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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 2 other guides
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Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 882 3470
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its...

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade between people and communities.

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Great Museum for travelers interested in Portuguese culture!

The Fado Museum is a fantastic surprise. After seeing one of the shows at a local restaurant you will certainly like to visit this museum. Names, recordings, history - that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is a bit off the beaten track, but worth the detour. I can't pretend it's converted me to Fado, but the instruments on view and the audio booth where you can listen to various tracks are quite interesting. Audio guides are also available, and the price is quite reasonable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you visit Portugal, one of the main things is to listen and to learn the history fado... This is a small and a great museum which can help you for this. The normal tickets cost 5€ and student ticket is 3€. (They are not even asking anything about your student card) When you enter the museum you are leaving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic place to visit if you are music lover, great history shown and great atmosphere, must visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Fado Museum is a fantastic surprise. After seeing one of the shows at a local restaurant you will certainly like to visit this museum. Names, recordings, history - that helps you understand Portugal, and a great location. This museum is worth 2 - 3 hours of your time. One cannot visit Portugal without visiting the Port museum and the... More 

1 Thank Rodney R
Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We loved this small museum, that gives you the history and feel of Fado music. It's a full experience and we enjoyed listening to the audio explanations and the music of the different Fado artists. For music lovers, it's a must. They have a small store with a wide selection of Fado music and we bought few great discs.

Thank Liora K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I really enjoyed this Museum. The displays are excellent and it offered a great introduction to Fado, which I didn't know anything about. The film was particularly engrossing with various singers speaking about their love of this music. We also had tea and delicious cake in the café. Don't miss the chocolate cake!!

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Central Portugal, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Well , passed here by after i visited the Army Museum . The Single Addult Ticket was 5 Euros to get access to modern , small Museum dedicated to the portuguese Fado , this unique songs/music . Its a small and modern Museum offering you any conditions you expect from a modern museum , but unfortunatly , its another attempt... More 

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Jessheim, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a must for all Fado lovers - not a big place but you can feel the Fado within the walls. A lot of interesting facts and documentations. And a huge music (fado) library where you can sit down and listen to the fantastic artist and their music. This is a place for peace and relaxation for surely and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

You should know that museums are free to the pubic on Sundays. There was some mention about before 2 pm and after 2 pm but we found that no one tried to charge admission. My knowledge of fado was 0. We just happened to be walking past the museum and said "what the heck?" It was a very good museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent museum with audio guide included in the price and loads of info therein within a smallish imaginatively designed museum with a modern feel. The music plays center stage, just like it should.

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Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
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