This is one of those cultural venues in Lisbon that has to be seen. A marker in the city’s public and cultural life, the Gulbenkian is a surprising and compelling place.
The Gulbenkian is Lisbon’s top cultural venue. Created by the will and testament of the notable humanist Calouste Gulbenkian, its mission is to promote universal human values, with the arts, science and education given special prominence. The museum, art library, Centre of Modern Art with the largest collection of 20th-century Portuguese art, and the temporary exhibitions attract thousands of visitors every day. The Gulbenkian Música, with its choir, orchestra and invited artists, organises unique musical programmes whose tickets sell out quickly. Besides this, the gardens, research centre and publications attract many other people, creating an impressive area of human knowledge and experimentation. Set aside a few hours in your day to absorb the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary place.