Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
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The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a Portuguese museum in the civil parish of Avenidas Novas, in the municipality of Lisbon. Founded in conformity with Calouste Gulbenkian's last will and testament, the museum accommodates the art collection of the similarly-named Foundation, that includes ancient and, some, modern art.HistoryVasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida acquired part of the Parque de Santa Gertrudes, on April 1957, for the construction of the Foundation buildings and public/private park. Two years later, a competition was launched for a project to construct the organization's headquarters. It was eventually won by the team that included architects Alberto J. Pessoa, Pedro Cid and Ruy Jervis d'Athouguia (1917-2006), in addition to the landscaping architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, who were responsible for designing the park surrounding the building.Later, Francisco Caetano Keil do Amaral was added to the team, as a consultant, and Frederico Henrique George joined the team working on the building.In December 1961, the anterior project of the park was begun, while work on the earthworks and retaining walls beginning the following year. A sculpture panel was installed in the headquarters building by architect Artur Rosa in 1962. By 1967, the interior finishing were adjudicated, with the project concluded in 1968. On 2 October 1969, the buildings and gardens were inaugurated.The 12th International Federation of Landscaping Architects Congress was held in September 1970 on the grounds of the Gulbenkian Foundation. In 1975, the property was distinguished with the Valmor Prize.
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  • There are two Gulbenkian museums on this site and the one dedicated to modern art is generally the less visited. We came upon it on a day when the permanent collections were closed and only the exhibi...  more »
  • A marvellous once private collection of western, Arabic and Asian art of the highest order in a well designed museum set in a lovely park. The Rembrandt and Turner paintings are exceptional as is the ...  more »
  • The Museum may seem a bit chaotic. In the first part of the collection are items originating in ancient times, including Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Mesopotamia. Further halls we can admire a rich collection of furniture and utilitarian objects and collections of painting works of art.
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  • Just tremendous. From ancient Assyrian alabaster reliefs to modern sculpture with everything in between. Well constructed collection with little filler and some fantastic works given the space they need. If it was possible to describe this place in words we wouldn't need art! Blown away by this
  • Donated to Portugal by Calouste Gulbenkian for granting him amnesty during WW2, this collection contains select pieces from five thousand years of human history. Designed to flow through its entirety with ease unlike some museums. Great collection. Easily the best museum in Lisbon Great gardens as well
  • Free on Sunday after 14:00. You will find a very nice collection of old and modern art in two nice modern buildings. The collector seemed to have a good taste because he only collected the best of the best from all ages.
  • Gulbenkian is a center for art, culture, science and all fantastic artistic expositions and traditional and classic music concerts. Very unique building and landscape design . Very calm and full of peace place. A must see place. I highly recommend.
  • Great museum. Sadly visited on a day when there were groups of school children and their teachers who monopolised art works, in particularly the whole Rene Lalique room making it almost impossible for other visitors to view the works.