Museu do Fado / Fado Museum, Lisbon

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Immerse yourself in a Portuguese musical tradition at Museu do Fado / Fado Museum, dedicated to the melancholic song originating from Alfama. Follow Fado's timeline and cultural influence from working-class roots to international status. Check out the audio-visual presentations and a large collection of musical archives, including discs, recordings, posters, a hall of fame, and even a fascinating re-created guitar workshop. You'll have access to multilingual audio guides, including recordings and biographies of Fado contributors. Check ahead of time for live performances, a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Our Lisbon vacation builder makes visiting Museu do Fado / Fado Museum and other Lisbon attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I was so glad to go to this museum with my friend, as it did a great job of explaining and showing the fado genre. I'm a classical musician and fond it fascinating. We spent about an hour there, but y...  more »
  • We had only the faintest knowledge of fado going in, but there was plenty here for us as well as the Portuguese aficionados. While the stars and the history of this unique music style will be unknown ...  more »
  • This museum is a must-see to understand fado. The audio guide is great for not only providing information, but letting you hear multiple pieces of music. I look forward to hearing fado live on my next...  more »
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  • A very niche museum as you can probably guess, it's entirely about the history of Fado. Cost was €5 (€3 for student). Audio guide is included with the ticket, which was great to be honest and reinforces the various artists songs performed across many era's along with providing detailed narratives​ as well.
  • Stop for the Famous, stay for the cafe. The museum is informative and understandably short. The cafe/restaurant is a lovely sun tap away from the wind!
  • This was my first Fado experience, and it was very nice. The food was excellent, but there was some cultural taboos that, as an American, I wish I'd known beforehand. Do not eat during the performances!
  • If you like fado, it's a must...
  • A nice introduction to FADO music.