National Theatre Museum
The National Theatre Museum is installed in the Monteiro-Mor Palace (Lumiar), surrounded by a magnificent botanical garden of 11 hectares planted in the 18th century, and that is one of the best green spaces in Lisbon. Of the original Palace, also of the 18th century, little remains as a great fire in 1970 only left the exterior walls. In 1975 the State acquired the property and decided to restore the palace to house a Theatre Museum. With a completely new interior, the National Theatre Museum was opened in 1985.
It shows a collection of about 260,000 pieces related to the history and evolution of the Portuguese Theatre, from the 18th century to the present. Among others objects, one can see: models of scenarios and of the first Lisbon theatres, props, costumes, drawings, portraits and caricatures, posters, programs and tickets, photos, Postcards and newspaper clippings, music (discs and scores), paper theatres (18th to 20th century). The most important pieces are related to the theatre companies: Rosas e Brasão, Rey Colaço Robles Monteiro, Amália Rodrigues e Mário Viegas. The museum also has several temporary exhibitions and offers a pleasant cafeteria with a terrace next to the superb Monteiro-Mor Park.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 6.00pm and Tuesday from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Closed on Monday, Tuesday morning.