Lisboa Museums

To get to Lisboa from Cascais or Estoril take the train to the last stop Cais do Sodré. Buses, cabs, and the Metro to other parts of Lisboa start here. Please note that the last entry to some museums is about half an hour before the stated closing time.

  • MARITIME MUSEUM (Museu da Marinha):
    Praça do Império, Belém. Tel: +351-21-3620019 Open: 10am-5pm Closed: Mon.  Train station: Belém. Models of boats, ships, Royal barges, instruments of navigation.
  • ELECTRICITY MUSEUM (Museu da Electricidade):
    Av. Brasilia, Central Tejo. Belém, Lisbon. Tel: +351-21-0028130. Open: 10am-7pm.  Closed Tuesdays.  Train station: Belém. A former generating station on the bank of the river built at the beginning of the century.
  • MAAT (Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia)
    A modern design building which houses exhibitions throughout the year. Located beside the Electricity Museum.
  • COACH MUSEUM (Museu Nacional dos Coches):

    Av da India, 136, Belém Tel: +351-21-0492400. Open: 10am-6pm. Closed Mon.  Train station: Belém. A fascinating collection of coaches including smaller ones for children and the grand ones for royals, from the 18th and 19th century.
  • MUSEUM OF POPULAR ART/NATIONAL ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM (Museu de Arte Popular/Museu Nacional de Etnologia):
    Located in-between the Belem Tower and Discoveries Monument. Continuing in May 2023 there is an exhibition of Portuguese Basketry – a collection of traditionally woven baskets and other historical items having various uses, all beautifully displayed in 3 rooms. Av. Brasilia, 202. Tel: +351-213011282. Open: Wed – Fri: 10am to 6pm. Sat-Sun: 10am to 1pm and 2-6pm.
  • MUSEUM OF ANCIENT ART (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga):
    Rua das Janelas Verdes. Tel: +351-21-3912800. Open: 10am-6pm. Closed Tuesday. Displays Portuguese art (mainly paintings, ceramics and some furniture) from the 11th to 19th century. Items to look for include the panels of São Vicente de Fora.
  • MUSEUM OF THE ORIENT (Fundação – Museu do Oriente):
    Av. Brasilia, Doca de Alcântara Norte. Tel: +351-21-3585200. Open daily:  10am – 6pm (Friday to 8pm).  Train stop: Alcântara. Opened in 2008 it has some of the best collections of art and artefacts from Asia reflecting the 500 year trading links between Portugal and the Far East.  There are temporary exhibitions throughout the year.  A shop is located on the ground floor.
  • PUPPET MUSEUM (Museu da Marioneta):
    Convento das Bernardas, Rua da Esperança, No. 146. Tel: +351-21-3942810. Open: Tues-Sun. 10am-6pm. Closed Monday.  Several hundred puppets on display as well as other exhibitions.
  • TRAM MUSEUM (Museu de Carris):
    Rua 1º de Maio, 101-103. Tel: +351-21-3613087. Open: Mon-Sat: 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Closed Sun/hols. Depicts the history of the colourful Lisbon tram.
  • NATIONAL TILE MUSEUM (Museu Nacional do Azulejo):
    Rua Madre de Deus, 4. Tel: +351-21-8100340.  Open: Tues-Sun: 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm. Closed Mon. Traces the development of Portuguese tile making from its Moorish roots to the present day. A former convent built by Queen Leonor. Different types of tile panels. Also a church and chapel adjoining.
  • CHIADO MUSEUM (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea Museu do Chiado):
    Rua Serpa Pinto, 4. Tel: +351-21-3432148. Open: Tues – Sun: 10am – 1pm and 2pm-6pm.  Closed Mon. Paintings and sculptures mostly by Portuguese artists.
  • ST ANTHONY MUSEUM (Museu Antoniano):
    Largo Stº António da Sé, 22. Tel: +351-21-8860447. Open: 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm. Closed: Mon/Hols.  Works from the 17th century on the life of St Anthony, patron saint of Lisbon. Church next door.
    Rua Coelho da Rocha, 18.  Tel: +351-21- 3913270. Open: Tues-Sun: 10am-6pm.  Closed Monday. Belongings and works of the famous poet and writer Fernando Pessoa.
  • LISBON BOTANICAL GARDEN & MUSEUM  (Museu Nacional de Historia Natural e Jardim Botânico):
    Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58-60.  Príncipe Real. Tel: +351-21-3921808. Open: Apr-Sept: 10am-8pm and Oct-Mar: 10am – 5pm. Closed Monday.   Approximately 4 hectares with 15,000 species, including gymnosperms.
  • CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian):
    Av. de Berna, 45A.  Tel: +351-21-7823000. Open: 10am-6pm.  Closed Tuesday.  The collection of the oil billionaire, who died in Lisbon in 1955 includes Egyptian, Islamic, Greco-Roman, Oriental works of art, books, coins, textiles, etc. Also a fabulous collection of works by French jeweller René Lalique.
    Rua Viriato, 25B.  A collection of various art works by famous British street artist Bansky. Open weekdays: 1pm – 8pm. Weekends/holidays: 11am – 8pm.
  • NATIONAL COSTUME MUSEUM (Museu Nacional do Traje):
    Largo Júlio Castilho, 2, Lumiar Tel: +351-21-7567620.  Open: 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Closed: Mon.  Located beside the National Theatre Museum. One of the best organized and more interesting exhibitions in the city, if you’re interested in mainly 19th/20th century clothing and fashion.
  • MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS (Museu Nacional das Artes Decorativas Portuguesas):
    Largo Portas do Sol, 2 Tel: +351-21-8814600. Open: 10am-5pm. Closed Tues. Houses one of the most extensive collections of Portuguese furniture in the country, as well as porcelain, glass and Portuguese silverwork.
  • WATER MUSEUM (Aqueduto das Águas Livres):
    Calçada da Quintinha. Tel: +351-21-8100215. Open: 10am-5.30pm. Closed Monday. Construction began in 1732. In 1748 water from neighbouring areas was pumped into Lisbon and distributed to various outlets and fountains. An impressive piece of engineering.