Lisbon’s Top Museums: A Collection of Culture in the City



 

Museums in Lisbon number some of the city’s most popular cultural attractions. Among these is the celebrated Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, located near Praça de Espãnha, where over 6,000 individual exhibits are housed. The collection of valuable and historic artefacts related to the history of pharmacy and world health at the Museu da Farmácia, near Chiado, make this a particularly unusual Lisbon museum. Meanwhile, in Santos, you’ll find the stunning Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. This is Portugal’s national gallery and houses the largest collection of Portuguese paintings in the country. In nearby Alcântara stands the excellent Museu do Oriente. Here, the exhibition highlights Portugal’s presence in the Far East. A relatively new addition to Lisbon’s cultural scene is the Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade. Housed in a former prison facility near the cathedral, the permanent exhibition chronicles the rise of fascism in Portugal and the subsequent struggle for freedom and democracy. The world’s most comprehensive collection of horse-drawn coaches and carriages can be appreciated at the Museu Nacional dos Coches in Belém. Back in Lisbon’s Baixa (downtown) district, a tour of the quirky Hospital de Bonecas includes a visit to the doll’s museum, a display that numbers thousands of figurines, some very rare. The Museu de São Roque is certainly worth a look for its valuable sacred art. Similarly, the amazing assortment of ancient tiles and ceramics displayed at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo justifies the jaunt east out of the city centre towards Parque das Nações. And for a free-to-enter treat, allow a good hour to explore the electric industry themed Museu da Electricidade, located in Belém.  

 




A decommissioned early 20th-century electricity generating station has been transformed in to one of Lisbon's most original and fascinating museums. The building itself is a beautiful example of industrial architecture, but it's the interior...  Read More




The only museum in Portugal dedicated to the azulejo, the decorative tile, this superb cultural facility is set in and around the beautiful cloisters of the Convento da Madre de Deus, founded in 1509. The collection showcases the evolution of...  Read More




Best combined with a visit to the stunningly decorated adjoining church, which is free to enter, the São Roque museum houses an interesting collection of scared art that includes standout pieces from the orient – the Middle East, India, Japan...  Read More




One of the most unusual visitor attractions in Lisbon, the Hospital de Bonecas really is a hospital for toy dolls, where all kinds of damaged figurines made in all sorts of materials can be repaired or restored to their original condition. ...  Read More




The Museu Nacional dos Coches – National Coach Museum – holds the largest collection of historic coaches and carriages in the world, and is certainly the finest museum of its kind in Europe. The coaches, comprising state and promenade...  Read More




The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom stands as a grim reminder of Portugal's oppressive dictatorship under Salazar. Housed within the former Aljube political prison, the museum is as much a memorial to the victims of imprisonment and...  Read More


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The Orient Museum's permanent collection, exhibited under the banner 'Portuguese Presence in Asia – Heritage. Memory. Collections' brings together a rare and priceless cache of artefacts from Eastern Europe, the Far East and Indian...  Read More


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Portugal's national gallery houses the largest collection of Portuguese 15th- and 16th-century paintings in the country, but this revered museum is also home to a glittering array of European art from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century....  Read More




Showcasing one of the most surprising and remarkable exhibitions in the city, the Museu da Farmácia (Pharmacy Museum) chronicles Portuguese pharmaceutical history and the wider theme of global pharmacy and health. The result is multi-faceted...  Read More




The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has one of the finest collections of art in Europe. There are over 6,000 individual pieces displayed here, exhibits that span over 4,000 years, from Antiquity to the 19th century. Incredibly, they all used to belong...  Read More


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Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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