National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon

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The vast collection of art housed at National Museum of Ancient Art 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum of Ancient Art and many more Lisbon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lisbon itinerary maker site.
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  • Largest collection of Portuguese and European Art I have seen in Lisbon, Portugal 🇵🇹 . Great works on display from Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Younger and many others. I enjoyed the... 
    Largest collection of Portuguese and European Art I have seen in Lisbon, Portugal 🇵🇹 . Great works on display from Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Younger and many others. I enjoyed the...  more »
  • A welcome respite from the exhausting 35 degree heat of an August afternoon, this charming and peaceful museum was simply wonderful. Like most comprehensive art museums, it tended towards... 
    A welcome respite from the exhausting 35 degree heat of an August afternoon, this charming and peaceful museum was simply wonderful. Like most comprehensive art museums, it tended towards...  more »
  • A beautiful museum on the outside with an interesting collection on the inside. During our visit they had a special exhibition with the history of board games such as chess, which was very... 
    A beautiful museum on the outside with an interesting collection on the inside. During our visit they had a special exhibition with the history of board games such as chess, which was very...  more »
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  • We spent a rainy morning in Lisbon at this museum last week. Staffing was low, but their volunteers stepped in to make sure things ran smoothly for visitors. We had a one on one introduction to the museum from one of the volunteers and proceeded through the open exhibits. The variety of items on display was impressive and there were great summaries and histories listed. We decided to have lunch at the cafe and were there about 15 minutes before it opened. The man working the counter suggested we walk in their garden and they would be ready soon. He came out to tell us when they were open, and then took the greatest care to place every item on our plate. He arranged everything as if it were a high end restaurant. I know how odd that must sound, but he truly took great pride and care in the smallest details. It was good food at a reasonable price too. Highly recommend the museum and cafe!
  • No stars! Terrible customer service! The card reader was not working so it was cash only. "That's fine" I said, "can you tell me where the nearest ATM machine is?" The woman at the desk - who spoke very good English so understood my question - shrugged. I walked to an ATM (after searching online) and returned with a €20 note, which was "too large" a note as apparently there was no change at the museum, so I couldn't have a ticket. At this point, most other museum staff would have just let me in, apologetically, as this was their inconvenience. But no, I had to leave again, buy some unwanted food at a local cafe and then return with the exact change. My main reason for visiting the museum was to see the Japanese Screens. When I finally was able to buy a ticket, at no point did any member of staff alert me to the fact that the entire floor the screens were on was closed. When I discovered I could not see the screens, I went to the front desk to complain and ask for a refund, as I would not have bought a ticket had I known this exhibit was closed. The staff were incredibly rude, not remotely apologetic about not alerting me and they were very defensive, basically shrugging and offering no explanation, apology or - crucially - refund. Literally the worst experience I have ever had in a museum in my life.
  • The museum inside is beyond any competition. Take enought time for it's garden with many trees marked with name and origin tags. The view from the garden is mostly industrial. The restaurant of the museum offers serious food choices - it supposed us with freshness. Service is great too. Many thanks to all people in the staff.
  • It is such an underrated museum, I hadn't heard much about it beforehand but what a joy it was to visit. So much to see and learn about. A must for any history/art lover. Truly brilliant!
  • If you enjoy art, I suggest dedicating time to level three. We only had 1.5 hours to spend here, and I wish we would have started on level three. Staff are helpful.

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