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“Very Interesting - well worth getting the guided tour in English”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Admission Ticket
Ranked #25 of 497 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We visited the Gulbenkian Foundation on a wet Monday in March, having spotted that there was a special discount on entry combined with a tour of the collection with an English speaking guide. We were very pleased because our guide, Carlos Carrivito (?) was highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and really brought the exhibits to life. Try and get a tour with Carlos because this way you will get insights into Gulbenkian the man, and the collection that bears his name,

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Some nice pieces in the collection but not at all a must see if you are in Lisbon. Although flyer states for example Lalique collection, there are, alas, only about 50 pieces, some very nice though. Private collection, therefore few pieces of each but large variety.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The incredible Lalique collection is worth the visit but the span of time from Assyrian & Egyptian artifacts through Asian, Middle Eastern, & European objets d’art & 19th-early 20th century paintings are fascinating.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Spent a great few hours here today on both the arte moderne gallery and the main gallery. Mind blowing and very moving collection of art from all ages and all times. The gardens in between the two buildings are brilliant for allowing the art in the first place to sink in before diving into the second. The gardens are full of simplicity, with a limited palate, great design and a lot of ducks. Delicious food at both cafés too. Also took in the Park Eduardo with the greenhouses too which is very close to here. Handy to get to on the metro.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The founders collection is astonishing there are wonderful paintings and treasures .If you travel to the museum by the metro there are very few signs once you get to street level which is a shame and once you do find the museum it is quite difficult to find the entrance but it is worth persivering. The modern section wasn't to my taste ,but that is a personal choice , I would recommend you go and make your own opinion.

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