Best Museums in Lisbon

National Museum of Ancient Art

Housed in the former palace of the Count of Alvor, this extensive museum contains the most significant collection of Portuguese public art, housing the largest number of artwork classified as “national treasures”. Exhibitions include Portuguese and European paintings, sculpture, gold and silverware, furniture, textiles, glass, and even art from the Portuguese discoveries.

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National Azuleijo Museum

Azulejos (painted glazed tiles, predominately blue) are quintessentially Portuguese. For an entrance fee of only 5 euro, this museum is a must! It was fun to see the beautiful Azulejo memorials, and to learn how they evolved from the 16th century until now.

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Ajuda National Palace

The Ajuda neighborhood is also home to one of our favorite palaces, the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda (Palace of Ajuda). The palace once served as a permanent residence of the royal family during the reign of King Luis I and his wife, Maria Pia of Savoy, but is now open to the public as a museum. So, what’s special about it? Unlike many of the palaces and castles in Europe, the Palace of Ajuda wasn’t leveled during WWII. The furniture and rooms are more authentic than many other palaces we have seen. Although the palace was never destroyed, it was no stranger to conflict; it was invaded by Napoleon’s troops in 1807 while still under construction and struggled to reach completion due to other political and financial problems.

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Medeiros e Almeida House-Museum

Have you ever walked by a luxurious mansion and wanted to see inside? We all do. Well, look no further. Successful business man and private art collector, António de Medeiros e Almeida (1895-1986) spent his life acquiring 17th to 20th century artwork and, prior to his passing, converted his house into museum for the all to enjoy. To ensure the preservation of his collection he created a foundation in 1972 under his name and gifted it to the country of Portugal. For a small entry fee of 5 euro, you can see all his exquisite collection has to offer including paintings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, and the list goes on.

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National Pantheon

Located in one of Lisbon’s most charming neighborhoods, the Alfama district, the National Pantheon is the final resting place for many of Portugal’s past presidents. Fun fact - the building was originally the Church of Santa Engrácia, and was later converted to the National Pantheon. We particularly enjoyed the stunning architecture and interior design of the Pantheon. If you’re interested in taking the scenic route there, catch Tram number 28.

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National Money Museum

This museum was a perfect place for us to hide out on a rainy day. Located in the former late Baroque church of S. Julião, this multimedia interactive museum guides visitors through the history of money throughout the world, including pre-monetary currency, as well as bank notes and coins from across the globe. Our favorite part was being able to hold a 12kg bar of pure gold! Perhaps the best part of this museum is that it’s entirely free! Be sure to pick up a ticket because it allows you to access many of the interactive displays.

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 MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

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National Coach Museum

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Berardo Collection Museum

 

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