Museums

MudeLisbon has more than 50 Museums, which exhibit pieces and works of art ranging from Antiquity to the present day. In a city with more than 3,000 years of history, there are traces dating from its founding by the Phoenicians, pieces that testify the Portuguese discoveries of the XV to the XVII centuries or even design pieces signed by famous international designers of this century. Art works (by artists such as Dürer, Bosch, Picasso, Jean Paul Gaultier, Paula Rego), sciences, ethnography, music, all of this can be found in Lisbon’s Museums. Most of them charge an entrance fee (information on prices can be found on each page), but on Sundays and until 14h00, entrance is free in all public Museums.

Museums in Lisbon

Chiado Museum

As the name implies, this museum is located in Chiado. It was founded in 1911 in the space of an old convent, to be the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The building, severely damaged, was completely renovated in 1994 by the French architect Jean-Michel Willmotte, featuring neo-modern lines that meet the historical remains of the […]

Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is installed on the Lisbon Zoo, surrounded by the park’s vegetation and getting the friendly sounds of animals. It welcomes the visit of school groups during the week and of families on weekends. This museum was created with the aim of encouraging the creativity on children. With the help of specialized supervisors […]

Cinemateca Portuguesa

Created in 1948, the Portuguese Cinematheque is an institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Cinema (especially the Portuguese Cinema). It is installed in a beautiful mansion on Rua Barata Salgueiro, close to Avenida da Liberdade. Due to the antiquity, it had to be completely refurbished in 2003. In addition to the several movie […]

City Museum

For those who really want to know Lisbon, the City Museum is a must see; here is told Lisbon’s history since pre-history to the 20th century. The museum is located at Campo Grande, in an 18th century palace (Pimenta Palace). It was built by King John V for his mistress, who, according to history, was […]

Coach Museum

The Coach Museum is one of Lisbon’s most popular, annually attracting over 200,000 visitors. It was founded in 1905 by Dona Amélia de Orleães (the last Portuguese queen) and it stands in the former Royal horse riding arena, restored to settle there the vehicles of the former Portuguese Royal House and its accessories, as well as […]

Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum

The Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum is installed since 1931 in a magnificent Chalet of the end of the 19th century, which belongs to the village of Cascais. In 1890 the aristocrat George O’Neill asked the architect Francisco Vilaça the project for a new palace. The result was a beautiful building of Romantic revivalist style, […]

Costume National Museum

Located in Lumiar, on an 18th century palace, the National Museum of Costume is surrounded by an immense park that surprises and delights its visitors. The Monteiro-Mor Park is a beautiful botanical garden with exotic species, ponds and lakes, nice shadows and quiet places. It was planted in the 18th century along with the construction […]

Design and Fashion Museum

The MUDE, Museum of Design and Fashion was opened in 2009, in Rua Augusta (near the Arc). From 1999 to 2006, it had already existed in Centro Cultural de Belém the Design Museum. Here was displayed the fantastic design collection of the 20th century from the Portuguese economist Francisco Capelo. The old headquarters of the […]

Electricity Museum

Situated in Belém, next to the Tagus River, the Electricity Museum is one of the best examples of industrial architecture in the country. It was built in the early 20th century to provide electricity to Lisbon. This monumental building made of red brick and huge glass windows, houses a museum since 1990. It was created to […]

Fado Museum

The Fado Museum, located in the typical Alfama neighbourhood is entirely devoted to this emblematic music of Lisbon. It uses some audio-visual environments to reveal the history of fado, also remembering its interpreters and instrumentalists. The museum covers all of the fado’s history: its inception in the eighteenth century, its internationalization since the 30′s of the twentieth […]