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“Lovely museum, not too big, something for everyone”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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$22.20*
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City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #5 of 422 things to do in Lisbon
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
London, UK
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely museum, not too big, something for everyone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to this museum, as it was just the right size - you could see everything in about 2 hours, or skip your least favourite sections for a shorter visit. I particularly enjoyed the islamic pottery and the paintings, my friends loved the Chinese pottery. The small room of Lalique jewellery was fabulous. The art collection held an impressive number of works by famous artists, Turner, Sargeant, Burne-Jones, lots of early Manets and Corots, among others.
The museum is spacious and cool and there are plenty of seats to rest on. The gardens are very nice too.
Entry was 4 euros, and we rented audio guides for 4 euros but were disappointed in the commentary, which didn't tell us much extra about the exhibits.
The cafeteria-style cafe was reasonable value.

Visited October 2012
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BUCHAREST
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Don't miss it !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Impressive museum for the building as well as the Gulbenkian collection.Beautiful garden which you can see through the huge windows as if it were just another work of art on display.

Visited September 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Do NOT miss this museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

I was on a group tour to Spain and Portugal and opted out of a day trip to go to this museum. Am I glad I did! I am a museum junkie and have been to terrific places, but this is a little gem. It has a whole room devoted to Lalique, which was breathtaking. You'll find a beautiful Egyptian exhibit and wonderful ancient Greek coins. Then there's the Rembrandts, Rubens, Gainesboroughs . . . I could go on and on. I also had a very good lunch in the cafe.

Visited October 2012
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Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

An amazing, eclectic collection of top-quality art from around the world. Not too large, and not a single thing in it that's not in some way remarkable. Definitely too good to miss.

Visited October 2012
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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful and uncrowded”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We went the day we landed in Lisbon since it was within walking distance from our hotel. A great place to start a vacation. We were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful modern, well-lit, uncrowded museum. The collection spans the centuries. We ate lunch at the cafe and then took a taxi back to our hotel since it was all uphill.

Visited September 2012
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