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Tuesday - 14:00-18:00; Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00-18:00
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Dr. António Anastácio Gonçalves lived between 1888 and1965. He was a noted ophthalmologist in Lisbon. In the 1930s he was the personal doctor of Calouste Gulbenkian. He visited Gulbenkian in his Paris home and saw the art treasures that Gulbenkian owned. Perhaps this motivated the doctor to start his own collections. In 1932 he bought the Casa-Malhoa, which was owned by the painter Jose Malhoa. This house had been built by the architect Norte Junior in 1905 and won the Valmor Prize for architecture in 1905. This had been the first artist’s house built in Lisbon.
Dr. Gonçalves never married. He must have had money to be able to collect about 2000 art objects, mostly bought in Portugal. More important than money is the fact that the good doctor had exquisite taste. The collection includes Portuguese painting of the nineteenth century, seventeenth to nineteenth century Portuguese and foreign furniture and an internationally renowned Chinese porcelain collection. There are also jewelry, Iznik faience, coins, medals, bronzes, glass, and pocket watches. He left his estate to the government and this was the basis for this museum.
Note: The museum allows photography without flash.