On its own lush grounds, the museum of the celebrated Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cultural trust, 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. Both holdings are small, but 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.
Centro de Arte Moderna. In the gardens behind the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, sculptures hide in every recess. You may want to spend a little time here before following signs to the Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Center)—the Gulbenkian Foundation's 20th-century art collection, which has at its disposal the finest collection of contemporary and modern Portuguese art, as well as many
British works from the same period. There are varied and interesting temporary exhibitions as well as changing displays from this permanent collection. Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt, 1050-078. 21/7823474/83. www.cam.gulbenkian.pt. Metro: São Sebastião.
Avenida de Berna 45, Lisbon, 1067-001, Portugal