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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

  • Av. de Berna 45 Map It
  • Praça de Espanha
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/15/2017

Fodor's Review

Set in lovely gardens filled with leafy walkways, blooming flowers, and waddling ducks, the museum of the celebrated Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation houses treasures collected by Armenian oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian. The collection is split in two: one part is devoted to Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Asian art, and the other to European acquisitions. The quality of the pieces is magnificent, and you should aim to spend at least two hours here. English-language notes are available throughout. Varied and interesting temporary exhibitions are also often staged in the Foundation's main building, and the summer months see live classical music performances on the grounds. A walk through the gardens leads to the foundation's Modern Collection: 9,000 pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, including sculptures, paintings, and photography. Portuguese artists make up the bulk of the collection, along with some big-name international artists including British artist David Hockney and renowned sculptor Antony Gormley.

Sight Information

Address:

Av. de Berna 45, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1067-001, Portugal

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Phone:

21-782–3000

Website: gulbenkian.pt/en

Sight Details:

  • Museum (Founder’s Collection plus Modern Collection), €10; temporary exhibitions vary (free Sun. from 2)
  • Closed Mon.

Published 03/15/2017

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