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National Museum of Ancient Art

Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017, Lisbon 1249 - 017, Portugal
(351) 21 391 28 00
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Ranked #20 of 217 attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art, this museum features works by Gonclaves, Bosch, Raphael and more.
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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Whilst the National Museum of Ancient Art may not be one of Europe's very best, it is packed with wonderful works, many of them relatively unknown as the Museum has never really promoted itself strongly. The Bosch is absolutely world class with excellent works by Durer, Cranach, Poussin, Quentin Matsys, Zurburan and Piero della Francesca amongst others. Naturally the Portuguese... More

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New York City, New York
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It is a lovely collection of art. This is not the MET or Louvre but there is much to see. It is worth the time to come by. Don't miss collection of Portuguese Artists on the top floors. Closed Tuesday mornings and all day Monday.

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San Carlos, CA
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31 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

There are lots of crowded museums in Europe where the visitor is challenged to get a decent view of the works on display. Say, the Van Gogh in Amsterdam, or the Louvre (in front of the Mona Lisa, or the Venus de Milo. You won’t have this problem at the wonderful Museu Nacional De Arte Antiga (MNAA) in Lisbon. Some... More

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Paris, France
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43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

You wouldn't expect to find such a rich collection in Lisbon, including Bosch and Reubens. It's an old, romantic building with a vibe very different from the usual textbook european museums.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Well run, with exquisite artefacts on display - although not the easiest to interpret due to limited information on permanent and temporary exhibitions. Still, the setting and the calibre of the collection will be highly rewarding if you enjoy the craftmanship or artistry and history behind the objects. At the time of our visit, a small but well curated collection... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visiting Lisbon, without going to the MNAA, the visit is not completed. The bast collectins of ancient art are there. Including the portuguese discoveries of 1500.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is without a doubt the amex of Portugal's national art collection housed in a gorgeous 17th century palace,formally occupied by the Counts of Alyor. The museum is heavy with religious works by Portuguese painters. there are ample displays of sculpture,silverware,porcelain and applied art,giving an overview of art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Portugal's empire of discoveries... More

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Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The pieces from japan and China are very nice and definitely deserve a visit. The paintings (except the Bosch's beautiful piece) are unfortunately not so interesting.

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Berlin, Germany
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

racist exposure ! the permanent exposure is nice and interesting, the disabled have to pay half of the ticket, the temporary exhibition (Rubens, Brueghel, Lorrain) not da'nessuna facilitation: racist!

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Doncaster England
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21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just as the title says, a great way to spend a (wet and windy) afternoon. There's plenty of other places to visit outdoors if the weather is good and my preference would be to visit those first. Good value for money and easy to spend a couple of hours in here.

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