Lisbon (Lisboa) is a historical and cultural city with several museums, art galleries and exhibition spaces. It's hard to choose the top museums, art spaces from the extensive list of the same. We have listed our favourite museums and galleries in and around Lisbon.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado Museum)
In Portuguese known as Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado – MNAC is an art museum located in the Chiado neighbourhood of Lisbon, Portugal. Founded in 1911 and re-inaugurated in 1994, the museum features a unique collection of Portuguese art from the late decades of the 18th century until today.
Address: R. Serpa Pinto 4, 1200-444 Lisbon, Portugal
Belem Cultural Centre
Belem Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural de Belém) is a private cultural centre that includes the Exhibition, Theatre, and Meeting Centre. The Exhibition Centre has several galleries and vast spaces for art exhibitions of various types. The Performing Art Centre has two auditoriums with capacities of 1429 and 348, respectively and the rehearsal hall for organising ballet, opera, theatre and film. The Conference Centre has all kinds of facilities for conferences and business meetings. The Belam Centre also provides educational and training services.
Address: Praça do Império - 1449-003 Lisbon, Portugal
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (or just Gulbenkian Museum) is an art museum where the exhibition galleries are disseminated in a chronological & geographical sequence that depicts two independent portions. The first portion displays Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian, oriental and Classical Egyptian Art, and Far Eastern Art. The second one exhibits European Art, where separate sections are devoted to the art of Book, Sculpture, Painting & Decorative French Arts of the 18th century and the work of René Lalique. Apart from this, one can enjoy various concerts like Gulbenkian ballet, choir, and orchestra.
Address: Av. de Berna 45 A, 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal
National Museum of the Azulejo
National Museum of the Azulejo (Museo Nacional do Azulejo), sometimes called National Tile Museum, is an art museum situated in the former Convent of Madre de Deus, founded by Queen Leonor in 1509. The collection includes decorative ceramic tiles (azulejos) from the 15th century to the present day. It also includes ceramics, porcelain and faience from the 19th to the 20th century. The permanent exhibition displays the materials and techniques used for manufacturing tiles.
Address: R. Me. Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisbon, Portugal
National Museum of Ancient Art
The National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga - MNAA) is an art museum in Lisbon. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, gold jewellery, furniture, foreign and Portuguese arts, glass, textiles & ceramics of the 15th-19th century. The collections are well-preserved that attracts a large number of visitors.
Address: R. das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisbon, Portugal
National Coach Museum
National Coach Museum (Museu dos Coches) is known for its exclusive collection of ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 17th to the 19th century, which gives an insight into the technological & creative evolution of animal-drawn carriages used by European Courts until the birth of the motor car. The collection of the vehicles includes coaches, berlins, carriages, chaises, cabriolets, litters, sedan chairs, and children's buggies.
Address: Av. da Índia 136, 1300-300 Lisbon, Portugal
Berardo Collection Museum
The Berardo Collection Museum (Colecção Berardo Museum) is a contemporary and modern art museum in Belem, Lisbon. The museum showcases over 1,000 works of art on permanent display and temporary exhibitions. The art collection includes abstract, figural, surrealism, pop art, hyperrealism, minimalism, conceptual art, sculpture, contemporary photography, and video.
Address: Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon, Portugal
National Museum of Costume
National Museum of Costume (Museu Nacional do Traje) is situated in Monteiro-Mor Palace, Lisbon. It has a collection of 14th-19th century costumes. The collection includes over 33,000 items, mainly male and female costumes from the 14th to 19th centuries, traditional dress and operatic costumes, and hosts temporary exhibitions on different subjects.
Address: Largo Júlio de Castilho, Lumiar, 1600-483 Lisbon, Portugal