Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Located in Lisbon, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum showcases art and culture that have fascinated people for ages. Its varied collection and interesting design invite visitors to explore history and creativity. Let’s uncover the museum’s history and architecture, as well as what you can expect when visiting.

History

Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, an Armenian philanthropist and collector, envisioned a space where his extensive collection could educate and inspire generations. In 1956, following his passing, his dream came to life as the museum opened its doors to the public. Gulbenkian’s vast array of artifacts, from ancient to modern, reflects his eclectic taste and dedication to preserving humanity’s creative legacy. The museum’s inception not only honored his legacy but established a cultural sanctuary that continues to enrich Portugal’s artistic landscape.

Architecture

The museum complex consists of modern and contemporary structures, designed by the acclaimed architects Alberto Pessoa and Pedro Cid. Their vision brought forth a space that complements the diverse collection it houses, featuring clean lines, thoughtful spatial arrangements, and an abundance of natural light. The understated elegance of the architecture serves as a canvas, allowing the art within to take center stage while creating an inviting ambiance for visitors.

Visiting Times & Tickets

Open from 10 am to 6 pm and closed on Tuesday. Tickets vary by exhibition but are around 15 euros.

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