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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – tickets, prices, discounts, what to expect


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum is where history, geography, culture, and arts converge to tell people how diverse or unique civilizations were.

Ruy Jervis d’Athouguia, Pedro Cid, and Alberto Pessoa architected Museu Calouste Gulbenkian to create a perfect space for its collection.

This article explains everything you must know before booking Calouste Gulbenkian Museum tickets.

What to expect at the museum

Exhibits at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
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At Calouste Gulbenkian Museum you will dig into the unique and astounding private collection of artifacts.

Travel through 5000 years of history and taste the Art of Egyptians, Greco-Romans, Mesopotamians, Eastern Islamics, Armenians, Chinese, and many more. 

Come closer and look at the portraits and paintings representing pain, happiness, glory, jealousy, love, etc. 

Some of the famous paintings decorating the walls of the Museum are:

  • Portrait of Helena Fourment, Camille Monet, Thomas Germain, and His Wife
  • The Presentation in the Temple / The Stigmatisation of Saint Francis
  • The Break-Up of the Ice
  • Peacock and Hunting Trophies
  • The Giudecca Canal with the Church of Saint Martha
  • Lady and Child Asleep in a Punt under the Willows
  • Still Life or ‘La Table Garnie’
  • ‘Sacra Conversazione’ or Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Witness the beauty of sculptures carved by artists who induced life into the figures shaped by them.

Some of the sculptures dotted around the Museum are:

  • ‘Baigneuse’
  • Bacchus
  • ‘L’Amour à la Folie’
  • Sacred and Profane Love
  • Portrait bust of Louis XIV
  • Nymph and Satyr
  • Sculpture
  • Panther seizing a stag
  • Faith
  • Winged siren seizing an adolescent

Explore the decorative arts collection from Brussels, Paris, Venice, China, etc.

Some of the intriguing decorative arts found at the Museum are:

  • Tapestry’ Vertumnus and Pomona’
  • Medal cabinet (one of a pair)
  • Ewer with lid
  • Dish cover
  • Rolltop desk
  • Tureen with tray and spoon
  • Three fish-shaped vases

Discover the book and literary collection of Calouste Gulbenkian and turn back to pages of history and culture. 

The Art of the Book collection includes:

  • ‘Fêtes galantes’
  • Don Quichotte de la Manche’
  • ‘Bouvard et Pécuchet’
  • Book of Hours of Alfonso I d’Este
  • Apocalypse
  • Hours of Margaret of Cleves

Look at the jewelry designed by René Lalique, the famous jeweler and glassmaker.

The Museum is adorned with jewelry made from gold, enamel, horn, sapphire, ivory, etc., some of which are :

  • ‘Female figure’ choker plaque
  • ‘Cats’ choker
  • ‘Cockerel’ diadem
  • ‘Landscape’ comb
  • ‘Female face’ pendant
  • ‘Dragonfly-woman’ corsage ornament
  • ‘Serpents’ sugar bowl

Touchscreen info stations fill you in on the history and context while giving the art room to breathe, so feel free to explore at your own pace.

After exploring sculptures, jewelry, paintings, etc., settle down in the Garden, where you can contemplate your experience at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Calouse Gulbenkian Museum can be purchased online or in person at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum ticket booking page, select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email.

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can enter the attraction by showing the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Calouste Gulbenkian ticket prices

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum ticket costs €10 for all adults aged 30 years and above. 

Visitors aged 12 to 29 get a discount of €4 and pay only €6 for entry, while seniors aged 65 and above must pay a discounted price of €9 for entry.

Children up to the age of 11 can enter the museum for free.

Entry to the museum is free every Sunday after 2 pm.

Free admission for carers for people with disabilities or limited mobility.

Tickets for Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Guided tour of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
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This ticket allows you to explore one of the world’s greatest private art collections, collected by Calouste Gulbenkian and with pieces ranging from Greco-Roman to Islamic Orient and the Far East.

With this ticket, you can visit a big collection of modern Portuguese art, with over 10,000 works showcasing the best and brightest talent in the country.

You can also visit the beautiful gardens, with dozens of winding pathways and water features – the perfect spot to relax and reflect on all the masterpieces you’ve just seen.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (30+ years): €10
Youth Ticket (12 to 29 years): €6
Senior Ticket (65+ years): €9
Child Ticket (up to 11 years): Free entry

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum + Lisbon Zoo

The Lisbon Zoo is only 3.5 km (2 miles) from Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, which is why some tourists visit them on the same day. 

