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 truly wonderful museum. Set in an old convent already highly decorated with tiles. They have transformed the building into a valuable and fascinating centre of display. From the... 
    This is a truly wonderful museum. Set in an old convent already highly decorated with tiles. They have transformed the building into a valuable and fascinating centre of display. From the...  more »
  • I think you need to like ceramic tiles to pay a visit here. As my wife paints them, this was a top place to visit for her. As some other reviewers have said, there are a lot here. It's slightly out... 
    I think you need to like ceramic tiles to pay a visit here. As my wife paints them, this was a top place to visit for her. As some other reviewers have said, there are a lot here. It's slightly out...  more »
  • It was interesting, but I would have preferred to have some more information on how tiles were made or the history. There is a limit to how many tiles you can look at. For me the highlight was the... 
    It was interesting, but I would have preferred to have some more information on how tiles were made or the history. There is a limit to how many tiles you can look at. For me the highlight was the...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience. Forget the modern art! The beauty and Portugal history is embodied in the amazing blue and white porcelain tile scenes. A truly amazing experience and especially with the church, don't miss it at upper and lower level. Humbling!
  • Well it is a museum. For tiles. It was definitely not for me and i had the least fun ever! If you are not in for that kind of history you do not have to visit. The best part of the museum is the garden and the cafe. Refreshing beer, delicious sandwiches. Note: the woman in the reception was aware of us waiting, but she kept talking on the phone.
  • Way above my expectations! It's beautiful and bears so much history. On top of that, it has such a nice staff. It's important to note that they close for lunch and if you want to really enjoy the visit, you'll spend some hours. So either bring some snacks or prepare to eat at the supermarket (Lidl) or wait on the line for the restaurant inside. There are almost no other restaurants close by.
  • The church in this museum is outstanding! The detail, the intricacy, the carvings, the paintings, the atmosphere. Feels very sacred and revered. Make sure you go to the church around 5.30pm when there is barely anyone in there and you can get amazing photos.
  • The MNAz is sensational! It presents the history of the tiles in Portugal, and also brings a great collection of modern and contemporary art made in tiles. The exhibitions and installations have a pleasant flow. There is a beautiful garden cafe inside. The church is definitely amazing. It is a place to spend the whole afternoon. Congratulations to the museum curator! A must-see in Lisbon!

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