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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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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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Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3461
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Reviewed yesterday

As some have indicated, it can be difficult to find the front door to the museum, which is dwarfed by the foundation building next door to it. But it is definitely worth finding. The collection is beautifully displayed all on one very spacious floor. Signage...More

Thank laborman1
Reviewed yesterday

Modern art section was very interesting, showing art chronologically from the beginning of 20th century to present with the explanation of the history of Portugal. It showed mainly Portuguese artists. The main section of the museum is really good also, plenty of ceramics (from ancient...More

Thank Katarína G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth taking in this gallery which is a short distance from downtown Lisbon by train, and these are easy to navigate on. We were there at opening time and there was no queue, and helpful staff to guide us around the two buildings that house...More

Thank BellaFigura
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mr Gulbenkian certainly had an eye for historical pieces - unless some of his gofers did it all for him. We had an eye-opening 3 hours in here and in the Modern Art part of the museum. A wonderful collection. 50% discount for over 65s...More

Thank Jimclevs
Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautifully laid out museum and as with everywhere in Portugal, helpful and friendly staff. Amazing selection of paintings.

Thank Amber1937
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed this museum and it's lovely garden. The museum is an extensive but well-cureated collection which begins with Roman and Egyptian antiquities and ancient Islamic carpets, ceramics, etc., and proceeds through history, ending with Impressionist paintings and newer works. The exhibits include furniture,...More

Thank SandyKNA
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the tour twice weekly we went sat 11 am, had breakfast in lively cafe outside. It's an hour picking out the key items and afterwards you can look alone, so good in English €12. This is a gem eclectic mix but best in...More

Thank MartinBrophy
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum was financed by a bequest from Calouste Gulbenkian and built between 1964 and 1969. Gulbenkian's extensive private art collection makes up the bulk of the collection which is divided into two sections :ancient and oriental exhibits and the second with European art and...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the better, more manageable art museums we have visited. Not huge but had beautiful tapestries, oriental rugs, paintings and sculptures. Several Rodins, Monets, 16th century artists and much more. Nice park like setting outside. Free on first Sunday of each month. Highly recommend...More

Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not a huge museum, but has a lot of genuine artworks like paintings, pottery, old charming furniture, tapestry, oriental carpets, etc. A real pleasure to visit all the collections and then relax in the magnificent garden where everyone can find its favorite spot.

Thank marta_from_romania
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Gurpreet G
25 April 2017|
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Response from Luis P | Reviewed this property |
No, you cloud find a permanent exhibition of the works of the painter Paula Rego in the House of Stories in Cascais, which was built for this purpose.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Torben S | Reviewed this property |
Hi I Think its 10 euro for The permanent exibition and 14 incl The exibition at dispay. And mayby its still free at sundays after 2 pm
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