We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Paseo de San Gabriel y Misiones de los Tapes, Colonia del Sacramento 70000, Uruguay
Phone Number:

Housed in a 300-year-old house, this unusual museum displays 19th-century...

Housed in a 300-year-old house, this unusual museum displays 19th-century European and Uruguayan tiles.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 282 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1
  • 5
    Very good
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
Small but very interesting representation of ceramics from different sources

Obviously it depends on how much you appreciate decorative arts, but this small museum offers a good variety of beautiful samples of ceramics from France, Spain and of course... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Similar Things to Do in Colonia del Sacramento

Add Photo Write a Review

282 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 18: English reviews
Bunbury, Australia
Level Contributor
765 reviews
452 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited during our walking tour. It is one of the most visited locations in the old town. It was constructed by the Portuguese during the period 1740 - 1760 and restored in 1986. There are collections of Portuguese, Spanish and French tiles and also the first tiles made in Uruguay dating to the 1849 - 1900 period. It also displays... More 

Thank Dan L
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
235 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Obviously it depends on how much you appreciate decorative arts, but this small museum offers a good variety of beautiful samples of ceramics from France, Spain and of course local craftsmen of great historic value especially if you are into this form of art. The site is an original building of the 18th.century and the entrance fee is included with... More 

Thank Jesusmiguel58
Level Contributor
110 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Worth a visit. It a collection of what was brought from Europe in the Colonial Era (1500) when they brought this pieces in the ships to avoid collapsing and then left this mosaics and exchanged it with silver and gold.

Thank Wright3333
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
469 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This place is tiny and won't hold your attention for very long. The tiles are "everyday" tiles found in the old parts of Colonia, and not of exceptional quality or patterns. However they are still nice to see with some nice designs. Better they are displayed than hidden in some dusty drawers somewhere.

Thank roos1ter
Sydney, Canada
Level Contributor
352 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The Tile museum is a simple museum located in a 17th century Portuguese house that showcases French and Spanish tiles, and some of the first tiles made in Uruguay. Most of the tiles are in shades of blue and white. Behind the museum is an interesting map of 18th century Colonia painted on white tiles.

Thank Aafia
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Level Contributor
60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

For those who know the Portuguese tiles used on the facades of Brazilian homes in many cities (Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Olinda, San Luis) this museum is weak. However, one should take into account that the small collection is the remnant of numerous battles between the Portuguese and Spaniards in Colonia del Sacramento, hence its historical importance.

Thank corrosio
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2016

I am comparing the collection to the museum in Montevideo. The exhibit was informative about the European origins of the tiles but the display showed very few tiles.

Thank K G
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
1,005 reviews
388 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2015

There are about 5 tiny museums that cost 50 pesos total. Except for one, most of these are one room museums at best. We have been to Portugal and have seen beautiful ornate and well preserved tiles, these were not of that quality. I would not recommend unless you need something to do before you return to Buenos Aires on... More 

Thank minnesotans4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

In order to enter most museums in the Barrio Histórico, one buys 1 general admission ticket for 50 Uruguayan pesos. This gets one into half a dozen "museams" around town, but the tile museam was only the size of a tiny room.

Thank PacoPacoPaco3
Level Contributor
712 reviews
377 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 646 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

If you are interested in the materials used in this town’s amazing buildings, then this museum might be more meaningful for that rather than what’s housed inside. This stone house is still standing after centuries of use – can only guess they were built to last in the 17th century! However, inside there is a small display of beautifully designed... More 

1 Thank Globebugs

Travellers who viewed Museo de Azulejos also viewed

Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

Been to Museo de Azulejos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museo de Azulejos staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?