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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
+351 21 882 3470
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
+351 21 882 3470
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we stumbled upon this museum and were lucky enough to be there on a holiday when it was free. it's a good thing to do though to be honest when we asked each other what we may have learned, we weren't really sure - what...More

Thank Littlealba
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a rainy day in Lisbon and I was looking for more indoor programs. So I decided to go to the Fado museum. I was in for about 2 hours. You can do it much faster, but if you take the time to listen...More

Thank Jos L
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Although a small museum, it offers sufficient information and music to while away a relaxing afternoon. Spend additional time shopping for fado at the store; the selections are fabulous and the staff informative. Get an anthology of fado music for a souvenir.

Thank pandarooster
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Fado is such a significant part of Portugal's culture that experiencing both live performances in the Alfama neighborhood and visiting the museum of fado are both musts! The museum is quick and easy to explore, with exhibits highlighted with a free audio guide, a large...More

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Interesting but not exciting. However: they have a "file" room at the end where you can listen all fado composers incl. biography. It made me discover such lovely instrumental players!!!

Thank Hans M
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We love fado, so we were so there! A good historic overview of the development of this folk music with some great artifacts and excellent audio of the artists, both old and new. Some good film and video. My only complaint is that the history...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Alfama is perhaps Lisbon's most charming neighborhood. The kasbah-like layout reflects its Moorish roots. Compact houses tumble down steep streets and staircases. It's a great place to get lost and explore. The imposing Castelo de Sao Jorge looms above Alfama. At the bottom of the...More

2  Thank MayLehmannNYC
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I hadn't wanted to go to this museum, but as my husband had seen one of the most famous fado singers many years ago and was keen, we went along. I thought it would be difficult to create a museum of a type of singing,...More

1  Thank Lawnturtle
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Very cool! Great way to get an understanding of Fado and how it relates to the larger Portuguese identity.

Thank PatrickHildreth
Reviewed 10 September 2017

I had always assumed that Fado shared ancestry with Flamenco and/or had Mooris roots. Not so! Our visit to the Museu do Fado set me right and provided an excellent introduction to this uniquely Portuguese musical form. free audio guides are available in a range...More

Thank K F
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
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2 May 2017|
Response from Rita O | Property representative |
Dear Thomas, the dress code is the usual in museums. We look forward to receiving your visit soon. Best regards, Rita Oliveira
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