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 is a must for people who like to decorate their house with tiles. The design and colour is varied.  more »
  • The museum cost 5 euros in admission. Now you might be interested in the Portuguese tiles, which are put together into very beautiful and large pictures or not. But the museum also offers even more, namely a beautiful courtyard and a great church worth seeing. These are very easily overlooked. So continue before the staircase to the first floor and traverse the room. You can also visit the café, which is very cheap and you can enjoy your coffee in the leafy courtyard.
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  • We love azulejos , they are such a distinctive part of Portugal, so this was on our 'must visit' list. Absolutely delightful visit. The building is interesting, beautiful, and very much undeveloped. T...  more »
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  • A must-see! The beauty of the building alone is enough to enchant you. This museum holds two nice surprises: the breathtaking church and the internal courtyard oasis adjacent to the cafe that serves delicious cakes and coffee. The whole thing just feels like it's from another era but in a nice way. The tiles are of course interesting and beautiful but this museum has to offer much more than just a simple museum experience. The turtles in the fountain at the garden are hilarious too.
  • Beautiful tiles! Cool history. Accessibility was definitely not an afterthought here. There were tactile exhibitions that allowed you to feel the tile designs and also audio descriptions of several exhibits. Some locations did require stairs to get to them.
  • We went with a six year old and this was not ideal as he got bored quickly. Interesting place, but in hindsight having had only four days in Lisbon we should have gone somewhere more suitable for kids. The bus into town took some time to arrive - they are infrequent, and the area did not feel very safe while waiting for it.
  • A highlights of a recent visit to Lisbon! From the history of tile making in Portugal to contemporary artworks inspired by a national art - we spent a couple of hours here. Didn't use the audioguide, but perhaps we should have done, as sometimes I hoped for more interpretation. A beautiful space for a museum, and some of the tile are incredibly detailed. The Chapel of St. Anthony is especially stunning. In the central courtyard, a conservator was visibly working through collections, which was nice to see. Also a nice leafy courtyard to have a coffee in after our visit.
  • This museum gives a large range of different aspects of the history. It has a wide range of titles produced in Portugal, which is one of the countries main beauty attractions. If you enjoy art or history this museum has a lot of interesting aspects that would be great for you! With the Lisboa Card you get free access to the museum, as well local transport which is great as this location is a tad bit out of the way. To reward you though, the museum also has a wonderful garden and cafe.
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