Best Museums in Lisbon

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Best Museums in Lisbon

Lisbon is home to over 30 museums, both big and small. Aside from collections of European and Portuguese artwork, Lisbon museums showcase a wide range of historical and cultural items, including design collections, royal coaches, archeological finds, science and technology, Fado music memorabilia, marionettes, and various religious artifacts.

Housed in former convents, castles or mansions, Lisbon museums are often included in guided tours, particularly those located within the city. The Lisboa Card, managed by the tourism office, sometimes offers free or reduced tickets to these museums. You’re lucky if you plan to go on a museum-hop on a Sunday, since many museums have free admission on Sunday mornings. And with the help of your local host, your day at the museum will be even more informative!

Top Local Museum Tours in Lisbon

Illuminati Tour: Secrets & Symbols in Lisbon


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Lisbon Like a Local Private Walking Tour


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Art Gallery Tour - Discover the New Art Scene


€15.00 p.p.

Top 10 Museums in Lisbon

  • Berardo Museum (Praça do Império, Belem) – Local and international modern art.
  • Coaches Museum (Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, 3 Euros) – Houses the world’s largest collection of royal coaches from the 17th to 19th century.
  • The Tile Museum (R. Madre de Deus, 2.25 Euros) – Located in an old convent, this museum features majestic tile painting and other tile-related art form from the 15th century to present.
  • Chiado Museum (Rua Serpa Pinto, 3 Euros) – Contemporary Portuguese artwork from 1820 up to this day, including Columbano and Almada Negreiros.
  • National Art Museum (Rua das Janelas Verdes, 3 Euros) – Various art collection from the 12th to 19th century.
  • National Costume Museum (Largo Júlio Castilho, 3 Euros) – Over 30,000 costumes from the 14th to 19th centuries.
  • Puppet Museum ( Rua de Esperança. 2.50 Euros) – In honor of Portuguese puppet theater and doll collections from around the world.
  • National Museum of Archaeology (Praça do Império, 3 Euros) – Collection of Portuguese archeological finds from various eras since the prehistoric time.
  • Fado House and Portuguese Guitar Museum (Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 2.50 Euros) – Everything about Fado’s history and collection of Portuguese guitars.
  • Design Museum (Centro Cultural Belém, 15 Euuros) – One of Europe’s biggest design collections with over 200 items collected by Francisco Capelo.

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Jorge hat uns in einer ganz besonderen Tour sein Lissabon gezeigt. Wir waren 10 Leute und ich hatte auch noch meinen 50ten Geburtstag - also entsprechend aufgeregt. Doch er hat geduldig all unsere Fragen beantwortet und für besondere Momente gesorgt, wie Fado in der Bar eines Freundes, ein spezielles Geschenk zu meinem Geburtstag von einem befreundeten Künstler und vieles mehr, was man einfach nicht so erlebt. Wir haben es alle sehr genossen 👍

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Charming Historical Tour in Alfama

Its obvious from spending time with Bruno on this walk in Lisbon/Alfama that he really loves the city. We felt like we got to know the streets around where we were staying very well and got lots of information and stories from him about the history of Lisbon. He took us to some great locations and we climbed up to the heights of the city (and hardly noticed it - honestly). We chatted as well about modern Portugual, some traditional customs and the current political and economic situation in Portugal. we found ourselves referring to some of the information later in our holiday. You get more than just a tour with Bruno, we enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend him.

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Lisbon Food Tour: The 10 Tastings

Silvia is a fantastic tour guide, very pleasant and cheerful. She knows everything about the traditional food and the history of her city and speaks very good English.
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 girls. One of our girls is a vegetarian. Silvia picked us up right at our apartment in Alfama. She customized the length of the tour perfectly for us and we visited some great little restaurants. She even prepared the fish for the girls by removing the bones herself. After the tour we got her Whatsapp number and she was always ready to answer any questions we might have.

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Top 3 Must-Visit Museums in Lisbon

  • Chiado Museum – In the national gallery of contemporary art, you can find Portuguese paintings, sculptures and exhibitions depicting Romanticism to Modernism. It houses Rodin’s “The Bronze Age,” Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro’s self-portrait, and Portuguese modernist Almada Negreiros’ art deco diptychs. While the Chiado Museum is closed on Mondays, it opens its doors Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm.
  • The Tile Museum – Featuring the only collection of its kind in the world, this museum showcases the art of azulejo with many tile artworks from the past 5 centuries. The highlight of the museum is a 1300-piece blue and white tile composition of Lisbon’s cityscape, which is Portugal’s longest tile piece. Free admission is possible with the Lisboa Card. It is closed on Mondays, open from 2pm to 6pm on Tuesdays, and from 10am to 6pm every Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Coaches Museum – One of the most visited museums in Lisbon, this unique museum has many of the coaches used by the old Portuguese elite since the 18th century. The carriages are made with luxurious elements, including sculpted wood, blocks of gold, velvet seats, and more. Except for Mondays, the museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily.