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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

  • Museums
  • São Sebastião
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
© Lydia Evans / Time Out

Time Out Says

It's difficult to know where to start in this, one of Europe's leading fine arts museums, with exhibits dating from 2000 BC to the early 20th century. From the ancient world come Egyptian scarabs, Greco-Roman jewellery and a giant ninth century BC Assyrian bas-relief in alabaster of a warrior.

Perhaps the two outstanding rooms are those containing Islamic and Oriental art: carpets, robes, tapestries, tiles and glassware, mainly from 16th- and 17th-century Persia, Turkey, Syria and India; and porcelain, jade, paintings and lacquered boxes from China and Japan. The section on European art displays medieval manuscripts, and ivory and wood diptychs. Further on are Italian Renaissance majolica ware and tapestries, and a selection of 18th-century French furniture and silverware. Among the painters represented are Domenico Ghirlandaio, Rubens, Hals and Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Manet and Corot. Save time for the final room and its breathtaking glass and metal art nouveau jewellery by René Lalique.

Audio-guides are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese to help you get the most from the experience. There are also excellent temporary exhibitions, with pieces lent by institutions around the world. Downstairs is an art library (which often hosts midday classical recitals on Sundays), an excellent café and a small gift shop. There's a larger bookshop in the lobby of the main building. Don't miss the Centro de Arte Moderna at the southern end of the park.


Av de Berna, 45
Metro Praça de Espanha/São Sebastião
€5 (€15 with Centro de Arte Moderna and all exhibitions); €2.50 reductions; free under-13s & all Sun
Opening hours:
Museum 10am-6pm Tue-Sun (last entry 5.30pm)

What's On

Visões de Dante. O Inferno segundo Botticelli

As part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1265- 1321), the Renaissance Gallery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum hosts “Visões de Dante. O Inferno segundo Botticelli”, which will show, among other things, two exceptional drawings on parchment by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) alluding to the “Inferno” of The Divine Comedy and also two manuscripts by Jacopo della Lana and Boccaccio, donated by the Vatican Apostolic Library.


The main gallery at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum’s main building will host “Hergé”, an exhibition that brings together an important selection of documents, original drawings and various works created by the famous author of Tintin. Presented for the first time at the Grand Palais, in Paris, in collaboration with the Hergé de Louvain-la-Neuve Museum, the exhibition reveals the multiple sides of this renowned artist, from illustration to comics, including advertising, press, fashion design and fine arts.

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