Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums, Lisbon

Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums, Lisbon

As expected of any European capital city with a rich history, Lisbon has numerous museums. They offer excellent insight into the past and have a rich collection of art: sculpture and paintings. Among the many popular museums and galleries in Lisbon, some are quite unique and not to be missed. Take this tour to visit the most important museums in Lisbon.
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Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: ann
Military Museum

1) Military Museum (must see)

One of the largest museums dedicated to Military memorabilia in the world, the Lisbon Museu Militar tells the story of the exploits by the Portuguese armed forces. It has a large collection of artillery, arms, uniforms and military art.

The Military Museum is located on the site of a 16th century shipyard. It has the largest artillery collection in the world and was founded in 1851 by General Jose Baptista da Silva as an artillery museum. Other exhibits with military themes were added and...   view more
Fado Museum

2) Fado Museum

The Fado Museum is dedicated to the soulful songs called Fado that evolved in the City of Lisbon. It has a range of exhibits and displays that showcase a form of music that is unique to the city.

Fado evolved as a form of music unique to Lisbon in 1840. Although another form is sung in the city of Coimbra, the Lisbon version is the earliest and most popular. It evolved from songs sung by sailors that soon became a musical genre loved by the common man and sung by many famous Fado singers...   view more
Decorative Arts Museum

3) Decorative Arts Museum

The Decorative Arts Museum housed in an aristocratic home showcases the life of wealthy citizens of Lisbon in the 18th and 19th centuries. The building is a 17th century palace that was the city residence of the Count of Azurara.

The Decorative Arts Museum was purchased by Portuguese Banker, Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva whose family was one of the wealthiest in the country in 1947. He then converted it into a museum to house his vast collection. He donated the museum to the city in 1953....   view more
The Roman Theater Museum

4) The Roman Theater Museum

The Roman Theatre Museum has objects unearthed from a 1st century Roman Theatre built by the Emperor Augustus. The Roman Theatre Museum was first built as a small theater and was expanded in 57 AD. At this time it could seat 5000 spectators. During the middle ages it disappeared beneath the ground because of neglect and wind and soil erosion. After the 1755 earthquake, parts of the theater resurfaced resulting in renewed interest in the Roman past of Lisbon. Archeological excavations were...   view more
MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum

5) MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum (must see)

Editor's Note: The museum building is temporarily closed for works of integral rehabilitation. While the works take place they continue to develop a cultural and exhibition program in the city and in the country, that they call MUDE OUTSIDE.

"Mude" which means "change" in Portuguese is the name given to the Design and Fashion Museum in Lisbon that boasts an impressive collection of design & fashion classics from the 1930s to the present.

MUDE is located in the...   view more
Chiado Museum

6) Chiado Museum

The Chiado Museum is the National Gallery of Contemporary Art with a large permanent collection of works by modern Portuguese and international artists. It has exhibits from the middle of the 19th century to the present.

The Chiado Museum was first established in the building that was once the Convent of Saint Francis in 1911. It was closed in 1988 and redesigned by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte so that objects could be placed in thematic order from the Romantic Age to the Modern....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Marionette Museum

7) Marionette Museum

The Marionette Museum gives visitors a comprehensive view of the world of puppets and puppetry. It is an enjoyable museum for visitors of all ages and has an impressive collection of Portuguese and international puppets.

The Marionette Museum is housed in an eighteenth century building that was once the St. Bernardas Convent. The building was constructed after the 1755 earthquake in 1758. In 1834, religious orders were banned and the convent was closed. It was used as a school, cinema and...   view more
National Museum of Ancient Art

8) National Museum of Ancient Art (must see)

The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (also known as MNAA) is the most important art museum in Portugal. It is located in the Palácio de Alvor-Pombal, a former palace of the Count of Alvor later purchased by the Marquis of Pombal. It is the best museum in which to learn about the development of Portuguese art prior to the early 19th century. The collections, especially those for the 15th and 16th centuries, are particularly important regarding the history of Portuguese painting, sculpture, and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oriental Museum

9) Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum is dedicated to displaying Asian art and artifacts with a particular emphasis on Portugal as a colonial power in Asia. It houses the collection of the Oriental Foundation with objects brought by Portuguese ships from their many voyages to Asia.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to make commercial and cultural contact with Asia. Besides establishing colonies in India and China, they were also the first Europeans to sail to Japan. The Portuguese took with them plants...   view more

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lisbon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic “Al-hamma” and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including former royal residence - the medieval São Jorge (Saint George) Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the Santa Engrácia Church, nowadays converted into a National Pantheon for important Portuguese personalities. There are just as many Fado bars and restaurants in Alfama, as well. Whether you're culturally-motivated, or simply looking for fun, there's plenty of entertainment awaiting you in this part of the Portuguese capital!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nações, often referred to by locals as “Expo”, is a commercial and residential area in Lisbon which gained popularity and underwent tremendous transformation in the late 1990s as a site of the World Expo 1998. Many attractions were built here during that time, including the Oceanarium (the world's biggest), Science Museum, Vasco da Gama Tower, Vasco da Gama Bridge and others. Decades on, Parque das Nações still continues to draw attention of visitors and locals alike as a cultural and entertainment hub of the Portuguese capital. With so much to see here, it's no wonder!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Lisbon is renowned for its architectural splendor presented in many of the old and modern buildings, as well as recognized cultural heritage carefully preserved in museums and art galleries. This tour will help you explore three most centrally located districts of Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto. These “bairros” or neighborhoods carry great historical, cultural and social significance and are the best places to see the Lisbon life in vivo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Belem Walking Tour

Belem Walking Tour

Known as Santa Maria de Belém, Belem is a district of Lisbon located not far from the city center. It became famous as the departure point for renowned Portuguese explorers. It was here that Vasco da Gama set off for India. This small district has a lot of fascinating historic and cultural landmarks. Some of them, such as Torre de Belém, are iconic. Take this tour and enjoy Belem at its best.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Madragoa Nightlife

Madragoa Nightlife

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces you to some of the best dancing clubs in Lisbon Madragoa bairro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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