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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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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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Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed so many aspects of our trip to this collection; the location in attractive gardens, the variety of artefacts and paintings- Oriental, European, manuscripts from 12th, jewellery from 20th, Corot, Rodin, Hals, Rubens, Manet, rugs from Ottoman, Vases from old chinese dynasties, Turner. The...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I bought the book about the life of Calouste Gulbenkian. It helped me to better appreciate his brilliance, his vision, his philanthropy, his friendships ( e.g. St John Perse) and his excellent taste. I especially appreciated learning about Gulbenkian's deep attachment to his collection of...More

Thank tsagar2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I really enjoyed spending an afternoon at Gulbenkian. First of all, the collection is great, it includes everything and all sorts of artefacts. I particularly enjoyed the Flemish and French paintings. Beautiful gardens as well!

Thank Stanislava A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is often a challenge to find things to do on a Monday when most museums are closed. So we took the boat to cross the river Tejo and saw Almada in the Monday morning, then realized that this Museum was the weekly closure on...More

Thank yoshigva
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Comprehensive museum of first rate art. The antique rugs are exceptional. One of the great contributions of Gulbenkian to the world.

Thank perry2500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the museum offers a great variety of ancient objects, pottery, tapestry and many art works. It is organized in a sort of cronological order which makes the visit very pleasant

Thank csimoneti
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything here is perfectly chosen and beautifully displayed - you have a sense of a collector who really knew what he liked, and could afford prime examples of his many favourite genres and periods. We also enjoyed a lovely temporary exhibition about the influence of...More

Thank Louise G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed The Founder's Collection. A wonderful range of artefacts and paintings all beautifully displayed. Particularly liked Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Young Woman. Also loved Burne-Jones' The Mirror of Venus. Was not so keen on the modern art in the other gallery! Could easily have...More

Thank Lin D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very spacious and high quality exhibits, well laid out. We borrowed a wheelchair and spent a few hours here. Everything from Egyptian art to the Impressionists - paintings that we were amazed were in private collection. Unmisseable.

Thank NgFamilyLondon2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good variety of exhibits (paintings, ceramics, metalwork, etc) arranged chronologically. Plenty of room in the galleries; few people when we went. Map of galleries would help, so you can decide what interests you and where to devote time. Wonderful polished wood floor! Ugly outside; gardens...More

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Gurpreet G
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Response from Luis P | Reviewed this property |
No, you cloud find a permanent exhibition of the works of the painter Paula Rego in the House of Stories in Cascais, which was built for this purpose.
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sydneyAustinTexas
19 April 2017|
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Response from Torben S | Reviewed this property |
Hi I Think its 10 euro for The permanent exibition and 14 incl The exibition at dispay. And mayby its still free at sundays after 2 pm
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