Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

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3.2/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of the best museums in Europe. The collection of paintings is beautiful, but a differential is the huge collection of art objects from the East. This is my 2nd visit
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  • We only visited the permanent collection. Greek and Roman gold and silver coins in mint condition, superb lacquerware and inros, stunning silver, and the finale of simply stunning Lalique. I can't sto...  read more »
  • I really enjoyed the contemporary show of the Anfónio Ole and the retrospective show of José Escada but the "Portugal em fragrante" with the explanations about Portugal in the 20th century gives a gre...  read more »
  • 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
  • Excelente museu, com uma excelente colecção.
  • Very nice collection and very well presented. From Egyptian art and Persian carpets to Rubens, Rembrandt and Monet... it's all there. The adjacent park alone is worth a visit. The building is also really nice.
  • I just love this beautiful and calm garden in the heart of Lisbon. The museum is great as well, but I go there for the garden.
  • Free entry for the Museum on Sunday after 2pm, amazing collection and beautiful garden. Totally worth a visit!
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