The walking distance is only 1.5 km (one mile) and takes around 20 minutes. By car, it is an 8-minute drive. 

If you want to visit Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Lisbon Zoo, what can be better than buying a single ticket and enjoying the tour?

The combo ticket saves you time as you don’t have to spend time purchasing two tickets separately. 

You also get a discounted price and save € 4 per person.

Ticket Price: €37

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How to reach the museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is located close to Praça de Espanha, inside a 7.5 hectare garden. 

The main entrance is at Avenida de Berna, 45A.

Address: Av. de Berna, 45A, 1067-001 Lisbon. Get Directions

By Metro

The nearest metro stations to the Museum are São Sebastião (Blue and Red lines) and Praça de Espanha (Blue line).

From São Sebastião, the Museum is 5 minutes walk away, while from Praça de Espanha, it is 4 minutes. 

By Bus

The bus routes to the museum are 716, 726, 756 (Av. de Berna), 746 (Av. António Augusto de Aguiar) and 713, 742 (Rua Marquês da Fronteira)

The museum is 4 minutes walking distance from Av. de Berna, 14 minutes from Av. António Augusto de Aguiar and 15 minutes from Rua Marquês da Fronteira. 

By Train

Entrecampos station is located at a roughly 15-minute walk from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and has a connection with the metro network.

City Tours

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is part of Lisbon’s major city tours. Lisbon Sightseeing (Grey Line) – Orient Line and Belém Line. City Sightseeing (Hop-on Hop-off) – Blue Line and Red Line.

Car Parking

If traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started. 

The Museum has ample parking spaces, including Parque Berna (underground) and Praça de Espanha

Both the parking lots are within 4 minutes walking distance from the Museum. 

Opening hours

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Tuesdays.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian remains closed on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 24, and 25 December.

The last entry is 30 minutes before the closing time. 

Best time to visit the museum

The best time to visit Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is as soon as they open at 10 am. 

During the morning hours, the crowd is less, so you get sufficient time to spend at the Museum exploring jewelry, sculptures, books, paintings, etc. 

On Sunday, entry into Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is free after 2 pm – it is a great time for backpackers and those on a budget holiday to visit the collection. 

However, on Sundays, it can be really crowded, affecting your tour of the Lisbon museum. 

How long does the museum take

A complete tour of Calouste Gulbenkian Musem takes around two hours. 

The tour duration can extend depending on your love and interest in art and culture. 

If you get tired, you can always step into the cafeteria, take a break, and return to exploring. 

Note: The Modern Collection building is temporarily closed for remodeling works.

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About Calouste Gulbenkian’s Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian was a philanthropist with an unimaginable interest in collecting artifacts like vases, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other decorative items. 

Right since childhood, he began gathering rare items and his travel from one country to another developed more taste in collectibles. 

Armenian in origin, born in Turkey and established in London, Calouste Gulbenkian spent roughly ten years in Lisbon, where he took his last breath. 

He struggled to keep his growing collection safe and wished to set up an institute or gallery where all his collections, which he often referred to as his children, could find shelter. 

While the government of Great Britain turned down this proposal, the negotiations between French Government and the National Gallery in Washington took so long that they continued after his demise. 

Later all the collections of Calouste Gulbenkian were moved to Portugal, and his dream finally turned into reality fourteen years after his death. 

The cornerstone of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum was laid in Lisbon to commemorate his passion for art and culture. 

FAQs about Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Here are some frequently asked questions about Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Can I buy tickets online?

Yes, Calouste Gulbenkian tickets can be purchased online. It’s recommended to book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

What does the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum house?

The museum features diverse paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and artifacts from different cultures and time periods. The collection spans from ancient to modern art.

What are the Calouste Gulbenkian museum’s main highlights?

The museum’s collection includes works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Lalique, and René Lalique. It also houses ancient artifacts, Islamic art, and a notable collection of Armenian manuscripts.

Is photography allowed inside the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum?

Photography for personal use is allowed in most museum areas, but using flash, tripods, or selfie sticks is prohibited.

Does the museum provide an audio guide?

Yes, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum provides an audio guide for visitors. The audio guide is available in English, French, and Portuguese languages.


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