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"Museu Calouste Gulbenkian" Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Tip by alucas

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon: 42 reviews and 93 photos

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  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - Lisbon
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - Lisbon
  • Entrance to the Museum - Lisbon
      Entrance to the Museum
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  • Some of the art on display - Lisbon
      Some of the art on display
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  • Lalique pendant - Lisbon
      Lalique pendant
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Gulbenkian was a Armenian businessman, who made his fortune in the petroleum industry in the Middle East. He amassed a massive art collection, and on his death, left a large part of his fortune and his collection to create the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The headquarters of the foundation are in Lisbon, and alongside is the museum.

Opened in 1969, the museum houses a large part of his collection. There are items ranging in period from Egyptian and Greco-Roman right up to 20th century impressionist paintings. Items not to be missed include paintings by Monet, Turner, Gainsborough and Gaudi, and a superb collection of jewelry by Lalique.

The museum is a short walk from S. Sebastião or Praça de Espanha Metro stations. Entry is 4 euros (October 2007), but on Sundays it is FREE ! The opening times are 10 am to 5.45 pm Tuesday to Sunday, but remember, like many other places it is closed on Mondays. You are allowed to take photographs, but you will have to leave your bags at the cloakroom near the entrance. There is a shop and a café on the lower ground floor.

Around once a month a music recital is held on the lower ground floor. When we were there, there was a piano recital with works from Schubert and Mozart amongst others – it was really top-class, and there was quite a large audience. It did mean that the shop and café were closed until after it ended, so we didn’t manage to get any postcards.

Address: Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa
Directions: In Jardim da Fundação Calouste. Off Largo Azeredo Perdigão.
Phone: 21 7823000

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  • Written Dec 30, 2007
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