Portugal em fragrante" with the explanations about Portugal in the 20th century gives a great view of its recent history. Beautifully laid out show with large open galleries makes this a welcome visit. Plus only €5 and free after 2 pm... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a real treasure, this man had a great eye for collecting. Each gallery was very interesting from the ancient Egyptian and Greek artefacts, incredible ceramics, wonderful paintings and sculptures, but the highlight for me was the Rene Lalique room, packed full with beautiful jewellery and glass. The grounds around the museum are lovely and shady... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We mistakenly stumbled upon this museum while we were visiting a garden. We didn't know this museum was so busy! It was free on a Sunday aswell! It's easy to spend a few hours here. We especially enjoyed the Asian exhibition. There is so much to see and read. Would visit again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

It was quite warm in the middle of the day on my recent visit to Lisbon. I decided an air conditioned museum was just the business... And it was! I'm not into spending my entire day in museums but I really liked this one! There was a great variation in exhibits but not so vast that it would turn you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Just visited the venue.I'm not much a museum person but I even liked some parts.If you are museum person you should definitely Go and see it.If you have a Grayline Bus ticket you also benefit a discount on tickets. A nice piece of collection of Turkish man.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

I originally wanted to visit the Gulbenkian for the modern collection (which did not disappoint) but fell in love with the beautiful and tranquil grounds as well the Islamic and Oriental art. The Lalique collection was eye-opening -- I had no idea about the breadth of his work, which seems to defy any particular time period. Had I had planned... More 

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