The building that houses the Founder’s Collection was designed by the architects Ruy Jervis d’Athouguia, Pedro Cid and Alberto Pessoa (1969) to accommodate around six thousand pieces amassed by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian. It is located in the north of the Gulbenkian garden.
The galleries of this building are home to displays of around a thousand pieces divided into groups corresponding to Egyptian art, Greco-Roman art, Mesopotamia, the Islamic Orient, Armenia, the Far East and, where Western art is concerned, sculpture, the art of the book, painting, eighteenth-century French decorative arts, and works by René Lalique. The collection of works by René Lalique, which Calouste Gulbenkian purchased directly from the artist, is considered to be unique in the world for its quality and quantity.
About the Collection
Get to know the history of the collection gathered by Calouste Gulbenkian between the late 19th century and 1953: from its very origins to the creation of a museum.
Find out about Calouste Gulbenkian as a collector, his relationship with art and the fate of his collection.
Explore the Founder’s Collection using the free audio guide available in the Gulbenkian Museum App.