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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

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Address: Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
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+351 21 782 3461
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Gulbenkian complex features a museum that houses a magnificent private...

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.

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Rich collection but sadly much was closed

Everything on show was of the highest quality but we left a little disappointed - worked our way through an embarrassment of Ottoman ceramics and ornate furniture of various... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything on show was of the highest quality but we left a little disappointed - worked our way through an embarrassment of Ottoman ceramics and ornate furniture of various French King Louis while we were most excited about getting to Turner and French impressionists... closed for repairs... sadly not even a painting or two extracted for viewing elsewhere in the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an ok museum. 10 euros to get in unless you are a student. Students are 5 euros. It is really small. We had to put our stuff in lockers and you put a euro in but you get it back when you go and retrieve your stuff. It had some interesting pieces like their bible, books, and oriental... More 

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france
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a really fascinating collection of objects very tastefullly displayed. plus there's a great cafe to have lunch in the sun!

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Saumur, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superbly laid out and exhibited, the collection reflects the unlimited money of its founder ... his motto in collecting was "Only the Best" and that's what you get. The biggest oriental rugs, the most unbroken and immaculate porcelain and glass, the top painters of their day .... allow plenty of time for the visit. There are benches everywhere and we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It now costs 10 Euros to enter; quite a shock, as recently as 2014, it was only 5. This means you need to have a lot of time to spend there to make it worthwhile.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second time I visited this museum and I'm still impressed. They have a wonderful collection with interesting items for everyone's taste. Paintings, furniture, Egyption art, Asian china, Persian rugs, silverware etc., etc. They are renovating a small part of the museum and therefore part of the collection could not be seen in January 2017. Also the cafetaria... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum seems to be linked to the Centro de Arte Moderna, which we really enjoyed looking around and has a fascinating collection of modern art. The two buildings are fairly close together and the same ticket gets you into both, so don't go buying two! If you are staying in the Marques de Pombal area then there is a... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was nice to spend whole afternoon walking and enjoying Gulbenkian collection of ancient and temporary art, jewellery and furniture

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Brattleboro, VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is now one of my favorite museums in the world. What an eclectic and superior collection! I would go back in a second!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really wanted to visit this hotel and I researched it on the website before we went. Unfortunately, we had a bad experience. As I bought tickets at the reception and said we wanted to see the Monets we were not told the exhibition was closed. We bought tickets and then were told we were in the wrong building. Not... More 

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