Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

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4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
The vast collection of art housed at Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga includes paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture, drawings, and other decorative arts created between the 15th and 19th centuries. Housed inside a lemon-colored palace from the 17th century, the museum remains one of city's major draws, presenting the evolution of European and Asian art through the ages. Pay special attention to the large panels depicting members of medieval Portuguese society paying respects to St. Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon. This work, attributed to artist Nuno Goncalves, represents one of the first collective portraits in European art. Other museum highlights include masterpieces by Durer, Bosch, Cranach, Raphael, Tintoretto, and Velazquez. Put Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga into our Lisbon vacation trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lisbon.
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  • This is the principal art museum in Lisbon for old masters, native and foreign, and deserves a visit from any art lovers who happen to be in the city. The masterpieces of particular interest are the S...  read more »
  • Excellent collection, the curator of the temporary exhibition is always of excellent quality and produces excellent catalogs. On this visit the restaurant left something to be desired, could have best offer and presentation. The store is good but has a lot of very expensive items, which is not good marketing strategy as I see another bad point: rooms closed for lack of personnel, such as furniture and decorative arts in my visit. I think in cases like this, in that we pay full entry, should be rewarded with a discount on another visit.
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  • We can appreciate paintings, sculptures and decorative arts throughout Europe, from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Among the works we mention Bosch, Dürer, Raphael, Zurbaran and Rembrandt. Not to mention the sculptural works of Rodin. Installed in the Palace of the counts of Alvor can enjoy exceptional views of the Tagus River and the port of Lisbon.
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  • Must see! The museum houses an excellent collection of art from Portugal's past, including its overseas history. The Asian exhibits are truly remarkable!
  • Went there in the early morning and stumbled upon the temporary expedition of Spanish arts. The paintings were extremely nice and the ticket for both temporary and permanent expedition is reasonably priced, around €11~. But you might quickly get bored afterwards due to the amount of Christianity arts throughout the last 800 years being put in one place, with the majority of paintings being jesus, jesus, jesus and more jesus... though the 2nd floor comprising of mostly Asian collections from the age of discoveries changed the mood slightly. Then you go back to more jesus on the 3rd floor. My recommendation? Just buy the temporary expedition and you should have an enjoyable moment and time left for a nata and coffee.
  • Great collection, wonderful garden cafe with view to river.
  • Fantastic museum. Very impressive.
  • The exhibitions are quite good, but the security staff can be a bit over zealous and a bit snob. To the point of telling me how I should appreciate a piece.
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