The national gallery of contemporary art
Redesigned by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, this museum
specializes in 19th and 20th century Portuguese contemporary art.
The permanent collection is displayed in thematic exhibitions, with paintings and sculpture illustrating the development from Romanticism to Modernism. Most of the works are Portuguese, with a few international pieces including French sculpture from the late 19th century and some works by Rodin.
Rodin's masterpiece The Bronze Age so realistically depicts a naked man clasping a spear, that he was accused of taking a cast from the model. Other engaging exhibits include a self-portrait by Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro and two art deco diptychs by Portuguese modernist Almada Negreiros.
Temporary exhibitions are held in a separate room, and there's a good cafe (accessible not just to those visiting the museum) looking onto a pleasant garden and terrace with a view over Lisbon. It is recommended for brunch, especially on Sundays when entrance to the museum is free until 2PM.
Get FREE admission to the museum and ride Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for free with the Lisboa Card.
How to Visit
Carlos Theater - The city's La Scala-inspired opera house.
Carmo Church - Romantic Gothic ruins evocative of the Great Earthquake.
São Roque Church - Home of the world's most expensive chapel
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara - A garden with a panoramic view over the city.
Camões Square - A busy square and meeting place between Chiado and Bairro Alto.
Principe Real - Charming leafy square.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina - A terrace and cafe with a view.
Botanical Garden - An enchanting botanical garden.