Lisbon Museum Guide
Lisbon's many museums demonstrate clearly the historical, cultural and artistic legacy of Portugal. There are museums for art lovers, for science fans, for children, for everybody in fact.
Click the museum name to go to the website. Unless indicated to the contrary, museums in Lisbon close on Mondays. Prices are for adults. Check the respective websites for any elderly/student discounts.
Museums in Lisbon:

Praça do Império
Lisbon
PHONE 21 361 2400

Date/time:
Every Day:
10:00 am - 07:00 pm

Price 
Free
One of Lisbon’s more modern museums, the Belém Cultural Centre (or CCB) boasts four galleries for exhibitions on modern art, architecture and photography, and a permanent Design Museum. Opened in 1999, the Design Museum started with 200 pieces, ordered chronologically in order to show the evolution of design through the 20th Century.
The art galleries are large and well thought out. The Centre also has a number of performance halls for concerts, theatre, opera and more.

Largo da Madre de Deus 4
Lisbon
PHONE 21 810 0340

Date/time:
Tues-Sun
10.00 am - 06:00 pm.

Price 
€5

The National Tile Museum is located in the Madre Deus Convent, built in 1509. Although only two parts of the original construction remain, it makes for a beautiful setting for this exhibition of one of Portugal’s best known art forms.
The collection depicts the history of Portugal, with tiles dating from the 15th Century and from every age until modernity. One of the highlights is the 23 metre long Lisbon panel, showing the city before the 1755 earthquake.

Rua das Janelas Verdes
Lisbon
PHONE 21 391 2800

Date/time:
Tuesday
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Wed-Sun
10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
Located in Santos and with a great view of the Tagus River, this museum houses a wonderful collection of paintings, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, textiles and more. The transition of artistic forms from the Middle-Ages to the 20th Century is displayed in great style. The museum also has a collection of artefacts from India, China, Japan and Africa.
Since its opening in 1884, the National Museum of Ancient Art has become an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand the breadth and scope and history of Portuguese art.


Rua Serpa Pinto 4
Lisbon
PHONE 21 343 2148

Date/time:
Tues-Sun
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Price 
€4
Located in the old centre of Lisbon, this museum from 1911 was completely rebuilt in 1994. The museum has an impressive collection illustrating the Naturalistic, Romantic and Modernist periods.
Containing paintings dating from 1850 until today, the exhibition represents the most important contemporary Portuguese art collection in the country.

 


Avenida de Berna 45A
Lisbon
PHONE 21 782 3000

Date/time:
Tues-Sun
10:00 am - 07:45 pm


Price 
€4
Calouste Gulbenkian was a Lisbon-based Armenian oil magnate. When he died, he willed his vast collection of ancient and modern art to his eponymous foundation. That art is permanently displayed at the museum. The museum is divided in two sections; the first focused on Oriental and Classic Arts and the second on European Art. Gulbenkian’s vast wealth ensured that the museum has masterpieces by some of Europe’s greatest artists, including (but certainly not limited to) Rubens, Rodin, Renoir and Monet.
The museum is located within a beautiful private park that is open for visitors.

 


Largo Júlio de Castilho
Lisbon
PHONE 21 756 7620

Date/time:
Tues

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Wed-Sun
10:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
The current collection at the National Clothing Museum contains over 30,000 pieces, ranging from costumes and textiles to accessories and toys. The technology and manufacture of various styles of clothing are shown in the permanent exhibition, while a rotating selection of temporary exhibitions guarantee a new experience on every visit. The museum was founded following a gift of 7,000 costumes and accessories from the Royal House.

 


Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
Lisbon
PHONE 21 361 0850

Date/time:
Tues-Sun
10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
Located in the heart of Belém, one of Lisbon’s most charming neighbourhoods, this museum displays a stunning collection of ceremonial vehicles used by the courts of Europe such as coaches, berlins, carriages, chaises, cabriolets, litters, sedan chairs and children’s carts, dating from the 17th to the late 19th century. Set in the old palatial Riding Centre, this is considered the supreme collection of its kind. This is the most visited museum in Lisbon, and for good reason. It provides a wonderful insight into splendour and wealth enjoyed by the European courts of yore.

