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.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Av. Berna 45A
+351 (0)21 782 3000