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National Tile Museum, Lisbon

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Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, National Tile Museum 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Tile Museum by using our Lisbon travel itinerary planner.
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  • A beautiful and breathtaking museum that houses the history of tile and showcases this extremely beautiful form of art. The museum is filled with this Portuguese treasure and is extremely interesting ...  more »
  • Tile is one of the two most important symbol of Lisbon. This museum shows tiles of the country for more than 6 centries. Here you can see very traditional tiles and some new designs. The chapel and ga...  more »
  • I'll be honest, I find museums boring, but this place was excellent. Having seen so many tiles around Portugal during our week here, it was great to see the actual history behind them, the different t...  more »
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  • There were 3 cruise ships in port the day we wandered around Belem and we decided not to stand in many hour long lines to see the tower or monastery so we went to find the Azulejo (Tile) Museum. We were hoping it was not going to be crowded like the other attractions in Lisbon and listed as excursions from the cruise ships. Thankfully it is not! We took the bus and had a bit of a time figuring out where to get off and did get off way past and had to walk back down the hill about 15 minutes to the museum. It would be easier to take a taxi as they are not very expensive. We wandered around the museum at our leisure taking photos (no flash) and then had a coffee and snack at the nice shop inside. We sat in the courtyard and it was peaceful and lovely. There were hardly any people in the museum which was a Wednesday. Plan on several hours because what you will see is beyond your imagination.
  • I listened to the MNAZ app before going to the museum and recommend it. The museum is filled with examples of tiles from all periods in Portugal. The palace itself is a wonderful building. Go early.
  • That museum was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Lisbon. When I was in Faro I step into one of the small workshops, where those beautiful Portuguese tiles are made, designed and painted. I was mesmerized by them and by creativity, skills and passion of people who make them. I was told that Lisbon is the place to see even more...In Lisbon I didn't see as many as I wish but that museum make up for it. From the oldest to the newest, from simple to very elaborate, from plain to colourful. Room after room is filled up and then there is the chapel...wow.😍 If you fallen in love with Portuguese tiles like me, it would be a place for you. I could keep talking about them for ages. They are everywhere in restaurants, shops, hotels, on streets, whole houses are tiled outside from top to bottom. In other countries they are just in the bathroom plain mostly white...but not in here. Thank you for that.☺
  • Nice place to see interesting tiles typical for Portuguese architecture. Unique exhibition. But souvenir shop should not take a lunch break during the most busy hours or if they are smart enough they should adopt shift working system. Also tickets counter should have change and don`t expect everybody to carry around large sums in coins! A lady in front of us could not get a change from 50 EUR and the cashier just sent her away... This museum made me understand why Portugal was one of the contributors of EU economic crisis. Good place to bring your kid to let them know definition of laziness. No work, no Nata.
  • Large variety of beautiful azulejo tiles, and their evolution over time from 17th century to more modern artistic rendering. Displayed in a converted church with an equally beautiful chapel. Cheap admission (€5), well worth a visit.