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“More interesting than I'd anticipated, and free on Sundays”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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Ranked #25 of 461 things to do in Lisbon
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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.
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Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

I'm not one for museums usually, and certainly not one for galleries. But this had enough interesting and rare pieces of art and artefacts from around the world (mostly the Arab/Muslim world and China) that Gulbenkian collected during his rather eccentric time on the Earth. I was a particular fan of the Turkish and Persian stuff, but it was all rather nice. Plus it was free on Sunday. Another bonus. It's considered an integral part of the Lisbon tourist experience, and I can see why.

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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Visit the temporary exhibitions, but also the entire collection (impressionist, contemporary, classical) and sometimes free entry. I must say thank you to the gentleman for being a great lover and collector and having everything available in Portugal. The entire foundation, museum, and gardens are really nice. The exhibited works of high quality. Testimony of taste and exceptional wealth of one man who has everything and left Portugal with a diverse museum from Egypt to Lalique through the Middle East, the Impressionists, furniture and objects French art of the eighteenth century, paintings of all schools, etc. A must see if you go to Lisbon.

3  Thank AlexandraPthology
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

I can tell stories about my visit. But just go there to see a wonderful colleaction of ancient art from the Ottoman empire days and later.

Thank Arthur S
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

This must rate as one of the best collections I have ever seen. I purchased the book of paintings so I am still re living the experience.

The cafe was excellent too.

1  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

The travel books advised that this was a must-see in Lisbon. And they were right. The Gulbenkian features an eclectic collection of art from ancient times up through the 20th Century. The museum is beautifully laid out so that each period of art gets to tell its own story. The day we were there it was almost empty, so we got lots of time to reflect on what was on display. Highly recommended!

Thank Brian E
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