Family-friendly museums in Lisbon number some of the city’s most celebrated cultural institutions. They also include smaller, more specialised visitor attractions and one or two specially refurbished buildings and industrial complexes. The impressive Museu do Electricidade in Belém is a perfect example where a former power station has been transformed in to an award-winning museum. Lisbon’s Lapa district is home to the Museu da Marioneta, a quirky puppet museum. Kids will also be enthralled by the Pavilhão do Conhecimento-Ciência Viva in Parque das Nações. This interactive adventure playground teaches youngsters (and grownup) all about science in a playful and educative way. The underground D. Dinis Wall and Interpretation Centre in the Baixa reveals city life as it was in the 13th century while at nearby MUDE the emphasis is on fashion and design. Both will fascinate young minds. Again in Belém is the delightful Museu de Marinha where the collection includes fantastic scale model ships. The decorative tiles on display at Museu Nacional do Azulejo will no doubt appeal to older children while youngsters into football should take their parents over to Benfica and the Museu Benfica Cosme Damião, a unique museum that pays homage to Benfica football club, complete with a hoard of silverware. Back in the city, the excellent Museu do Oriente is best appreciated by mature family groups, and everyone will have fun admiring the ceramic caricatures and cartoons exhibited at the Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Museum.
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