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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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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: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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“A must”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Great building housing a fantastic collection with the Lalique being the prime attraction.the paintings are a history of art in themselves.
The coffee shop is reasonable and worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

You will be surprised to see many great works of art here: Renoir, Monet, Manet among others. You'll also see some Egyptian artefacts, a wonderful collection of tiles, Persian and Chinese art. There's also an impressive collection of Rococo furniture. The entrance fee is very reasonable.

Visited August 2013
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Rabat, Morocco
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“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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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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