freemasons museum- museu maçónico português
A cultural, recreational and philanthropic society whose headquarters are situated in Lisbon. This Masonic Palace, also hosts the Portuguese Masonic Museum, considered by many as one of the best of its kind in Europe. The Museum is full of interesting artifacts and esoteric art relating to the Scottish and French Rites of this controversial secret society.
Rua do Grémio Lusitano, 25
Barrio Alto, Lisboa
Phone: 213 424 506
Open to the public: Monday to Friday 14:30 to 17:30
pavilhão de segurança (“security pavilion”) outsider art museum
By far the least-known and most unusual attraction/ museum in Lisbon. Housed in a 19th century panopticon (a circular asylum where mental patients were observed at all times), this recently renovated space shows the art created by mentally ill patients. The building is the only panopticon in the world with an open-air courtyard. There are 3500 sketches, paintings and sculptures (called “art of the insane,” “raw art” or “outsider art” in the art world). There is also some disturbing medical equipment. The tour is essential to appreciating this museum and its works of art.
Rua Dr. Almeida Amaral, 1 (Miguel Bombarda Hospital)
Mondays 2.00 to 18.00, Saturdays 14.00 to 18.00, Wednesdays 11.30 to 13.00. On all other weekdays, visits are by appointment, and you may also ask for a guided tour.
anastácio gonçalves museum
Originally built by the painter José Malhoa as a home and painting studio. The building was the winner of the prestigious Valmor award of architecture in 1905. Later, Dr. Anastacio Gonçalves an ophthalmologist purchased the home and assembled a collection of oils, watercolors and drawings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the themes of landscape, portrait painting and costumes. Besides the exquisite painting, there are Chinese porcelains, furniture and woven fabrics.
Avenida 5 de Outubro,6-8
10.00 to 18.00 (Closed Monday)
chiado museum, national gallery of contemporary art
Housed in the old São Francisco da Cidade monastery, the museum highlights the works of important Portuguese artists mixed with a few French sculptures and works by Rodin, including his anatomically precise, “Bronze Age”. The famous 19th century Portuguese painters, Columbano and Negreiros, who defined the transformation of Romanticism to Modernism have their portraits here. With a collection of more than 5000 pieces, covering the wide field of painting, sculpture, design, photography and new media, including the seminal works of the major movements. There is nice cafe hidden in the upper courtyard of the museum.
Rua Serpa Pinto, 4-6
Free entry on Sundays before 13.00
10.00 to 18.00 (Closed Mondays)
medeiros e almeida museum
This is one of Lisbon’s best kept secrets! An unknown museum on the north side of town. Antonio de Medeiros e Almeida (1895-1986), created a priceless collection of fine arts from the 17th to 20th-century. Here you’ll find paintings by Gainsborough, an impressive silver dinner service that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte, along with gold, textiles, ceramics and sculptures from some of the most important names in art around the world. There are over 20 rooms that will easily consume several hours for any serious art lover.
Rua Rosa Araújo, 41
Sao Mamede, Lisboa
1.00 to 17.30 (Mon.-Fri.) 10.00 to 17.30 (Sat.) (Closed Sundays)
marionette world museum- museu da marioneta
Located in the old Bernardas Convent from the former 18th century. More fascinating than most imagine, this collection of over 1,000 marionettes and puppets from around the world, includes intricate Balinese shadow puppets, African and folk puppets that look like something out of a Brothers Quay film. There are highly technical marionettes and props from Asia to India that will stimulate your child-like curiosity. At the end of the museum there is an interesting section on modern clay animation that will intrigue anyone who is a fan of Wallace & Grommet.
The museum does an excellent job of explaining the art, history and sub culture of puppeteers. Check their website for a schedule of live puppet shows, and be sure to visit the cafe, or make a dinner reservation at “A Travessa” a trendy, upscale restaurant that shares the convent with the museum. They offer stellar Portuguese cuisine and Belgian inspired dishes. www.atravessa.com
Rua da Esperança, 146
Phone: 212 427 621
10.00 to 13.00, then 14.00 to 18.00 (Closed Mondays)
the berardo collection
Rags to riches, José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo found his fortune in the vegetable markets of Johannesburg South Africa. Eventually his determination and business savvy expanded into interests all over the world, he soon became an art collector and philanthropist. The Berardo Collection is an exercise in open-mindedness with a rich variety of quality works and temporary exhibitions that includes modern art by icons like Andy Warhol, along side advertising art, and graffiti that encompasses many movements and techniques by artists from all over the world.
Praça do Império (across the street from the Jeronimos Monastery
Phone: 213 612 878
Free to the public
Sun. to Fri. 10.00 to 19.00, Sat. 10.00 to 22.00, (Closed Mondays)
MUDE museum of modern design & fashion
This FREE museum occupies the old Overseas National Bank which has been gutted into 3,000 sq. meters of exhibition space with unfinished concrete walls. The permanent collection has over 170 pieces on display, circulating the 2,500 pieces in its collection which was bought from Portuguese businessman Francisco Capelo. See the most iconic works of design and pieces of fashion by famous names such as Charles & Ray Eames, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Christian Dior.
Rua Augusta, 24
Phone: 218 886 117
Tue. to Sun. 10.00 to 20.00 (on Saturdays until 22.00). (Closed on Mondays)
josé de azeredo perdigão modern art centre (CAMJAP)
The Museum often called CAM for short, is a collection encompassing around 9000 pieces of art of both Portuguese and international artists. Above all, CAM’s collection focuses on Portuguese art produced in the first decades of the 20th century. There are many famous artists side-by-side with less known Portuguese artists, who are deserving of recognition. The collection will not disappoint when it comes to variety and quality. There is also a great art bookshop and a cool little cafe as soon as you step inside.
Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt
Tue. to Sun. 10.00 to 18.00 (Closed Mondays, Free on Sundays before 14.00)
Phone: 217 823 000
museu calouste gulbenkian
This is like Lisbon’s own mini-Metropolitan Museum. There are world class masterpieces from ancient times to the 20th century. Most impressive is its section of 19th century French paintings, including work by Corot, Millet, Rousseau, Manet, Dégas, Renoir and Monet. The Gulbenkian Foundation hosts an impressive music series with performers of critical acclaim outside of mainstream music circles.
Avenida de Berna, 45-A
Tue. to Fri. 9.00 to 17.00 and Sat. 10.00 to 17.00 (Closed Mondays)
Free on Sundays before 14.00
Phone: 217 823 000
Music Series: www.musica.gulbenkian.pt
arpad szenes & vieira da silva museum
A private collection located in a former 18th century silk factory, representing two important Portuguese artists who once had a studio in the area of this museum before moving to Paris. Vieira da Silva and her husband Arpad Szenes of Hungarian Jewish origins, became the leaders of the The Second School of Paris movement in the 1940‘s. Vieira da Silva was the first woman to receive the French government's Grand Prix National des Arts. The museum includes works from earlier artists who influenced the two artists.
Praça das Amoreiras, 58
Sao Mamede, Lisboa
11.00 to 19.00 (Closed Tuesdays and free on Sundays before 14.00)