Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

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Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, Museu Nacional do Azulejo showcases tiles dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in ceramic tile work or in learning more about a specialty of the region, take the time to visit this museum. Step inside and discover azulejo--the painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tiles. The Moors brought this craft to Portugal, where it has become an essential part of the country's culture. It's typically seen in churches, palaces, homes, and even railway stations. Explore the colorful, decorative exhibits that chronicle historical and cultural events in Portugal throughout the last several centuries. Make Museu Nacional do Azulejo a centerpiece of your Lisbon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lisbon trip planning app .
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  • This museum is full of an overview of Portuguese tilework. The building was a former convent, and there is still a chapel with ornate gold work inside. The layout was a little confusing, but we were a...  more »
  • The place is really beautiful. The building itself has a really nice architecture and garden. You can see real art on the tiles and beautiful recreations of important moments of Christian and Portugue...  more »
  • Don't miss this place that is a major part of Lisbon history and culture. We easily found it by regular bus from Praça do comercio. It's located in an old convent founded by Queen Leonor in 1509. The ...  more »
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  • Great museum with loads of really amazing tiles. The church inside it is something else --- totally over the top decor. The panorama of Lisbon before the earthquake in tiles is amazing. Also some of the more modern pieces are really good and a nice contrast to the traditional ones. Not too costly which is good.
  • One of the most impressive places to visit if you like or appreciate art work. Great collection of tiles depicting religious scenes, daily life of the era and other artistic designs. The tickets are reasonably priced and I found it well worth the money.
  • One of the best museums I've ever been to. If you have any interest in ceramics then don't miss this museum. It covers all periods of Portuguese ceramics and presents them beautifully. The former convent also has one of the most beautiful chapels I've seen. Admission is an extremely reasonable 5€ or 2.50€ for seniors. Even if ceramics aren't your thing, if you like art museums this is a don't miss stop in Lisbon!
  • This museum is a great way to learn about the history of Portuguese tile making, so important to Portuguese culture. My family and I (kids and adults) had a lot of fun at a tile decorating class (call ahead or talk to the receptionist, if you arrive early). I would recommend downloading the free app (available for Android and Apple devices) ahead of time. The link to the app may be found in the Museum's website or type the name of the museum (in Portuguese) in the respective app store. After downloading the app, open it to download content in your preferred language (English or Portuguese).
  • An amazing and very educational experience! There was also a lovely restaurant in the middle with a wide open and really green eating space outdoors. The tiles themselves were stupendous!
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