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“Incredible tiles and carpets”

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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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Rabat, Morocco
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“Incredible tiles and carpets”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

I am a carpet and tile junkie. I was so overcome by the beauty of the Persian, Turkish, Syrian and Indian tiles and carpets it bought a tear to my eyes. A lot of earlier tiles 15-16 th century, which are obviously hard to come by and very rare. I've not seen a collection like this before.

Beautifully laid out. Did not get audio guide,but would have been a good idea as very little description of each item other than the title and date.

Rest of the museum was good too, Egyptian, Chinese, paintings.

Got around in 1 hour, as I was on a schedule. Go! Even if you have less time. Not to be missed. Better than the National Tile Museum in my view, but I like the more intricate tiles, and less of the pictorial style.

Taxis are also very easy to get, not like back from the Tile Museum.

Visited September 2013
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“For contemporary art lovers”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

It is a very good museum. You will be surprised by their own collection and also you can visit seasonal exhibitions. They have a good library where you can buy good books.

Visited September 2013
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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“Stunning”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

What an astounding collection of art, jewellery, archeological finds, manuscripts, orgnaments, furniture etc etc. this was one of the best things about Lisbon for me. The surrounding garden is very lovely to wander in too.

Visited August 2013
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new york
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“A must!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Jewel of a museum. Beautiful modern building in a park-like campus-like setting with wifi. Only four euros and likely two if you are 66. Specific highlights for me were the art nouveau mirror, Parisian silver service wear, Lalique jewels to wear, Turkish pottery, Japanese boxes.

Visited September 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“good value”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great collection of persian art. Well worth seeing. Not a huge place so very manageable for a two hour visit.

Visited July 2013
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