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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  • This is a reasonable large museum with a nice collection of Portughese and European Art. Jeroen Bosch - Altarpiece, The Temptation of St. Anthony is worth seeing for sure. Portuguese furniture...  more »
  • Huge museum with 3 floors and a lot of paintings from both Portugal and other countries. The entrance is next to the garden overlooking the river. Cheap entrance, and there are 3 levels, most of the....  more »
  • I liked the Museum but the Staff was very disappointing. They did not explain what we should see inside. The ladies in the Reception just give you a small paper. They did not say what is closed or...  more »
  • Absolutely fantastic. .. 5 stars. Amazing. Fantastic. Wonderful.. We were there all day long. Love it...
  • A lot better than expected. So glad we visited. We paid extra for the temporary exhibitions. Staff was friendly and helpful. Had a delicious Portuguese lunch in the restaurant.
  • It's a very nice museum with a few masterpieces and many different types of art. It portraits a great deal of the Portuguese history as well. Definitely a must go for old art and history lovers but beware it can get a bit mazy.
  • A must see. I was pleased but then surprised when I saw no queue at the ticket office on a Sunday afternoon. The museum will bring you in the atmosphere of old Lisbon, a fascinating trip into old times while walking among furniture, ceramics, silver and other gems. The written explanations are informative and in some cases implemented by extra materials, such as videos, boards etc. In average I'd plan 2h for the visit (or more if you're a museum geek like me). The gardens outside are very nice and there's also a café.
  • This is a very nice museum. At first we wanted to visit another one. But it was closed that day. We didn't regret it. It was a good mixture between paintings, porcelain and furniture. It is quite big. But the restaurant is more or less a cantina

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