We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #5 of 425 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Remarkable museum! We spent 2 full days in Lisbon and we not sure if we should spend our time at this museum but it was well worth thevisit. Exceptional collection of a wide range of art and objects from a private collection. Each piece was exquisite and extremely well displayed with notations in Portuguese and English. The collection is not overwhelming and manageable in a 2 hour visit. The building itself was well designed and a wonderful interaction with the landscape. This is a top notch international museum. This is a must if you are in Lisbon.

Visited October 2012
Thank Okal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

6,529 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
London, UK
Level Contributor
35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely museum, not too big, something for everyone”
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
Thank TriciaMc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Don't miss it !”
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
Thank BucharestDeeDee2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Do NOT miss this museum!”
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
Thank lauriesland
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
143 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
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
Thank Mark S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection also viewed

Lisbon, Lisbon District
Lisbon, Lisbon District
Lisbon, Lisbon District
Lisbon, Lisbon District

Been to Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing