Fado Museum, Lisbon

Fado Museum, Lisbon

If you have time, squeeze in a visit to the Museu do Fado, dedicated to the evolution of the form of music and the passion it evokes in Lisbon. Although another form of Fado is sung in the city of Coimbra, the Lisbon version – evolved in the 1840s from songs sung by sailors – is the earliest and most popular.

While not large, this museum has audiovisual shows, multilingual information panels and a large music archive, all of which will likely prepare you to experience some Fado while in Lisbon. The free headsets are a must and will give the history of the music while explaining the different guitars and sitars on display. Visitors can also purchase recordings from the museum shop and, during the weekends, enjoy live performances at the museum's small café (fee is included in the ticket).

After or before your visit, a walk through the charming/authentic surrounding area is highly recommended to get a snapshot of local life. Typical houses, some of which survived the 1775 earthquake, are still found nearby, along with old taverns and grocery shops, a renovated 13th-century fountain (Chafariz de Dentro), and laundry lines strung overhead.

Tip:
If looking to get a good bite with your Fado, check out PARREIRINHA DE ALFAMA (Tue-Sun: 8pm–1am) or GUITARRAS DE LISBOA (Mon-Sat: 8pm–2am). For good food, good prices and good hospitality with no Fado singing, there are dozens of other options around: try RODA VIVA, O BECO, A MURALHA TASCA TIPICA LISBOA... or explore the offers at your own pace.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–6pm

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Sight Name: Fado Museum
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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