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The Best Museums in Lisbon

As there are numerous types of tourists, there are also different motivations to visit a city. If some people prefer to travel to rest, others choose to strengthen their culture and knowledge. However, it is certain that the museums are one of the most important parts of a city, being an object of a great tourist interest. Today, get to know the best museums in Lisbon and enjoy organizing a different plan.

MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

(Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology)

MAAT opened its doors in 2016 and is one of the great artistic highlights of Lisbon. With a bold architecture, it is a multidisciplinary space - was not this home of "Art, Architecture, and Technology". The museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions of renowned Portuguese and international artists. In addition to guided tours, MAAT has a vast program: from creative workshops for the whole family, conferences and even shows. The certainty is that there are plenty of didactic spaces for all ages!

If you do not want to visit the museum, you can always be dazzled by the views of the viewpoint and the gardens that MAAT offers.

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

(Calouste Gulbenkian Museum)

Calouste Gulbenkian was an Armenian businessman and collector who lived in Lisbon in the last years of his life. A lover of art, Gulbenkian had a collection of endless pieces, which he left in the Portuguese capital for the creation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Rembrandt, Rubens, Manet, Degas, and Van Dyck, among many others, can be found in the Museum, declared a National Monument. There, you can find numerous works of painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, and photography. During a visit to the Foundation, you can also visit the majestic Gulbenkian Garden, where you can find pleasant routes and be surprised by the immense flora and fauna that you will find there.

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MNAA - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

(National Museum of Ancient Art)

The MNAA was opened in 1884 and features a huge collection of works dating from the twelfth century to the early nineteenth century. The main highlight of this museum is the Panels of Saint Vincent - it is easy to understand the use of the benches in front of the 60 painted figures, isn't it? Sit down and take all the time you need to admire these six panels of the fifteenth century. The National Museum of Ancient Art will surely surprise you!

Discover European, Asian and African art collections on a journey through time and space!

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Museu Nacional do Azulejo

(National Tile Museum)

Color, color, and more color. The tiles are the works that most proud the Portuguese. In the National Tile Museum, it is possible to find a wide collection of tiles, paintings, and sculptures dating from the fifteenth century to the present day. On a visit to the MNAz, have the opportunity to also explore the Mother of God Convent, the Church, the Cloisters and the Gardens.

The whole atmosphere of this museum is highly welcoming, making you feel in a traditionally Portuguese space! Take advantage also to visit the restaurant which, of course, is also filled with huge nineteenth-century tiles.

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Museu do Fado

(Fado Museum)

The Fado Museum is a tribute to the Fado and to the great Portuguese fadistas that elevated one of the most traditional symbols of Portugal to the classification of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Located in Alfama, the neighborhood where Fado was born, the Fado Museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, composed of record collections, films, photographs, posters, and many trophies. There you will also find a music school, a themed shop and a restaurant.

The ideal plan to know the history of Fado in a wide space and with audiovisual materials. For those who love Fado or those who prefer to just discover a striking facet of Portugal ... Perfect, is not it?

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Museu Nacional dos Coches

(National Coach Museum)

The museum which is part of most of the tour itineraries in Lisbon. If you want to visit the National Coach Museum, grab your chance, as it is one of the great highlights of the city. Classified as Cultural Heritage, it presents the largest and most important collection of cars in the world! Lose yourself in the luxury of these gala cars of the Portuguese Royal House and discover one of the most interesting sides of the History of Portugal.

The museum is located in Belém, in the historical center of Lisbon, making it very easy to access. Worth truly exploring!

In the capital, you can find museums dedicated to art, science, the Discoveries, and even children. The city offers the best of Portugal in an accessible, dynamic and very interesting way! Are you ready? If you are looking for a different day in Lisbon, immerse yourself in an experience full of moments of history, culture, leisure, and fun.

Do not wait any longer to discover the best museums in Lisbon!

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