 


Praça do Império
Lisbon
PHONE 21 362 0000

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
Located near the Belém Planetarium, this museum has been a part of the Jerónimos Monastery since 1904. The museum boasts a collection divided into several core subjects, such as archaeology, ethnography, numismatics, latin and pre-latin epigraphy, sculpture, etc. The treasure room is home to an exhibition of important fine jewellery and the Egyptian Antiquities exhibition contains a number of relics from Ancient Egyptian tombs.

 


Largo de Santo António da Sé 24
Lisbon
PHONE 21 886 0447

Date/time:
Every Day

10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
This museum is dedicated to St. Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon. It is located in the house where he is believed to have been born and displays a number of religious icons, books and clothing relating to this most popular of saints.

 


Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1
Lisbon
PHONE 21 882 3470

Date/time:
Every Day

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
No trip to Portugal is complete without sipping on some wine and listening to the local folk music, Fado. A weeping, melancholic style, full of yearning for lost loves and times past. This museum is the perfect chance to learn the history and culture that surrounds the music. Also, the outside atrium is a great place to hear a live Fado show.

 


Avenida 5 de Outubro 6
Lisbon
PHONE 21 354 0823

Date/time:
Tues
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Wed-Sun
10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€3
Situated at the former residence of painter José Malhoa, this house-museum showcases a collection of Chinese porcelain, Portuguese paintings and furniture, jewellery and more. The house itself is an 18th century palace: well worth visiting for the house alone.

 


Estrada do Lumiar 10
Lisbon
PHONE 21 756 7410

Date/time:
Every Day
10:00 am - 06:00 pm


Price 
€3
The National Theatre museum boasts an impressive 260,000 pieces, from costumes to scenery models and plenty more. The museum, founded in 1985, is based in a stunning 18th century palace. There are rotating temporary exhibitions on various subjects, from famous people from the world of show business to some of the lesser known aspects of the wonderful world of theatre.

 


ADDRESS
Lisbon
PHONE 21 771 0990

Date/time:
Tues-Sat

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€2
Come and see European musical instruments dating from as far back as the 16th century. This museum has over 1,000 instruments on display, as well as important iconographical, bibliographical and phonographic sections.

 


Praça do Império
Lisbon
PHONE 21 3620019

Date/time:
Every Day

10:00 am - 06:00 pm (May-Sept) 
10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Oct-Apr)


Price 
€5


The Navy Museum is in Belém , the same area from which Lisbon used to send off its ships on grand voyages. Now, 850 years after the Portuguese Age of Discoveries began, you can return to see models of ships from that era, when Portugal boasted the largest navy in the world, until the ships of today. Ships of all kinds, nautical instruments and historical paintings give you a deep impression of Portugal’s love affair with the sea.

 


Rua do Alviela 12
Lisbon
PHONE 21 810 0215

Date/time:
Mon-Sat

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€2
The only Portuguese museum to be awarded the BLABLA prize, the Water Museum, set in an old industrial something, does a wonderful job of recounting the history and challenges of providing water to Lisbon. On Fridays they offer tours of the 86 metre tall Lisbon aqueduct that illustrates the lengths to which Lisbon had to go to get drinking water to its inhabitants.

 


Rua Primeiro de Maio 101
Lisbon
PHONE 21 3613087

Date/time:
Mon-Sat

10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Price 
€2,50
Perhaps the most iconic image of Lisbon is that of an old, yellow tram driving up a hill. These electric trams have been part of Lisbon since 1901, and at the Carris Museum, you can learn more about the history of public transportation in the city. Carris is one of the public transport companies in the city. Their museum is made up of two main areas, one showing the history of the company and the other presents an exhibition of old electric trams, buses and other machines. The two areas are connected by an old yellow tram.

 


Estrada de Benfica 158
Lisbon
PHONE 21 397 6007

Date/time:
Mon-Fri
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm


Sat-Sun
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€4,5
Located at the Lisbon Zoo, the Children’s Museum is a fun interactive learning experience for children of all ages, from 1-100. Subjects such as history, music and science are presented in amusing and entertaining ways that are designed to develop their cultural and artistic sensibilities.

 


Rua da Esperança 146
Lisbon
PHONE 21 394 2810

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€5
Spend some time getting to know the world of marionettes at this museum. Examples from all over the world are displayed here, with a special focus on Marionette theatre in Portugal. The museum has an area for kids with more entertaining and educational activities.

