Lisbon has an extensive cultural and artistic offer that doesn’t let people indifferent. Beside that, we have plenty of museums which have been mentioned in our blog. (See here) We are expanding our list even more now. Some of them are not even two years old and others are yet to open this year. They represent good reason to go out and about.
Museu dos Coches (Museum of Carriages)
This is the most visited museum in Portugal. As years passed by, there was a need to built another museum, a bigger and more spacious one with a more appropriate infrastructure for technical and restoration purposes. And so, the new building appeared located in Belém as well, built under the guidance of the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. And if you think that the previous museum, the old Picadeiro Real was left abandoned, then you are mistaken. It is still part of the museum with an exhibition of carriages and a gallery of paintings of the royal family, together with a cavalry accessory set.
Where – Avenida da Índia, nº 136
How much: Museu Nacional dos Coches – 6€ / Picadeiro Real – 4€ /Ticket Coches (MNC + Picadeiro Real) – 8€
Timetable: Open from 10h to 18h (Tuesdays to Sundays) / Last entry at 17h30.
Source: Património Cultural
Museum of Ajube – Resistência e Liberdade (2015)
The Ajube is a municipality museum since 2015 and it was open with the purpose of recreating the period of the dictatorship between the years of 1926 and 1974, honoring the resistance against the regime. The space occupies what used to be a former political prison of the New State, a dictatorship regime led by António de Oliveira Salazar. Leveled on four floors, the museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions with archeological objects, an auditorium and a coffee place with a beautiful landscape over the Sé Cathedral and the Tejo river.
Where: Rua de Augusto Rosa, 142
How much: Free entrance
Timetable: Open from 10h to 18h (Tuesdays to Sundays – except holidays)
Source: Museu do Aljube
The Money Museum
Inaugurated in 2015, the museum has as main theme…money. It seems pretty obvious, but money has a history behind it and it is worth paying a visit. Located behind the Banco do Portugal, the building is amazing and it is placed on the grounds of the former church of São Julião. The history of money is told through multimedia support systems. Another interesting aspect is finding trace elements of the wall of D. Dinis, dating 700 years ago.
Where – Largo de São Julião
How much – Free entrance
Timetable – Open from 10h00 to 18h00 (Wednesdays to Saturdays)
Source – Museu do Dinheiro
MAAT (Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia) is another museum of the EDP Foundation (the Electrical Company of Portugal) that stands out because of its modern architecture by the river. It took five years to be built and it is composed of four rooms: Oval (1000 sqm), the Main Gallery, Project room and Video room, and a viewpoint towards the river. Who wishes to walk on top of the building can do so, as it the rooftop was created as a room in the open space. Starting March this year, visitors will be able to contemplate a garden that connects MAAT from the old building of the Electricity Museum.
Where: Avenida Brasília
How much: 5€ / Free entrance each Sunday of each month
Timetable: from 12h to 0h00 Wednesdays to Sundays
To be inaugurated….
The Jewish Museum (2017)
There is a museum being built which is scheduled to open this year celebrating the memory of the Jews. Located in Alfama, the museum will count not only on an exhibition area, but a documentary area as well.
Art Deco and African Art Museum (2017)
Joe Berardo is well known for his fortune, but also for being a great patron of the arts. With an enviable art collection, he has in mind opening two more museum in Lisbon this year. One will be in Alcântara, close to MAAT, dedicated to Art Deco. The other will be situated in Bairro Alto and will exhibit his own African art collection.
Where, How much and Timetable? We’ll keep you posted.
Source – NiT
Translation by Ioana Bota