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Museum Guide for Lisbon

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From impressive ancient and modern art collections to stunning tiles to marionettes, Lisbon museums take you into vast and wondrous worlds. Here, the best of the city's culture, ready for exploring!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Museu Nacional dos Coches

Speciality Museums

Museu Colecao Berardo

Art Museums

Museu de Macau

Speciality Museums

Museu do Oriente

Speciality Museums

National Museum of Ancient Art

Speciality Museums

Puppet Museum

Speciality Museums

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Art Museums

National Tile Museum

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Museu Bordalo Pinheiro

Speciality Museums

Museu Nacional do Traje

Speciality Museums

Francisco F's City Tips

  • Tipping is discretionary. If you receive good service, it is nice to tip up to 10%.
  • Lisbon is a fairly walkable city (despite many hills), but the public transit system (trains, trams, funicular, buses ...) is reliable and affordable.
  • Lisbon's stone sidewalks can make it hard to walk, so wear comfortable shoes!
  • Many museums offer free entrance at certain times of the week (usually select Sundays), and most are closed on Mondays. Check the websites before you visit.
  • When dining out, it's fine to drink tap water, which is high quality.
  • If you're a museum fiend, the Lisboa Card could represent a great deal. It offers free or discounted admission to many attractions, in addition to free transit.
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    Museu Nacional dos Coches
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Museu Nacional dos Coches is housed in an 18th-century riding school, and it showcases one of the most impressive collections of horse carriages in the world. The gilded vessels in these halls hail from dynasties of the Portuguese royal family, as well as from other European royal families.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is one of my favorite museums, and well worth a visit!
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Belem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 10/09/2017
    • So unique, a must see 07/09/2017
    • Museu Nacional dos Coches
    Address:
    Praca Afonso de Albuquerque
    Belem 1300-044
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 361 0850
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museu Colecao Berardo
    Art Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Colecção Berardo contains what is, in my opinion, Lisbon's best modern art collection, including works by Picasso, Duchamp, Pollack, and many others.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The museum is free to visit!
    • Make a day of it: Spend the morning at Museu Nacional dos Coches, have lunch in the Belém District, and then hit Museu Berardo!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice modern art museum in Belem 19/09/2017
    • Very impressive art collection - definitely worth a visit 19/09/2017
    • Museu Colecao Berardo
    Address:
    Praca do Imperio
    Lisbon 1449-003
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 361 2878
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Museu de Macau
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Delving into Portugal's longtime connection with China, Museu de Macau is a hidden gem for history lovers. The public face of the Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau (or Macau Scientific and Cultural Center) — a research and education center focusing on the relations between Portugal and China — the museum holds one of the most important collections of Chinese art on the Iberian peninsula, including magnificent terracotta and fine porcelain pieces.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • After visiting, stop by the nearby LX Factory to explore the modern artisan scene or have a bite at one of many unique restaurants.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #233 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    • A must visit museum 17/09/2017
    • Small museum about Portugal and Macau 06/09/2017
    • Museu de Macau
    Address:
    Rua da Junqueira
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 361 7570
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Museu do Oriente
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Operated by Portugal's Orient Foundation, Museu do Oriente explores the country's historic ties with Asia, and the ways in which the cultures of East and West have influenced each other. Within the vast and striking 1940s bacalhau (dried salt-cod) warehouse, you'll find rare Chinese screens, Indonesian ceramics, and various religious artifacts from colonial-era crucifixes to a Nepalese exorcism doll.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Combine this with a visit to the Ancient Art Museum, as the two are a 10-minute walk from one another.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • On Fridays, the museum stays open until 10pm and offers free admission after 6pm (get there early to avoid the lines!).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very diverse Asian heritage 13/09/2017
    • Loved the visit 03/09/2017
    • Museu do Oriente
    Address:
    Avenida Brasilia
    Doca de Alcântara (Norte)
    Lisbon 1300-598
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351(0)213 585244
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    National Museum of Ancient Art
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    The National Museum of Ancient Art is chock-full of historic, artistic treasures, from paintings by the Old Masters to stunning Portuguese jewelry to silverware that once belonged to the royal family.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Monstrance of Belem, a religious artifact that was made from the first shipment of gold Vasco da Gama brought home from his explorations.
    • Also fascinating are the 16th-century Japanese screens that show the Portuguese arriving in Japan.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays and on Tuesday mornings (Tuesday hours: 2-6pm).
    • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extraordinary! 14/09/2017
    • Proper art....spectacular 07/09/2017
