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“Totally charming, beautiful gardens”

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Admission Ticket
Ranked #11 of 501 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 October 2018

This is a charming museum, filled with tasteful exhibits, wonderfully presented. It clearly benefits by having no obligation to art history or academic considerations. This is a perfect place to visit for 2 - 3 hours, not getting too tired. The gardens are wonderful.
Don´t bother with the modern wing which has little interest.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thordur H
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Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed Gulbenkian museum very much, especially a part with European masterpieces, although the exibition of Egiptian, Persian and Chinese ancient artwork is also something special. We visited modern gallery as well where we were surprised seing a lot of young people sitting at the floor around the artwork and sketching the sculptures. Finally, we enjoyed strolling through the Gulbenkian park which resembles to a botanical garden and is extremely well maintained.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 895sanjac
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

We thought it was a great museum with so much to see. We liked that there were so many varied exhibits. It made it more interesting. The gardens were also lovely. We saw so much wildlife and it was a nice oasis from the hustle & bustle of Lisbon. The cafe was also very good.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Claygum
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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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