Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a unique collection

private art collection
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a unique collection

In a residential area in the north of the city, this museum houses the vast collection of a 1930s oil tycoon.

Inaugurated in 1969, the museum was designed by three architects, Ruy Jervis d'Athouguia, Pedro Cid, and Alberto Pessoa, in homage to Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian businessman who wanted a place to show off his private art collection. Bequeathed to the Portuguese State after his death in 1955, the rooms are now part of a foundation bearing his name. Located in a green space, the Art Nouveau building is built entirely of poured concrete. Calouste Gulbenkian was able over the years to put together a very eclectic collection ranging from ancient Egyptian artefacts to modern pieces by Lalique; Flemish and Italian painting; 18th century objects of the French decorative arts, such as vases and ceramics; and naturalistic paintings. After having snacked in the museum café, you can also relax in the fabulous gardens.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Avenida de Berna 45A
1067-001 Lisboa

+351 21 782 3000