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“WORLD CLASS Art collection”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 15 October 2018

The Gulbenkian Foundation was suggested as a must-see by friends, so it was one of our first stops. I was familiar with the history of Sr. Gulbenkian - known as "Mr. Five Percent" for his persistent deal-brokering in the petroleum industry about a century ago. His ability to amass an oil fortune, largely by simply being in the room, dwarfs the similar work of J. Paul Getty during the same period.
What I wasn't prepared for was how prodigious he was as an art collector! The Founder's collection is an astounding assemblage of notable art, from pre-christ middle eastern artifacts through 19th and 20th century European works. Truly one of the best collections in the Western world.
So too the grounds and buildings of the Museum. Lisbon offered up a botanical garden as a site for the collection (it helped that Gulbenkian was living in Lisbon at the time) and it is a stunning setting for the buildings and the collection. Do not miss it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank peter s
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

A brilliant collection

Some amazing individual pieces and overall an incredible and enjoyable experience

Very highly recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Albia-Newton
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

My wife and I were pleasantly shocked at some of the art displayed in this museum. After being “torched” by our visit to the MAAT museum in Belen, this one was a true gem. I even enjoyed the modern art gallery next door, and I am not even much of a fan of modern art. Exhibits were stunning and spread out so that one didn’t feel overwhelmed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wladamson
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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
Thank PandC1956
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