Calouste Gulbenkian Museum


in short

The permanent exhibition galleries are distributed in chronological and geographical order to create two independent circuits within the overall tour.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

in detail

The Calouste Gulbenkian Collection comprises some 6000 pieces. The Museum houses on the permanent exhibition galleries 1000 of its most representative works. A short selection choice of the most outstanding pieces in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum belonging to different sections are presented here.

The first circuit highlights Oriental and Classical Art on display in the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian and Far Eastern Art.
The second covers European Art with sections dedicated to the Art of the Book, Sculpture, Painting and the Decorative Arts particularly 18th century French art and the work of René Lalique.

In this circuit a wide-ranging number of pieces reflect various European artistic trends from the beginning of the 11th century to the mid-20th century.
The section begins with work in ivory and illuminated manuscript books, followed by a selection of 15th, 16th and 17th century sculptures and paintings.

Renaissance art produced in Flanders, France and Italy is on display in the next room. French 18th century decorative arts have a special place in the museum with outstanding gold and silver objects and furniture, as well as paintings and sculptures. These decorative arts are followed by galleries exhibiting a group of paintings by the Venetian Francesco Guardi, 18th and 19th century English paintings, and finally a superb collection of jewels and glass by René Lalique, displayed in its own room.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is located in the centre of Lisbon, next to Praça de Espanha, in a park covering a total area of around 7,5 hectares. A landmark in the Portuguese Architecture of the 60's, the Gulbenkian centre was designed by three Portuguese Architects, Alberto Pessoa, Pedro Cid and Rui Athouguia.

The apparently simple, modern building is skillfully combined with the surrounding park with its lake and open-air auditorium to form a harmonious whole. The project for the buildings that house the head office and the museum cover approximately 25,000 m2 and were designed by Ruy Athouguia, Pedro Cid and Alberto Pessoa. Opened in 1969, these buildings aim to create a pleasant, serene atmosphere, allowing several different views of the surrounding woods and gardens to be seen from the interior.

Museum (collection + temporary exhibition at the museum gallery) 4 EUR / Temporary exhibitions outside the museum tour 3-5 EUR / PASS (access to all exhibition spaces inside the Foundation) 8 EUR
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Visitor entrance

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Av. de Berna, 45A
1067-001 Lisbon
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Opening Times

10:00 - 17:45
10:00 - 17:45
10:00 - 17:45
10:00 - 17:45
10:00 - 17:45
10:00 - 17:45
Encerra: 1 de Janeiro, Domingo de Páscoa, 1 de Maio, 25 de Dezembro

Closed: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, December 25 - The exhibition portal for Europe