 


Praça Amoreiras 56
Lisbon
PHONE 21 388 0044

Date/time:
Mon, Wed-Sat

12:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Sun
10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
€3
This museum is dedicated to the works of Arpad Szenes Vieira da Silva and his wife Maria Helena, two 20th century abstract painters who settled in Portugal. The museum is housed in an old silk factory on a lovely square beside an impressive 19th century reservoir. The first floor is a permanent exhibition of the eponymous painters, and the second floor is reserved for temporary exhibitions.

 


Campo Grande 245
Lisbon
PHONE 21 751 3200

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€2
Learn about the history of Lisbon in this 18th century palace. This museum tells the story of the city from pre-historic times until today. The museum has paintings, watercolours, tile panels, historical documents and even a model of the city of Lisbon before the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake.

 


Rua Barata Salgueiro 39
Lisbon
PHONE 21 359 6200

Date/time:
Mon-Sat

02:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Price 
Free
In the centre of Lisbon you can find the Film Museum located in a 19th century building just off the Avenida da Liberdade. In the basement there are two cinemas, on top of which there are temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, archives, a restaurant and a bookshop.

 


Avenida de Brasília
Lisbon
PHONE 21 002 8190

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Price 
Free
On the banks of the Tagus River there is a century-old thermoelectric power plant. This plant used to provide the city with electricity, but today it is a museum of its former days. The machinery is still very much intact and the museum is the site of a number of different exhibitions on things such as alternative energy sources, famous scientists in the field and even some interactive elements.

 


Largo dos Caminhos de Ferro
Lisbon
PHONE 21 884 2516

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Closed 12:00pm-02:00 pm on Weekends

Price 
€2,5 (free on Sun before noon)

Beside the Santa Apolónia train station, in the old armory, is the Military Museum. The exhibitions over 33 rooms cover over 500 years of Lisbon’s military history. Portugal’s history is celebrated though a exhibition of weapons, armour, paintings, sculpture and tiles. The cellars are the site of ever-changing temporary exhibitions.

 


Rua da Escola Politécnica 58
Lisbon
PHONE 21 392 1800

Date/time:
Tues-Fri

10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Sat-Sun
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Closed between 15 November and 21 March

Price 
€5
The National Natural History Museum divides its contents into three categories: Minerals and Geology, Botany, and Zoology and Anthropology. A vast collection from all over the world, years in the making has made this museum a busy research centre for masters and doctorate students. A wonderful place to spread your knowledge of the scientific world.

 


Palácio de Belém
Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
Lisbon
PHONE 21 361 4660

Date/time:
Tues-Sun

10:00 am - 01:00 pm
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Price 
€2,50
Right outside the gates of the Presidential Palace in Belém is the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic, charting Portugal’s history as a republic since 1910. The interactive exhibits make it a pleasure to learn about the historical role of past presidents and see some of the fantastic presents that Portuguese presidents have received from visitors over the years. On Saturdays, the Presidential Palace itself opens up for guided tours.

 


Largo da Ajuda
Lisbon
PHONE 21 363 7095

Date/time:
Thurs-Tues

10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Price 
€5
To get a full sense of the wealth that Portugal once enjoyed, head over to the Ajuda Palace, where the royal family set up their temporary home following the devastating 1755 earthquake. It is decorated with silk, porcelain, crystal and glass – truly a palace fit for a king. Even today, parts of this palace are used for special state receptions.

 


Esplanada D. Carlos
Lisbon
PHONE 21 891 7002

Date/time:
Every Day

10:00 am - 08:00 pm (summer)
10:00 am - 07:00 pm (winter)

Price 
€5
Portugal has had a long, passionate history with the ocean. When it was built, this was the largest aquarium in Europe. The enormous (5,000 cubic meters) tank in the centre houses over 100 species of fish and other marine wildlife. Each corner of the imposing building represents a different oceanic climate (North Atlantic, Antarctic, Indian and Pacific) which can be viewed from above, with the various birds and mammals that inhabit such environments, or from below, where the fish live. Special areas devote themselves to some harder-to-spot fish (including a large number of beautiful and deadly jellyfish) and there are educational areas which serve to inform the public about the sea, its present and its future. Set in the beautiful former EXPO ’98 site (The Park of the Nations), it makes for a great highlight of your Lisbon adventure.

 

 
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