7 museums that can’t be missed in Lisbon!



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Go for a more historical and cultural tour through Lisbon and make sure to include a visit to the best museums in Portuguese capital!

Travelling, regardless of how it’s done, is always synonymous of learning. Interacting with a different reality from what we are used to, or just a break from our daily routine, allows us to see other perspectives and adopt different ways of thinking and acting.

If you enjoy returning from a trip with more culture and history in your luggage, then you must be a true museum enthusiast. If that’s the case and if you’re thinking of travelling to Lisbon, you should know that the capital has a complete offer when it comes to museums. To make it easy for you, we put together a selection of some of the best museums in Lisbon!


  • MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology)


  • Where? Av. Brasília, Central Tejo, Belém, 1300-598 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

One of the most recent and most impressive museums in Lisbon, MAAT is the museum of art, architecture and technology. With an architecture characterised by giant curves, this museum has a privileged location by the river, making it impossible to blend in. Open to the public since 2016, this project is intended to be part of the city’s tourist itinerary and its ambition is to host national and international exhibitions, by the hands of contemporary artists, architects and thinkers.


  • MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (Design and Fashion Museum)

MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda

  • Where? Rua Augusta, 24, 1100-053 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Winter opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm | Summer opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm

This is a must visit for the true lovers of fashion and its evolution. At MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, you can witness an authentic journey to the past of fashion, from the present all the way to the 1930s. Responsible for Francisco Capelo’s collection, this museum opened in 2009 and continually collaborates with external curators, artists, designers and architects, in order to increase its offer.


  • Museu Coleção Berardo (Berardo Collection Museum)


  • Where? Praça do Império,1449-003 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Every day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Located in the Centro Cultural de Belém, the Museu Coleção Berardo is one of the most important modern and contemporary art museums in Lisbon. It always hosts one permanent and two temporary exhibitions, allowing each visitor to experience the most relevant artistic movements from the 20th and 21st centuries, thanks to names like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Paula Rego, Andy Warhol, among others.


  • MNAA – Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art)


  • Where? Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249-01 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Located inside Palácio do Alvor since 1884, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is the Portuguese museum that hosts the most national treasures and works of reference. With more than 130 years of existence, this museum hosts a collection of over 40 thousand items that range from painting, sculpture, jewellery and decorative art, originating from Europe, Africa and Eastern countries.


  • MNAz – Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum)


  • Where? Rua da Madre de Deus, 4, 1900-312 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

One of Portugal’s most characteristic symbols is, without a doubt, the tile! Of course, such an iconic piece as the tile deserves a true homage in a museum. In that sense, Museu Nacional do Azulejo has the mission of collecting, preserving, studying and showcasing representative samples of the evolution of ceramic pieces and tiles in Portugal. Located inside Convento de Madre Deus, it exhibits the most significant examples of Portuguese tiles.


  • Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum)

Museu Nacional dos Coches

  • Where? Avenida da Índia, 136, Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Inaugurated in 1905, and with a new home since 2015, Museu Nacional dos Coches presents an incredible collection – one-of-a-kind in the world – of the most beautiful, iconic and antique coaches in the world’s history. A collection of astounding beauty and luxury, detailed in each coach that served the most important members of royalty and that will leave anyone in awe.


  • Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)


  • Where? Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, N.º 1, 1100-139 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

If Portuguese tile is worthy of a museum, of course we could not forget fado, so dear to all of us. Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, fado now has a home to present its story, Museu do Fado, open to the public since 1998. The museum hosts numerous collections donated by various singers, musicians, artists and songwriters.

Have we sparked your curiosity and you’re already making plans to visit each and every one of these museums in Lisbon? You can also visit other museums, such as Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum), Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência (National Museum of Natural History and Science), Museu da Água (Water Museum), among others.

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