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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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$22.10*
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City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #5 of 422 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you arrive on the metro walk to the main road, El Corle Ingles will be in front of you, turn right and the entrance is down the road on your right. We couldn't believe there wasn't a sign. The main museum, 5 euro per adult, was money well spent. The pieces cover a huge period in history and are remarkably well preserved with an amazing variety. The ancient artifacts were particularly well preserved with incredible detail visible. Although I didn't like all the pieces there is definitely something for every taste.
The walk through the gardens to the modern art museum is delightful with sculptures dotting the grass on ether side of the path, the duck filled lakes offer some zen like tranquility.
The modern art museum was very intriguing with interactive installations that drew you in, especially some of the sound boxes with film sequences - a very atmospheric experience! Due to an exhibition some of the normal pieces weren't on show but it didn't spoil the visit.
Amazing disabled access with lifts and ramps throughout the complex also making it ideal for families with buggies. It is good to find an attraction that caters for all ages and abilities close to the city centre.

Visited July 2014
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melbourne australia
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“Eclectic collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Walking from our apartment in the old town we were rewarded with a wonderful collection of ancient to modern collectables . We a all enjoyed something - Reuben's paintings through to Lalique pieces . Pleasant outside cafe afterwards

Visited August 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Exceptional, Wide-Ranging Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was an amazing collection of art. I seemingly covered every recognized major art period spanning thousands of years, beginning with the ancient Greek, Roman and Asian periods, and continuing through to the Impressionists. The museum could almost be seem as a "sampler" with just enough of each period and style, as if it was trying to have at least some representation from every artistic era. Easy to see it all, without spending hours doing so. Perhaps that is what makes this modest sized museum so enjoyable. Recommended.

Visited December 2013
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Mysen, Norway
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“Interesting...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting for art lovers. Quiet park, where you really can stress off.
Near to some good restaurants and the El Corte Ingles shopping center

Visited July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Small but mighty; do not miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

Fabulous collection; billionaire Gulbenkian collected the 'creme de la creme' -- the best ceramics, sculpture, paintings, & more [some from Catherine the Great who was quite the collector herself!]
One room devoted to Lalique, a friend of Gulbenkian's.

Short walk from a metro stop [although when you exit the station, you cannot see the museum].
Worth the trip, worth the little walk & worth every Euro! [Note Spain's consulate close by with guard in his sentry box outside.]

Plus: on-site busy little self-service cafe serves good food & beverages at reasonable prices.

Note: we visited on Sunday to discover entrance is free that day.

Visited June 2014
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