Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian was a key figure in the oil industry, art collector, and philanthropist of Armenian descent, who was born on March 23rd, 1869.
As you can imagine he became fabulously wealthy. With his wealth and love of art, he created one of the greatest private collections in the world and in the end bequeathed it to the city of Lisbon where is settled during World War II.
The other building houses the modern collection which contains more than ten thousand works and is considered to be the most complete collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese art. It is also home to the Gulbenkian Orchestra which I was honored to see their performance last month (January 2023) of Return of the Jedi during the 40th anniversary of the movie.
This slideshow shows a few of my favorites.
Located at Avenida Berna 45, Lisbon
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)
Tickets are10€ for both buildings (please check their website for current pricing). You get a 20% discount with the Lisboa Card. Free on Sundays after 2 p.m.
Find out more at their official website.