As expected in a great European capital, Lisbon has a wealth of excellent museums, from the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum to the outstanding Ancient Art Museum, and the more recent and acclaimed Design and Fashion Museum.
There are dozens of public and private collections, many housed in former palaces and convents that would be worth a visit even without their museum displays. That's the case of the Tile Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum, where visitors end up spending much more time than they anticipate.
Other museums have some of the world's most valuable collections of their kind, like the Coaches Museum and the Maritime Museum in the Belem district, also home to the Archaeology Museum and the lavish collection inside Ajuda Palace.
For contemporary Portuguese art there's the Chiado Museum and the Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva Museum, both featuring works by the country's most prominent artists.
Also look for the Berardo Museum, with its jaw-dropping collection of modern art by the great international artists (from Warhol to Picasso) and the neighboring MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
Spaces particularly linked to the city of Lisbon are the Lisbon Museum, the Fado Museum, and the award-winning Water Museum.
There are also two extraordinary private art collections that are often overlooked but worthy of a visit for admirers of decorative arts, the Anastácio Gonçalves Museum, and the Medeiros e Almeida Museum.
Several churches are also home to small but noteworthy collections, like Carmo Church's eclectic archaeological museum, São Roque Church's rich sacred art collection, and Saint Anthony Church's exhibits about the life of the revered saint that was born on the site -- all of them reminding you that Lisbon itself is a museum-piece of history, ruins and treasures.
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1. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Treasures from the East and the West.
2. Berardo Museum - World-class collection of modern art.
3. Ancient Art Museum - Fascinating Oriental and European art.
4. MAAT - Exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture and technology, in an iconic modern building that's also a work of art.
5. MuDe - Design and Fashion Museum - One of the world's leading design and fashion collections.
6. The Tile Museum - An ancient art form in a lavish old convent.
7. Coaches Museum - The world's largest collection of magnificent royal coaches.
8. Maritime Museum - The story of Portugal's pioneering role in world exploration.
9. Orient Museum - Lisbon in Asia. Asia in Lisbon.
10. Chiado Museum - Portuguese contemporary art.
Archaeology Museum - Archaeological finds from over the centuries.
The Lisbon Museum - The story of Lisbon's long history.
Decorative Arts Museum - A captivating decorative arts collection.
Anastácio Gonçalves Museum - A phenomenal personal decorative arts collection.
Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva Museum - The gallery of two great 20th-century artists.
Interactive Science Museum - Scientific exhibits with cutting-edge technology.
Carmo Church's Archeological Museum - Fascinating archaeological finds.
São Roque Church's Sacred Art Museum - Ecclesiastical treasures.
The Aqueduct and Mãe de Agua Water Museum - An indestructible feat of engineering.
Saint Anthony Church and Museum - Saint Anthony's life story in his birthplace.
Fado Museum - The story of the national music.
Military Museum - A testament to the country's battles.
The Roman Theater and Museum - Archaeological finds of an ancient Roman theater.
Marionette Museum - Lovely collection of puppets from around the world.
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