The Museum reopens to the public

The Founder's Collection and the temporary exhibition 'The Golden Age of French Furniture' reopened to the public on 18 May. The Modern Collection will remain closed due to planned remodelling works for the building and the south side of the Gulbenkian Garden.
13 may 2020

In order to comply with social distancing rules defined by the health authorities, the Gulbenkian Museum has set a limit on the number of visitors to the Founder’s Collection and the temporary exhibition The Golden Age of French Furniture. The maximum capacity in the galleries of the Museum’s permanent exhibition is 160 people, but in smaller rooms, such as the Egyptian Art Room or the René Lalique Room, only four visitors will be allowed at any one time. In the case of the temporary exhibition The Golden Age of French Furniture, which was extended until 28 September, the number of visitors may not exceed 25.

At this stage, visits by organised groups are not yet authorised and access to the building must be made exclusively through the main door of the Museum – Founder’s Collection.  Following the guidelines for enclosed public spaces, the use of masks is mandatory. The Museum café will not reopen its doors until early June.

Following the closure of the Museum on 13 March, some planned exhibitions have been rescheduled. The exhibition Infinite Sculptures, which should have opened last month in the Main Gallery of the Headquarters Building, will now open on 18 September and remain open until 25 January 2021. The exhibition René Lalique in the Conversation Space will open on 30 October and remain open until 2 February 2021. As an exception in light of the pandemic, temporary exhibitions will be free until the end of this year.

In response to these restrictions and the closure of the Modern Collection, the Museum will also continue to offer new interactive ways to discover and explore its collections. You can see the various contents offered by the Museum on the page The Museum at Home, allowing you to learn more about our collections from your own home. There are also virtual tours, videos, stories and new works available on the Google Art & Culture platform, among others. Be sure to follow us on social media and discover interesting facts about your favourite works from our curators.


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