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: 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 that truly impresses. Visitors enter through the Low Pressure Boiler Room, the cathedral-like generating hall. The vintage machinery – steam turbines, furnaces, consoles and piping – is all original and imaginatively lit. The lower level conceals an excellent museum that chronicles the discovery of electricity, with a section devoted to the work of Michael Faraday, who pioneered the development of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. An inter-active exhibition aimed at youngsters allows budding scientists to take part in an array of hands-on experiments that are great fun and wholly educative. In complete contrast to the theme of the museum, the building also hosts a regular series of contemporary art exhibitions and installations.
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: One of Lisbon's more unusual museums, this was once one of the city's principal sources of electricity, and lit up the Portuguese capital for more than four decades. Built over various phases between... Read More
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: One of Lisbon's more unusual museums, this was once one of the city's principal sources of electricity, and lit up the Portuguese capital for more than four decades. Built over various phases between 1908 and 1951, the Central Tejo power station became a museum in 1990, and was upgraded with extra facilities in 2006. The permanent exhibition is the building itself, the industrial architecture and the heavy machinery that generated the power needed to illuminate homes and businesses. But the museum also acts as a multidisciplinary cultural centre, regularly hosting exhibitions of art, photography and sculpture, as well as staging performing arts. Conferences and workshops are also held here. The location is wonderful: the building is near Belém, and overlooks the River Tagus.