See the museums of Lisbon on this insightful private museum tour. You will start with the Gulbenkian museum, one of the biggest private collections of ancient art in the world and one of Europe’s hidden treasures. It houses a magnificent collection of Egyption, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art. We have priceless treasures of Egyptian art, a stunning collection of Hellenic coins, rare pieces of Chinese porcelain, rich 16th and 17th century Persian tapestries, Japanese prints, pieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Ghirlandaio, Monet, Van Dyck, Renoir, Rodin, William Turner, Thomas Germain. You will also see French furniture and Rene Lalique jewelry among others.
The Arte Antiga museum is next. This temple of the arts contains Portugal’s most important collection as well as being among the most important in Europe. The museum collection includes painting, sculpture, metalwork, furniture, drawings, and other decorative art forms from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. The collections, especially those for the fifteenths and sixteenth centuries, as particularly important regarding the history of Portuguese painting, sculpture and metalwork. The collection of European masters is outstanding.
The Museu dos Coches is Lisbon’s most visited museum and houses the best collection in the world of historic royal and other horse-drawn vehicles. Most date from the 17th and 19th centuries. Drawing the most interest is a trio of opulently gilded baroque carriages used by the Portuguese ambassador in 1716; Phillip II coach and the most ancient in the world; several wonderful examples belonging to European royal families – Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria and England.
The Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha) of Lisbon is dedicated to all aspects of the History of navigation in Portugal. The interesting Museum is one of the most important in Europe and one of the most visited Portuguese museums, evoking Portugal’s domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in teh west wing of Jeronimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward.
The exhibits include historical paintings, archaeological items and many scale models of ships used in Portugal since the 15th century. Other highlights are two 18th century ceremonial barges, a 19th century royal cabin from the yacht of Queen Amelia, the seaplane ‘Santa Cruz’ that made the first crossing of the south Atlantic in 1922, the world’s largest collection of astrolabes and replicas of 16th century maps showing the world as it was known then.