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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

The museum is a little tricky to find but well worth it. It houses a collection which is wide ranging and a little eccentric but consists of some stunning pieces.

Thank Kay987654321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I took the bus up to the museum, and although I knew where it should have been located, it looked like it was all closed up behind a wall and locked gates. A sign pointing to the entrance would have been nice. Once I got...More

Thank ImeldaMario
Reviewed 3 days ago

We suggest you to visit this place. It was very interesting and also educational. The collection of Mr. Gulbenkian are a big treasure

Thank GabrielMarch2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum was a very pleasant surprise for me. It is well kept, well displayed, and well stocked. It is amazing ( to me) that some of the these articles (particularly the porcelain items) survived so unscathed through the centuries. It is a little to...More

Thank JohnKMiamiLakes
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautifully designed with selective, quality exhibits in beautifully lit spaces. The collection spans the centuries from Egypt to impressionists - we did not visit the contemporary art building - next time. Specular selection of middle eastern art.

1  Thank Robert21647
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fabulous museum! It is a great size and not overwhelming. Displays are laid out nicely, and we thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

Thank MississippiQueenB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really this museum is a huge disappointment. A rich man without much taste or vision amassed heaps of pottery, bases old carpets and some paintings without great interests. There are a few big-name European painters in there but none of the works are major. Loads...More

Thank GadjParis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful garden which is free to enter, saw dozens of ducklings and turtles (!) In the ponds. Many half-hidden paths cleverly laid out, and plenty of benches for the weary travellers. The museum(s) had great variety, including ancient artefacts, romanic furniture, classical paintings and fun...More

Thank Linda Marie R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well travelled Mr. Gulbenkian certainly acquired a massive art and artifact collection and managed to skirt harms way during the tumultuous years of the mid 20th century. Its good to be rich! And the public is now the beneficiary of Mr. Gulbenkian's insatiable appetite for...More

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never before experienced so much difficulty in finding my way around an art museum. The taxi dropped us at one building, but we had to go to a second building to get tickets and view the Founder's Collection. Finally, we had to find...More

Thank DerAlteBach
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Gurpreet G
Is there a permanent display of work by Paula Rego here?
26 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.
Hi, Please tell me the current price of admission to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
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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How would i get from the hotel PortoBay Marquês to the museum?
22 November 2016|
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Response from Yokeko | Reviewed this property |
I don't know know where the hotel is but I highly recommend maps.me, a very good off-line mapping app. It was extremely useful on on our recent five-week trip all around Portugal. Hotel staff will most certainly be able to... More