The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a museum of modern art and a private collection of one man's art treasure which is located northeast of the Eduardo VII Meditation Park. Calouste Gulbenkian is a museum known as the main encyclopedic art museum in the capital of Portugal. Although often referred to as the Gulbenkian Museum, the full name of the museum is Calouste Gulbenkian.
It houses one of the most important collections of works of art in the world. Here you can see collections of Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Islamic, Asian and European art. The collection is very large, rich and significant. This private collection belongs to the British-Armenian businessman Calouste Gulbenkian who played a major role in the early oil industry.
For 40 years, he collected works of art and created one of the most fascinating art collections. He bought works of art around the world. His foundation is one of the richest foundations in the world, and Gulbenkian himself, as an oil magnate, was one of the richest people of the 20th century. He spent the last years of his life in Portugal. He donated his artistic jewels to this country, and he died in 1955.
What stands out from the collection is a 2700-year-old bowl, a series of bronze cats, an Egyptian mummy mask, a collection of Hellenic money, a 2400-year-old vase, Chinese porcelain, Persian tapestries and many other works of art that you will see only in this museum. Some of the works in the museum are the works of great artists, Rembrandt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, etc.
This is where part of Lisbon's cultural life takes place. The museum consists of collections, and it is a center of modern art with an emphasis on Portuguese art of the twentieth century, an art library, a courtyard, an open-air auditorium, and overall we can say that this is one of the most important cultural places in Lisbon. In addition, there is Gulbenkian Musica, choir and orchestra within the museum, and tickets for their performance sell out very quickly. They provide a unique program for all visitors to this music event. Whether you love art or not, this museum will not leave you indifferent. A walk through the exhibition space will make at least some art work touch you.
The museum was renovated in 2001, and during the renovation, many masterpieces were exhibited at the New York Metropolitan Museum.
The museum where the collection of modern art is located is in the process of renovation, the opening is expected in 2022.
Ticket price for the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Regular ticket price 10 €
Reduced ticket price 5 € - for students, pensioners.
Free entrance on Sunday after 14:00
Free entrance for children up to 12 years.
Working hours of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The museum is closed on Tuesday
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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