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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  • August 18, 2017
    We heard some Fado the previous night and this was a great opportunity to learn some more about the development of the music and what it has meant in Portugal over the last 150 years. Lots of opportun...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I was in Lisbon for two weeks. Ive seen a lot of museums there which were all great. I must say though this one was my favourite. I like that you can look at the different historical artifacts and lis...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The Museum (if you go on Sunday mornings or holidays is free) okay, is beautiful and entertaining... the audioguide is also included. But I miss a more specific order, more extension of the history of fado and more paper of great artists. In the Auditorium had put film Fado and we were quite some time seeing it, but I repeat that something is missing to be more complete.
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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.

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