Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

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Marvel at the extraordinary range of artworks on display at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Formed from the private collection of Ottoman-born oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian (of which only about one-sixth remains on permanent exhibition), the museum houses treasures spanning East and West and including Egyptian relics, Chinese porcelain, Western masterpieces, and everything in between. After browsing the galleries of paintings, jewelry, furniture, sculptures, and more, take a stroll in the landscaped park in which the museum resides. Before you head to Lisbon, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lisbon travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Lisbon has to offer, including Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.
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  • August 19, 2017
    If you have 2-3hours in Lisbon and want to take in a museum/gallery that offers a bit of everything from some of the great European artists (Rodin, Monet) to great works from Asia (Ming dynasty), tile...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    During our vacation in Portugal visited a very interesting Museum. About him almost nothing in guidebooks, it does not offer tour guides. But in vain. The Museum is very decent. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation except that he was a businessman, was also a collector. His collection he conveyed Portugal. Despite the fact that this collection is eclectic enough, there are so many remarkable works. Most liked the painting. Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, Monet, Manet. A Hall with the works of Francesco Guardi on Venice. Very good work of Turner. All we recommend you to visit the Museum during your stay in Lisbon.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Beautiful Museum surrounded by a pretty garden which presents permanent collections and rotating exhibitions. It also gives concerts.
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  • We walked to the museum because it was beautiful out and it was about a 12 min walk from our hotel. I loved Lisbon, but the streets are not clearly marked. The names of the streets are on the side of the buildings on small frames. As we walked using Google Maps of course, we did find our way. The museum and gardens are encircled in a large wall, as you approach you will know its the correct location you are looking for but its difficult to find the correct entrance. Just keep walking around until you see the driveway, cars and the main building. You can also walk through the gardens and you will end up there. Its a very serene and beautiful walk. There are 2 museums on the property. The Main collection which includes pieces from Lalique and there is a small modern art museum. They are both included in the day cost of $10 euros.
  • The founders collection is an amazing selection of some of the most beautiful exhibits. There are items from ancient Egypt, the middle and far East, paintings, furniture, and some exquisite art deco Lalique. It's a really manageable size, plus it's set in a beautiful garden park, with a modern Portuguese art collection too.
  • They have two freaking Rembrandt's, 3 Monet's and 3 Degas'. Add to it a stunning well conserved ancient Egyptian, Roman and Macedonia coins and pottery and you have an unmissable stop in Lisbon. The security guards are super knowledgeable and great to talk to about the artwork and other displays.
  • Cheats. Knew I didn't speak Portuguese, so they sold me the temporary exhibit ticket only. Then when I wanted to also see the main exhibit, they wouldn't give me the combined price. Made me pay extra. I guess they like to cheat tourists. Maybe this place is for locals only.
  • Wonderful. The collection is small but truly excellent and the atmosphere inside is very inspiring. The museum is surrounded by a garden with small ponds and streams. A magnificent place to nourish your soul.

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