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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Admission Ticket
Ranked #11 of 515 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

In two museums on beautiful grounds in downtown Lisbon. One houses ancient art and a second modern art from the collection of the Armenian millionaire and collector who eventually made Portugal his home in the 20th century and donated his huge collection to the nation.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

A great gallery with high quality exhibits brilliantly displayed (not crammed for wall space like the V&A in London but really well exhibited). Don't miss the Dragonfly Glass brooch by Rene Lalique or JMW Turner's oil painting of the Entrance to the Seine plus some excellent Persian ceramics and carpets / fabrics. Loads of great art well displayed must make it one of the great Museums in Europe and the gardens are a great sanctuary in a busy city. Spend half a day there, you'll not be disappointed if you love art! Great cafe too....what's not to love?

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

It was much better than I expected. Great variety, truly a gem in Portugal.
The cafes were excellent with good food and cheap priced

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

Certainly Senhor Gulbenkian had help with a curator or two, as this is a MAGNIFICENT private collection. We have see other privately-acquired collections, most notably the Anderson Collection within the Stanford Campus in Palo Alto, California. The Gulbenkian collection is a great cross-section of the interests and shows the passions of the collector. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

I love museums but this place was extra special. Not only was the collection great it was displayed so well. What a collector he was! It is definitely worth the visit. The day we were there was Founders Day and admission was free. The cafe is wonderful. Lots of variety on the menu and you can sit outside looking at the park like setting. Great visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
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