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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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$23.95*
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City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #5 of 448 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With works ranging from Antiquity to the early 20th century, the Founder’s Collection comprises more than six thousand pieces gathered throughout Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s life, including Egyptian Art, Greco-Roman Art, Islamic Arts, Painting, Sculpture and European Decorative Arts. Works by great masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Degas and René Lalique’s largest set of jewels are just a few examples of what can be found in one of the best private collections in the world. Besides the Founder’s Collection, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is also comprised by the Modern Collection, which features the largest and most complete collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese Art. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is surrounded by one of the most emblematic modern gardens in Portugal, open all year. The Museum offers a wide range of facilities to improve the visitor’s experience: three cafeterias overlooking the Garden, a museum shop, free cloackroom service and free Wi-Fi.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wonderful museum in a great park setting. The collection is absolutely outstanding with only top quality paintings and decorative arts.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This museum has a little of everything. Paintings of portraits and landscapes, sculptures, furniture, jewels, pottery, carpets, tiles, hair clips and pins are arranged beautifully in several different rooms that are laid out so you can walk from one to the next.

I did the audio tour and thought it was worthwhile. For 4 Euros you hear a little info about chosen pieces (about 20% or less have audio information).

The cafeteria is not pricey with a good lunch.

The gardens are also worth a walk through.

I did this in 1/2 a day but you could easily make a day out of it.

The surrounding area is a nice part of the city to walk around and shop also!

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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.

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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.

Thank Teodora21
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

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.

Thank TravelingHT
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