Visited on the 10th of December 2016
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Address: Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Telephone:+351 21 782 3000
Opening Hours: Wenesday through to Monday. 10am – 6pm Closed Tuesdays!
Admission: 10 Euros (Adult)
Northeast of Eduardo VII Park is the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world’s great museums and one of Europe’s unsung treasures. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, it houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art. It was substantially renovated and modernized in 2001.
This is one of the world’s finest private art collections, amassed over a period of 40 years by oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who was one of the 20th century’s wealthiest men. In his later years he adopted Portugal as his home, and donated all of his stupendous art treasures to the country when he died in 1955 at the age of 86.
The Museum has a downstairs cloakroom, toilets, café and shop.
Of the many highlights is a haunting gold Egyptian mummy mask, an exquisite 2700-year-old alabaster bowl, a series of bronze cats and other priceless treasures in the Egyptian section.