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Would you like to visit some museums during your stay in Lisbon? Are you thinking about a cultural trip? Here you have our selection of the best 9 museums in Lisbon to enjoy your cultural visit. Lisbon has a large cultural offering, so it was a little bit difficult to decide on just nine.

Some of them have free entry, or at least there are a few days when you can enter for free (on the first Sunday of every month, all the museums are free).

There are some other museums where the entrance is included or you receive a discount with the Lisbon Card.


1-. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

Located in the city center. After a fire in 1988 it was closed, it was then reinaugurated in 1994.The main collection has paintings from between 1850 and 1950. The pieces are distributed through twelve different rooms, each one with a different theme, showing the development from Romanticism to modernism.

The museum also shows some temporary exhibitions by new artists and other activities like: guided tours, conference, seminars, concerts and other educational work.


Adress:  R. Serpa Pinto 4

Price: Free for children up to 12 years.Adult: 4,50 €. Family: 12 €. Senior: 2,25 €

Opening hours: Tueday-Sunday 10:00 a 18:00













2-. Museu da Electricidade

Located in Belém, one of the neighborhoods with the most monuments in the whole city; Torre de Belém, Monasterio de los Jerónimos, etc..

Museu da Electricidade is a multidisciplinary cultural center: science, industrial archeology, big space for exhibitions and a monumental building that doesn´t leave anyone indifferent.

Suitable for all the audiences, the museum has a permanent exhibition where almost all the machinery of the old Central Tejo is exhibited, and temporary exhibitions of different disciplines: photography, science, painting, etc..

It’s a perfect place to go with kids to see the inside of a carbon-based power plant, and learn in its interactive area.


Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598

Price:  From 5€ (Included in Lisboa Card and other discounts)

Opening hours: de 11:00-19:00

Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598

Price:  From 5€ (Included in Lisboa Card and other discounts)

Opening hours: de 11:00-19:00


3-.Museu Do Fado

You will find Museu do Fado in Alfama. It was there where this nostalgic chant (fado) was born.

At the museum, you will learn fado’s history from its origin to nowadays, and how it has been modified by different styles and trends through time.

In the exhibition there are also instruments, sheet music, contracts and photographs to help you contextualize your visit. Taking an audio guide is recommended, so you can understand what are you looking at better.

But it is not only a museum, there are also investigation tasks taking place, seminars and workshops. In 2008, it won an award as one of the best museums in Lisbon.



museums_lisbon_Museu Do Fado

Address:  Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1, 1100-139

Price: 5€ (discounts with Lisboa Card)

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00


4-.Museu do Berardo

Museu do Berardo is a reference point in modern and contemporary art in Lisbon. Located in the Cultural Center in Belém, it has the best collection of contemporary art in the world and, it has been among the 100 most visited museums worldwide.

Its founder, José Manuel Berardo, made lots of money in South Africa thanks to gold extraction. He decided to invest in art and he made his collection public in 1997 with pieces of Warhol, Picasso, Duchamp or Mondrian among others.

The museum also has workshops and other educational activities for children. 


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Address: Praça do Império, 1449-003

Price: 5€ (Reduced price for children and older tan 65. Free with Lisbon Card)

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-19:00


5-.Museu do Etnologia

The Museu do Etonologia founded in 1965 includes the collection from different countries where tools and other material related with rural life in Lisbon are shown. It is outstanding.

You can find pieces of several origins: Angola, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Costa de Marfil, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Indonesia among others.


Address:  Av. da Ilha da Madeira 33

Price: 3€

Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00 Tuesday: 14:00-18:00

museums_lisbon_Museu do Etnologia


 6-.Museu Nacional do Arqueologia

The Museu Nacional do Arqueologia is a state museum that shows the country’s history (the most complete in all of Portugal) and it’s located in a privileged place; one of the wings of Monasterio de los Jerónimos of Belém, the old monks’ bedrooms.

The museum is now the headquarters of the most important archeology investigation center in Lisbon. The collection consists of prehistorical, Roman, Visigoth, Muslim, Egyptian and classical pieces and an area dedicated to Portuguese goldsmiths.



Address:  Praça do Império, 1400

Price: 5€ (discounts to older tan 65. Young ones, families and disabled people. Free with Lisboa Card)

Opening hours:  Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00




 7-. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Located 2km away from city center. This museum has over 2,200 national and international paintings, drawings and sculptures. Among them, El Bosco y Durero, pieces from the XV and XIX centuries and a sculpture from Rodin. They are totally outstanding.

In 2013 the museum had more than 124.000 visits. It was the second most visited museum in the country. Suitable for all the family and with a coffee shop in an amazing terrace with panoramic views of the Tajo river.



Address: R. das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017

Price: 6€ (discounts for older tan 65, families and students)

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday de 10:00-18:00

museums_lisbon_Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga


8-.Museu Calouste Gulbenkian 

Not usually seen on the tourist routes but it is also worth it. Its collection is composed of 6,000 pieces of ancient and modern art, but only 1,000 are shown to the public. The pieces of this exhibition are divided into: oriental and classic art, and European art (Turner, Corot, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir and Degas among other artists) with pieces from the XI to XX centuries.

Its founder Calouste Gulbenkian was an oil tycoon and oriental art lover, which is evident in the collection.

Apart from the pieces that are exhibited, it is worth visiting one of the other attractions: the museum gardens.



Address:  Av. de Berna 45A

Price: 10€ (discounts for students, older tan 65. 20% discount with Lisboa Card)

Openning hours: Wednesday-Monday de 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:30)


museums_lisbon_Museu Calouste Gulbenkian


9-.Museu Nacional del Azulejo

Museu Nacional del Azulejo is one of the best museums in the world in its field. It explains Lisbon´s history through tiles, which are essential in Portuguese architecture and decoration.

The collection contains around 7,000 pieces that contain Spanish, Dutch, English, German, Portuguese and Belgian tiles with different styles exhibited in different rooms.

The museum also exhibits ceramics, engraving and pottery pieces.


Address: Rua da Madre de Deus nº 4

Price: 5€ (discounts for older tan 65 and students. Free with Lisboa Card)

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00

museums_lisbon_Museu Nacional del Azulejo

These are our recommendation of the best 9 museums in Lisbon . Have you already visited any of them? Are you planning to go to any? Leave a comment and tell us!