About Francisco F
Lives in Lisbon, Portugal
Since Aug 2008
35-49 year old male
Lisbon Local, Harley Rider, Food & Wine Lover, Nature Geek. Snowboarder, Trekker, Longboarder, Skater, Archeology, Old Books, Bullfighting, Rugby Lover. 5 Languages, 42 Countries, 5 Continents, 1 RTW.
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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.
Colecção Berardo contains what is, in my opinion, Lisbon's best modern art collection, including works by Picasso, Duchamp, Pollack, and many others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.