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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
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+351 21 882 3470
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Lunch with Fado

Pleasant restaurant for a light lunch.Helpful,welcoming staff. Fado music played as we ate.Raining at the time,so we ate inside.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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St. Neot, United Kingdom
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St. Neot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Pleasant restaurant for a light lunch.Helpful,welcoming staff. Fado music played as we ate.Raining at the time,so we ate inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can only go to one museum in Lisbon, this is the one. Located on the edge of the Alfama District in Lisbon, the birthplace of Fado, the museum provides a comprehensive experience for both an introduction to Fado and a more expert and in depth exploration. When you enter the museum, you are directed to the gift shop,... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to get a table in the terrace and order their delicious amuse bouche. Staff are nice and efficient.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place could be so much better. I came to Lisbon specifically to experience fado, went to 4 fado clubs and also visited the museum of fado's most famous singer, Amalia Rodriguez, and I found this museum really disappointing. Lots of photos and this strange movie where everyone who is interested keeps talking about how fado makes them feel so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked the beautiful back streets to arrive on a perfect wintry, rainy day. The curators have taken a broad and traditional art form into the 21st century with interactive interpretive sound recordings. Large montage murals with numbered portraits allow you to punch in the code and hear the musician. The Fado experience comes alive as you walk the exhibits... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is considered a must-see by review sites. Unfortunately, we had no idea what Fado actually is until we set foot in the museum. It is a music genre that was sang in pubs in Lisbon. So the tour was educational, nonetheless. Museum not very large. It consists of mostly listening to different artists via the audio guide. The guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

It is not possible to visit Portugal and not to visit this place,especially if you are a fan of Fado.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

A small but very interesting venue. A bit complicated to find but well worth the trip! Learned a lot about Fado in a minimal amount of time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 24 November 2016 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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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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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