Lisbon's exceptional Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums of 20th-century design and several critics see its collection as the best in Europe.
It opened in 1999 in the Belem Cultural Center and closed in August 2006 only to reopen in a new space in 2009.
It was renamed the Design and Fashion Museum or simply MuDe (which also means "change" in Portuguese), and now also includes Portuguese businessman Francisco Capelo's fashion collection made up of 1200 couture pieces, including a famous Jean Desses gown that Renee Zellweger wore to the 2001 Oscars and Christian Dior's landmark 1947 New Look.
The design collection consists of works by some 230 designers representing trends in design from around the world. There are pieces by design icons such as Phillipe Starck, Charles Eames, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Henningsen, Vener Panton, Masanori Umeda, Henning Koppel, and Tom Dixon, and includes almost 200 design classics embracing innovative furnishings, glass, and jewelry from 1937 to the present.
In total it's 1000 design objects and over 1200 pieces of fashion by famous names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Yves Saint Laurent.
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When: Open everyday except Mondays; 10AM-8PM (10PM on Fridays and Saturdays)
Where: Rua Augusta, 24
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Municipal Square - Home of the City Hall palace.
Conceição Velha Church - Church that survived the Great Earthquake.
Santa Justa Elevator - An Eiffel Tower-like landmark with views over the city.
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Rua das Portas de Santo Antão - Pedestrian street lined with seafood restaurants.
Rossio Station - A monumental train station.
Restauradores Square - Large busy square.
Avenida da Liberdade - The city's main avenue.
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