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Lisbon Museums - 
Testimonies of Greatness!

You definitely have to visit some of the marvellous Lisbon Museums available to you throughout the city.

They are indeed testimonies of some of the greatest ages of Portugal and present you with a large variety of collections.

In Lisbon you can find some world-class museums such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Also, some of the world's most valuables collections in the National Coach Museum and in the Maritime Museum.

If you like art collections, you can visit the Ancient Art Museum, the Tile Museum.

If you prefer, go to the National Contemporary Art Museum (Chiado Museum), the Gulbenkian's Modern Art Center or Berardo Museum in the Belem Cultural Center.

Temptation of Saint Anthony.

Learn more about Lisbon in the City Museum or find the origins of the Lisbon song in the Fado Museum.

Don't forget to reserve some time to the Mãe d' Agua Water Museum.

Get lost in the Archaeology Museum and contemplate the extravagance of the Ajuda Palace located in Belem.

Usually overlooked by the travel guides, there are some splendid private collections that are worth a visit like the Medeiros e Almeida Museum and the Anastácio Gonçalves Museum.

Lisbon Carmo Museum Peruvian Mummy.As you will easily see, almost all the churches in Lisbon have some small art collections that are definitly taking a look at.

There is also the Carmo Church with its archaeological museum, the Saint Anthony Church with the life history of the saint and the Saint Roque Church with a splendid sacred art collection.

For your convenience, I'll give a list of the museums you must see and a list of other museums that are equally amazing if you have time.

Remember: You don't have to see them all the first time you come to Lisbon!

Simply choose from the list, read the description, check ou their website and plan the ones you're going to see this time.

The others can be seen next time you come to visit us, ok?

Tip. Tip

The tourism office's Lisboa Card gives you free access (or at least a reduced admission) to the majority of the Lisbon museums. Also, some of them have free entrance on Sunday mornings until 14 hours (2 PM).

Lisbon museums you must see

Lisbon Coach Museum.I suggest you start with this list and if you have time go on to the other. The order is not mandatory, of course.

All are marvellous and are worth a visit with some time to enjoy the collections displayed.

Check out the map I prepared for you with these ten museums, print it and bring it with you in your visit.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
(Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)- Vast collection of authentic treasures.

National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) - World's largest and lavish collection of royal coaches.

Ancient Art Museum (Museu de Arte Antiga) - Great collection of ancient Oriental and European art

Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha) - Testimonies of the greatness of the Portuguese explorers and overseas explorations

Berardo Museum (Museu Colecção Berardo) - World-class collection of modern art from Warhol to Picasso - Free admission!

National Contemporary Art Museum / Chiado Museum (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea / Museu do Chiado) - Collection or Portuguese contemporary art

The Tile Museum (Museu National do Azulejo) - An extravagant old convent with a fabulous ancient art collection. Discover Lisbon before the 1755 Earthquake.

Medeiros e Almeida Museum (Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida)- Splendid art pieces in a private collection.

City Museum (Museu da Cidade) - Learn about the vast historical events of this city.
Archaeology Museum (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) - Archaeological pieces from various centuries.

Other Lisbon museums equally amazing

Here, I present you with a list of other Lisbon museums that you can visit. I guarantee you won't be disappointed by any of them.

Ajuda Palace
(Palácio da Ajuda) - Extravagant collection of furniture, tapestries, statues, and other decorative arts.

National Natural History Museum (Museu Nacional de História Natural) - Zoological and anthropological collections.

National Theater Museum (Museu Nacional do Teatro) - History of the noble art of theater in Portugal.

National Museum of Costume and Fashion (Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda) - Collections of ancient costumes and fashion.

Military Museum (Museu Militar) - A tribute to the country's battles.

Fado Museum (Museu do Fado) - The story of the Lisbon song and music.

Orient Museum (Museu do Oriente) - Testimonies of the presence of Lisbon in Asia and vice-versa.

Decorative Arts Museum (Museu de Artes Decorativas) - A wonderful decorative arts collection.

Anastácio Gonçalves Museum (Museu Anastácio Golçalves) - Great private decorative arts collection.

Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva Museum (Museu Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva) - Collections of two great 20th-century artists.

Interactive Science Museum (Museu da Ciência Interactivo) - Exhibit scientific experiences with cutting-edge technology.

Carmo Church's Archaeological Museum (Museu Arqueológico da Igreja do Carmo) - Astonishing archaeological finds.

São Roque Church's Sacred Art Museum (Museu de Arte Sacra da Igreja de São Roque) - Sacred art treasures.

Mãe d' Agua Water Museum (Museu da Água) - History of the water in Lisbon.

Saint Anthony Church and Museum (Museu da Igreja de Santo António) - Presents Saint Anthony's life story.

The Roman Theater Museum (Museu do Teatro Romano) - Archaeological finds of an ancient Roman theater in Lisbon.

Marionette Museum (Museu da Marioneta) - Great collection of puppets from around the world.

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Museum (Museu Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro) - Popular 19º century portuguese artist collection.

Republic and Resistance Museum (Museu da República e da Resistência) - Portuguese contemporary history.

Pharmacy Museum (Museu da Farmácia) - Pharmaceutical history collection.

Carris Museum (Museu da Carris) - Public transportation history in Portugal.

Electricity Museum (Museu da Electricidade) - History of the electricity in Portugal.

Music Museum (Museu da Música) - One of the world's most important collections of music instruments.

Radio Museum (Museu da Rádio) - Presents the evolution of the radio in Portugal.

Fernando Pessoa House (Casa Fernando Pessoa) - Tribute to one of the greatest poet of all time.

Amália Rodrigues House-Museum (Casa Museu Amália Rodrigues) - Tribute to the best Fado singer of Portugal and one of the world's greatest artists of all time.

I invite you once again to visit some of the Lisbon Museums and, while you're there, take some pictures to make it unforgettable!

See also

Discover the Lisbon Attractions
Visit the Lisbon Monuments

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