GoLisbon - Lisbon Tourism Guide
HOME TICKETS AND TOURS

LISBON MUSEUMS

Ancient treasures, masterpieces by the masters, and some singular and offbeat collections



Tile Museum, Lisbon


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.

The Lisboa Card gives free access or reduced admission to most museums.



Top 10 Lisbon Museums


Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
1. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Treasures from the East and the West.

Berardo Museum, Lisbon
2. Berardo Museum - World-class collection of modern art.

Ancient Art Museum, Lisbon
3. Ancient Art Museum - Fascinating Oriental and European art.

MAAT, Lisbon
4. MAAT - Exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture and technology, in an iconic modern building that's also a work of art.

MuDe, Lisbon
5. MuDe - Design and Fashion Museum - One of the world's leading design and fashion collections.

Madre de Deus Convent, Lisbon
6. The Tile Museum - An ancient art form in a lavish old convent.

Coaches Museum, Lisbon
7. Coaches Museum - The world's largest collection of magnificent royal coaches.

Maritime Museum, Lisbon
8. Maritime Museum - The story of Portugal's pioneering role in world exploration.

Orient Museum, Lisbon
9. Orient Museum - Lisbon in Asia. Asia in Lisbon.

Chiado Museum, Lisbon
10. Chiado Museum - Portuguese contemporary art.



Other Museums


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.





Lisbon Travel Planner:


HOTELS

Book your room for free (no booking fees) and pay later at the hotel:

HOTELS SEARCH


APARTMENTS

Central, stylishly furnished, and cheaper than many hotels:

APARTMENTS SEARCH


HOSTELS

Stylish, award-winning budget accommodation in the city center:

HOSTELS SEARCH


AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Skip the long lines for taxis or the hassle of navigating public transportation when you arrive at the airport, and go straight to your hotel:

AIRPORT TRANSFERS


TOURS & TICKETS

Go on a day trip or on an organized tour around Lisbon:

TOURS & TICKETS SEARCH


CAR RENTAL

Planning to travel around Portugal? Save time and look for the best deals here:

CAR RENTAL SEARCH


FREE Lisbon

Lisboa Card

Save time and money: Get FREE or reduced admission to most of Lisbon's attractions and ride the city's metro, buses, and trams for free with the Lisboa Card:

ORDER YOUR CARD


FACEBOOK

Join GoLisbon on Facebook for regular updates on what's happening in the city:

GOLISBON FACEBOOK






Complete Lisbon Travel Guide:


Neighborhoods

Main Streets and Squares

Castles and Palaces

Churches

Monuments

Museums

Modern Architecture and Landmarks

Parks and Gardens

Useful Tips

Eating & Drinking

Accommodation