    • National Museum of Ancient Art
    Address:
    Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017
    Lisbon 1249 - 017
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 391 2800
    Other:
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    Puppet Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Inside the lovely 18th-century Bernardas Convent you'll find knights, princesses, devils, and jokers — all in tiny marionette form. The collection of more than 1,000 puppets includes some gems from as far back as the 17th century, and from places as far-flung as New Zealand, Indonesia, and India.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • There is also a puppet theater company. Check to see what show is on during your visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Well Curated Collection of Puppets and Masks 14/09/2017
    • Amazing museum! Free on Sundays when there is also a live puppet show in the courtyard! 12/09/2017
    • Puppet Museum
    Address:
    Rua da Esperanca 146
    Convento das Bernardas
    Lisbon 1200-660
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 213 942 810
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 13:00
    14:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
    Art Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    A must-visit for any art lover, the Gulbenkian Museum houses one of the finest private art collections in the world, amassed by one of the 20th century's wealthiest men, oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, over a period of 40 years. The collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art contains rare treasures like a gold Egyptian mummy mask, 17th-century Persian tapestries, and works by Rembrandt and Renoir.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The museum cafeteria is a good choice for a quick snack or meal.
    • If you are short on time, this is Lisbon's must-visit museum!
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super place ..... good cafes 20/09/2017
    • Astonishing Quality 19/09/2017
    • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection
    Address:
    Avenida de Berna 45a
    Lisbon 1050-039
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 782 3461
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    National Tile Museum
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Home to the only collection of its kind in the world, Museu Nacional do Azulejo (or the National Tile Museum) is devoted to five centuries of ceramic tiles — and is arguably one of the most interesting and important national museums in all of Portugal. Housed in the magnificent Madre de Deus Convent, the museum explores the history of the 'azulejo' (tile), a distinctive Portuguese art form. In addition to exhibits on the history and making of the tiles, it features a collection of beautiful tiles from the 15th century and on, and the building itself is equally stunning to behold.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Don't miss the 23m (75ft) Lisbon cityscape, made in 1738 out of 1300 blue-and-white tiles — it survived the Great Earthquake, and is said to be the country's longest tile piece.
    • The Museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great find 19/09/2017
    • Art museum 17/09/2017
    • National Tile Museum
    Address:
    Rua Madre de Deus 4
    Lisbon 1900-312
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 810 0340
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museu Bordalo Pinheiro
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    A major figure of 19th-century Portugal, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was multi-talented (to say the least). He worked as a painter, potter, journalist — but he is best known for his witty and insightful caricatures, which portrayed and often criticized the cultural and socio-political mores of his era. Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, which is located in the artist's former residence in the Campo Grande district, celebrates his life and work, showcasing his ceramics, magazine illustrations, cartoons, and much more.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the short film, which gives good background on Pinheiro, his time, and his influence.
    • After your visit, walk across the park to the City Museum, where more of the artist's works are on display in the garden.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free every Sunday until 2pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #216 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    • Art a la Carte 13/04/2017
    • Pretty cool 30/07/2016
    • Museu Bordalo Pinheiro
    Address:
    Campo Grande 382
    Lisbon 1700-097
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 817 0667
    Other:
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    Museu Nacional do Traje
    Speciality Museums
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    Francisco F Says:

    Situated in the stunning 18th-century Palácio Angeja-Palmela, Museu Nacional do Traje (the National Museum of Costumes) showcases costumes and clothing from the 17th century through the present day. The collection includes more than 35,000 items, from textiles and accessories to costumes and dolls, including both civilian and royal dress and examining clothing rituals, the ways clothing was made, and fascinating topics.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum also operates the historic Botanical Park of Monteiro-Mor, a project initiated by the Marquis of Angeja in the 18th century. Wander through after visiting the museum.
    • Both the museum and gardens are closed all day Monday and on Tuesday mornings (Tuesday hours are 2pm-6pm).
    • The museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month.
    • Note that there are some irregular stones, as well as staircases and terraces, in the park. Those with special needs should ask for assistance at the museum.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 435 things to do in Lisbon
    • Better garden than museum 02/07/2017
    • Nice and lovely 29/06/2016
    • Museu Nacional do Traje
    Address:
    Largo Julio Castilho
    Lisbon 1600-483
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 756 7620
    Other:
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