Lisboa Museums

To get to Lisboa from Cascais or Estoril catch the train to the last stop Cais do Sodré. Buses, cabs, and the Metro to other parts of Lisboa start here.

  • MARITIME MUSEUM (Museu da Marinha):
    Praça do Império, Belém. Tel: +351-21-3620019 Open: 10am-5pm Closed: Mon.  Train station: Belém. Models of boats and ships, Royal boats, instruments of navigation.
  • ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM (Museu Nacional de Arqueológia):
    Praça do Império, Belém. Tel: +351-21-3620000. Open: Tues: 2-6pm Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm. Closed Mon.  Train station: Belém. Prehistoric, Roman, Visigoth, pre-Columbian and Medieval ceramics and coins.
  • COACH MUSEUM (Museu Nacional dos Coches):
    Av da India, 136, Belém Tel: +351-21-3638164. Open: 10am-5.30pm. Closed: Mon.  Train station: Belém. Royal coaches from the 18th and 19th century.
  • ELECTRICITY MUSEUM (Museu da Electricidade):
    Av. Brasilia, Belém. Tel: +351-21-3631646. Open: 10am-12.30pm and 2-5.30pm. Sat: 10am-12.30pm and 2-8pm. Closed Mon/hols.  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)
    Opened recently this modern design building houses exhibitions throughout the year. Located beside the Electricity Museum.
  • WAX MUSEUM (Museu da Cêra):
    Doca de Alcântara, Armazem 2. Tel: +351-21- 3979095. Open: Tues-Sun: 11am-7pm. Closed Mon.
  • MILITARY MUSEUM (Museu Militar):
    Lgo. dos Caminhos de Ferro. Tel: +351-21- 8842569. Open: 10am-5pm. Closed: Mon/hols.  Exhibits of Portuguese military history, light arms, ancient artillery, paintings from the 18th to 20th centuries.
  • MUSEUM OF ANCIENT ART (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga):
    Rua das Janelas Verdes. Tel: +351-21-3912800. Open: Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm and Tues: 2-6pm. 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 and Temptation of St Anthony by Hieronymous Bosch.
  • WATER MUSEUM (Aqueduto das Águas Livres):
    Calçada da Quintinha. Tel: +351-21-8135522. Open: 10am-6pm. Closed Sun/holidays. 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.
  • MUSEUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN (Museu e Jardim Botânico):
    Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58, Príncipe Real. Tel: +351-21-3921800. Open. 9am-6pm. Approximately 4 hectares with 15,000 species, including gymnosperms. Once the richest in Europe for palm trees.
  • CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian):
    Av. de Berna, 45 Tel: +351-21-7823000. Open: 10am-6pm Tues: 2-6pm. Closed: Mon/Holidays.  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.
  • PUPPET MUSEUM (Museu das Marionetas):
    Lg. Rodrigues de Freitas, 19A. Tel: +351-21-8865794. Open: 10am-7pm. Several hundred puppets on display.
  • MUSEUM/CENTRE OF MODERN ART (Museu do Centro de Arte Moderna):
    Rua Dr. Nicolau Bettencourt (in the Gulbenkian Gardens) – Tel: +351-21-7823000. Open: 10am-6pm Tues: 2-6pm. Closed: Mon/Holidays.  Impressive collection of Portuguese and foreign modern paintings, sculpture, design and prints.
    Rua Serpa Pinto, 4. Tel: +351-21-3432148. Open: Tues:2-6pm. Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm. Closed Mon. Paintings and sculptures mostly by Portuguese artists.
  • ST ANTHONY MUSEUM (Museu Antoniano):
    Lgo Stº António da Sé. Tel: +351-21-8860447. Open: 10am-1pm and 2-6pm. 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, 16/18 Tel: +351-21- 3968190. Open: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri: 10am-6pm; Thurs: 1pm-8pm. Closed Sat/holidays. Belongings and works of the famous poet and writer.
    Praça das Amoreiras, 56 Tel: +351-21-3880044. Open: Mon-Sat: noon-8pm. Sun: 10am-6pm. Closed Tues/hols.  Works by Arpad Szenes and Vieira da Silva.
  • JOÃO DE DEUS MUSEUM (Museu João de Deus):
    Av Alvares Cabral, 69, Estrela. Tel: +351-21-3960854. Open: 10am-noon and 2-5pm Closed: Sat/Sun/holidays. Portuguese paintings and sculpture, furniture, books, medals including belongings of the poet João de Deus.
  • MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (Museu dos Instrumentos Musicais):
    Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional, 2nd Floor, Campo Grande Open: 10am-1pm, 2-5pm; Closed Sat/Sun. A large collection of mainly European musical instruments from the 16th and 17th centuries. Special emphasis on Portuguese instruments.
  • NATIONAL TILE MUSEUM (Museu Nacional do Azulejo):
    Rua Madre de Deus, 4 Tel: +351-21-8147747 Open: Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm; Tues: 2-6pm 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.
  • NATIONAL COSTUME MUSEUM (Museu Nacional do Traje):
    Largo Júlio Castilho, 2, Lumiar Tel: +351-21-7590318 Open: 10am-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.
  • MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS (Museu das Artes Decorativas):
    Lg. Portas do Sol, 2 Tel: +351-21-8881991. Open: 10am-5pm Closed Mon. Houses one of the most extensive collections of Portuguese furniture in the country, as well as porcelain, glass and Portuguese silverwork.
  • TRAM MUSEUM (Museu de Carris):
    Rua 1º de Maio, 103. Tel: +351-21-3613087. Open: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm. Closed Sun/hols. Depicts the history of the colourful Lisbon tram.
    At the Centro Cultural de Belém. It displays a collection of modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century with temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
  • MUSEU DO ORIENTE (Museum of the Orient):
    Av. Brasilia, Doca de Alcântara. Open: Wed-Mon: 10am – 6pm. Tel: +351-21-3585200. Train: 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 also temporary exhibitions throughout the year.  A shop is located on the ground floor.