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“Outstanding eclectic collection and nice lunch”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #5 of 427 things to do in Lisbon
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
La Canada Flintridge, California
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“Outstanding eclectic collection and nice lunch”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is an amazing collection of one man, an oil magnate from Turkey who moved from Paris to Lisbon during WWII and then gave his collection to the city. He was a friend of Rene Lalique and has a unique assortment of Lalique items from the turn of the last century. He has a wonderful collection of items from the Middle East, rugs, ceramics, etc. as well as his Louis XIV furniture from his apartment in Paris. Also items from Egyot, Greece, China, and paintings from major European artists. Well worth a visit!

Visited September 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“nice park”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Gulbenkian has a nice park to spend a couple of hours on a piknik or just sunbathing, located in the metro stop "praca de espanha", has great accesses.

Visited December 2011
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chattanooga
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“Amazing collection”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

This was a highlight of our trip. An amazing personal collection that is well presented. Admission was 50% off for seniors(2 Euros each), as it was at many of the places we visited in Portugal.

Visited October 2012
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“What an amazing collection, so diverse.”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Loved the Parque das Nacoes with the beautiful Vasco da Gama Bridge, cable cars and brilliant shopping centre.

Visited October 2012
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“I feel shame”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

It was a wonderful experience overall. I felt shame that my country refused to give funds and premises to Mr. Gulbenkian, in his homeland for theis museum.
The exhbit "Ages of the Sea" was wonderful. The permanent exhibit was impressive. I could not have fathomed a private individual could have posessed such treasures from ancient Egyptian gold sculptures to Ottoman Iznik artifacts ,Esfahan rugs and Rembrandt originals.

The museum is very conveniently organized.

Great pleasure to have been here.

Visited October 2012
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