Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

4.5
#2 of 604 in Museums in Portugal
Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, Museu Nacional do Azulejo showcases tiles dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in ceramic tile work or in learning more about a specialty of the region, take the time to visit this museum. Step inside and discover azulejo--the painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tiles. The Moors brought this craft to Portugal, where it has become an essential part of the country's culture. It's typically seen in churches, palaces, homes, and even railway stations. Explore the colorful, decorative exhibits that chronicle historical and cultural events in Portugal throughout the last several centuries. Make Museu Nacional do Azulejo a centerpiece of your Lisbon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lisbon trip planning app .
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  • This museum was definitely on our list of things to do in Lisbon. Great indoor activity for a rainy or hot day. Highly recommend downloading the app in the lobby with QR code reader for a private tour...  more »
  • With many rooms, several periods of construction of the tiles, a church without equal, and a photo-mosaic, which for me was of Elis Regina, the museum is a stroll to do.
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  • A must-see! The beauty of the building alone is enough to enchant you. This museum holds two nice surprises: the breathtaking church and the internal courtyard oasis adjacent to the cafe that serves delicious cakes and coffee. The whole thing just feels like it's from another era but in a nice way. The tiles are of course interesting and beautiful but this museum has to offer much more than just a simple museum experience. The turtles in the fountain at the garden are hilarious too.
  • Beautiful tiles! Cool history. Accessibility was definitely not an afterthought here. There were tactile exhibitions that allowed you to feel the tile designs and also audio descriptions of several exhibits. Some locations did require stairs to get to them.
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