Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

4.5
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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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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  • We loved this museum! Wonderful examples of the beautiful Lisbon tiles spanning centuries and giving a great overview of the developing styles and techniques! Covid-safe, clearly marked route...  more »
  • Very well laid out, informative and interesting, in Portuguese and English. Great value for money. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • When we went their we feel so amazing begging point excellent describe about Portugal history and so many historic tiles on the wall. Very old building but strong & lovely place. One of my...  more »
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  • Surprisingly interesting and well laid out museum of ceramic tiles. Informative displays in themed galleries showing how important tiled pictures have been in Portuguese history. From early times when design.ideas and ceramic techniques were brought from China to more recent times. Puts into context the wide variety of and extensive use of tiling on buildings around Lisbon. As a bonus there is a very pleasant cafe as well.
  • This place feels packed with interesting stuff. Both the building and the exhibits provide plenty to keep you occupied. Technicians are actively restoring tiles, making it clear that the organization isn't standing still. It's a bonus that the museum has a fantastic map which provides an easy-to-follow route through the history.
  • What an amazing place, great value for money (€5 per adult), a very decent family discount (50% for a family of 6 I think) and the place is huge. So much to see, it's split over 3 floors and what seems to be 2 adjoining buildings (although probably just one) and its very well laid out, just the right amount of information with lots to demonstrate how tiles were and are made with tactile things. Plus it's all wheelchair accessible (all three floors) with ramps at every step and braille on most or all information signs. It is also very well set up for children, lots to see and touch and it also looks like you might be able to book kids in for activities as there were young teenagers painting tiles whilst we were there and they had areas set up fit it. We were really impressed.
  • Beautiful setting and nice exhibit. Place is a bit run down and when we went garden was under maintenance and shop was closed because of lack of staff. But nice outing. If you like tiles.
  • Tiles have a long history and tradition in Portugal. Although walking through the streets of the old Lisbon is sufficient to see so many beautiful tiles, this museum takes us to a time travel to the origins of this craft and displays a wide variety of pieces, small to the size of a finger and big to cover entire walls. I spent nearly three hours to see everything in detail and it became one of my favorite cultural places in the city.

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