Lisbon is a very cultural and historical city, full of museums! However, there are so many different museums and it can be quite confusing for someone just arriving! Read on to find out everything you need to know about 5 of the most popular museums in Lisbon so you can figure out where you need to go!
Museu de Arte Antiga
This is the National Museum of Ancient Art which hosts an extensive number of historical pieces of European, African and Eastern Art, dating back centuries, including various Art from paintings to sculpture, glass work and much more. Even some date back to the Portuguese Discoveries Era! You will find the museum in a beautiful palace purchased by Marquês de Pombal in 1770 and now hosts one of the most valuable collections of art in Portugal.
This Museum is open 10am – 6pm (closed Mondays) & located at Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisboa.
Museu de Fado
If one of your goals when travelling is to immerse yourself in the local culture, and you’re keen to learn about something very important and unique to the Portuguese culture, this museum is definitely one to go to! At the Fado museum, you will find out all about the development and passion behind Fado! Go here to discover why Fado is such a big part of the Portuguese culture, particularly in Lisbon, and the true meaning behind the most famous Fado songs and what “Saudade” really is.
The museum is open 10am – 6pm (closed Mondays) & is located at: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1, 1100-139 Lisboa.
Interested in seeing Fado live? Join a Fado tour for a night of Fado, snacks and wine! Get more information and book online here.
Museu nacional do azulejo
Portugal, and Lisbon particularly, is famous for its azulejos – colourful patterned tiles covering houses in the whole city. If you’re intrigued by the origin of this art and want to discover various different types of tiles and learn about its development throughout history, then go visit the national museum of Azulejo to uncover the reason why it has become a tradition in Portugal.
This museum is open 10am – 6pm (closed on Mondays) and located at R. Me. Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisboa.
The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and is a whole cultural centre for Lisbon which combines these three areas of study whilst having spaces for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. The goal for the MAAT is to present national and international exhibitions by artists, architects and thinkers that will make people reflect. Also, the building in itself is an impressive piece of Art.
This museum is open 11am – 7pm (closed on Tuesdays) & located at Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa.
Lisboa story Centre
If you are keen to learn about the history of lisbon and all the important events that took place in the city you’re visiting, then the Lisboa sory centre is the perfect place for you! Explore the audio-visual exposition to learn about events like the earthquake of 1755 and much more!
The museum is open everyday (10am – 8pm) and is located at Praça do Comércio 78, 1100-148 Lisboa.
Of course, this isn’t technically a museum but if you’re a fan of aquariums, the Oceanario de Lisboa is definitely a must-see! It is one of the biggest in Europe, hosting schooling fish, various sizes and types of manta rays, penguins, otters and even a huge sunfish! It is all centred around one huge tank with the majority of the species being kept in here which you can walk around and admire from the two floors of the aquarium. Smaller tanks are also scattered around this central tank so you can see some other species up close, including everything from giant spider crabs to fluorescent jellyfish, seahorses to tiny frogs, and plenty more.
This museum is open every day (10am – 6pm) & located Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa.