(1869-1955) was a very successful business man who amassed an immense
fortune and became one of the most distinguished art collectors of the
The collection reflects his eventful life. Born in
Turkey, his origins are patent in the high number of works of Islamic
art. Later he studied in France and in London and his education
translated into an interest in the great European masters. In 1942 he
settled in Lisbon where he chose to live out his days.
1969, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation harbours the art collection
that he bequeathed to the city that became his home.
collection includes Oriental, Classical and European Art in Painting,
Sculpture, Books and the Decorative Arts, which focuses greatly on the
work of René Lalique. The Foundation stages a very significant number of
temporary exhibitions and concerts.
Avenida de Berna, 45 A, Lisboa
Tel. +351 21 782 30 00
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10h until 17h45.
Museum of the Berardo Collection
show at the Belém Cultural Centre since 2007, the Berardo Collection is
one of the most important beacons of Modern and Contemporary Art, on a
level with the Tate Modern in London or the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In
the exhibition area, with over 9,000 sq.metres, one can admire a
magnificent collection representing more than 70 artistic trends of the
20th and 21st centuries, including a magnificent surrealist collection
with paintings by artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte,
Andy Warhol, and of distinguished Portuguese artist such as Mário
Cesariny, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Paula Rego. The program
favours a rotation of the several art movements that are represented by a
total of 862 artworks, and so attract different types of publics to the
universe of art.
Centro Cultural de Belém / Praça do Império, Lisboa
Tel. +351 21 361 24 00
Open everyday, from 10h until 19h / Except Friday: 10h to 22h.
by and headquarters of the EDP Foundation, the Electricity Museum – in
its present museological concept – opened doors to the public in May
2006. It is now, besides being the repository of a significant legacy
from the past, which it occasionally displays (Central Tejo celebrated
in 2009 its first Centenary), a meeting point with the present, where
the the future of energy is debated.
In May 2008 a new identity was
created for the Museum – which has, since then – its own brand image.
With this new image materialized also new contents, a new positioning
and new dynamics.
It is the national museum with the second highest
record of guided visits and in 2008 it achieved the third position in
the ranking of most visited museums (110 thousand visitors) in the
country (comparing among State musems). Under the same criteria, it had
been seventh in 2007.
With a regular and continuous cultural
programme, the launching of the new Museum identity and a more vigorous
effort in the area of communication, it has created a much stronger
public perception of a course of action that is consequential and
The sinergies created by these factors have had
significant impact on the reputation of the Museum, the Foundation and
even of EDP Group, consolidating its position as a cultural e and
museologic point of reference for the city and the country. Proof of
that is the continued increase in the number of visitors, of events
organized, and the volume of proposals submitted and the solicitations
addressed to the museum.
Av. de Brasília - Central Tejo - 1300-598 Lisboa
Tel. +351 210 028 190
Fax: +351 210 028 104
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10h until 18h.
in a building dating from the 40s, which was carefully adapted, in a
privileged location by the river Tagus, close to Belém, one of the most
important tourist areas of Lisbon, the Orient Museum bears witness, by
means of its permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Portuguese
presence in the Orient, as well as of the richness of traditional Asian
art, making this museum an excepcional reference within the Portuguese
cultural heritage. Apart from the specific activities of a museum, there
are also other activities related to the areas of research, training
and shows which confer on the Orient Museum the standing of a
multidisciplinary cultural centre.
Avenida de Brasília, Doca de Alcântara Norte - 1350-362 LISBOA
Telefone: +351 213 585 200
Fax: +351 213 527 042
National Tile Museum
National Tile Musuem is one of the most importat national museum, by
reason of its particular subject, the decorative tile (Azulejo) which is
a very characteristic feature of Portguese culture and because it is
housed in the superb Convent of Madre de Deus, founded in 1509 by Queen
Leonor, where it shows significant collections of tiles from the last 5
Rua da Madre de Deus nº 4 1900-312 LISBOA
Tel. +351 218 100 340
Fax: +351 218 100 369