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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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  • This is a must-see while in Lisbon. It explains the history of azulejos, the tiles found everywhere in Lisbon and elsewhere in Portugal. The three floors of the museum display five-hundred years of th...  more »
  • Love this museum and Sundays are free! Great with the kids too because they can touch everything and they don't have to be excessive quiet 
  • The azulejos, or hand-painted ceramic tiles are generously offered to the looks of the passers-by in Lisbon, but also in the main cities of the country, Puerto... These beauties have led us naturally to take on the edge of the Tagus River in Lisbon, the because of the line 759 to go and visit the national Museum of the Azulejos. We did not regret our visit. Interesting pieces on several levels of great historical and artistic value and above all a great panorama on a long mural of 25 m representative Lisbon before the terrible earthquake of 1755. Important iconographic document for the study of the city, showing the Castle St Georges, Bellem Tower... High place so visit for adults, like all those kids of CE classes or CM fascinated by explanations of their master. The Museum is paying with discount for seniors. But this seems to be a tradition in the Portugal. And, very good meals on site.
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  • It's nice museum if you're into the Portuguese tiles - to me, Andalusian/Moorish tiles are more interesting for the repeated ornament, Portugues ones are more like a canvas for large paintings. Still pretty though.
  • 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 falled in love in Portuguese tiles like me, it would be a place for you. I could keep talking about them for ages but they are everywhere in restaurants, shops, hotels, on the street, 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.☺
  • Very interesting museum, obvisouly focused on portuguese azulejos.
  • This museum is located northeast of outside of Alfama area, the public transportation is not so easy, need to ask locals which bus to take or check the bus map; there are more buses at the main road can reach close by, only take 5 minutes walk to get the museum. The building is hide behind a railroad wall, hard to see it on the street, may need to ask locals. Inside the museum display different period of tiles and ceramic decorations from Moors through Spanish influence and the development of Portugal's own style. The museum connected to a stunning Baroque decoration church.
  • Don't let the (unglamourous) name or distance put you off, this is a very educational and visually exciting look into one of Portugal's most notable art forms. To boot, there is a beautiful gilded chapel housed within, and temporary collections of other ceramic art.