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National Museum of Ancient Art

Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017, Lisbon 1249 - 017, Portugal
Phone Number: (351) 21 391 28 00
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Ranked #15 of 200 Attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art, this museum features works...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner 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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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful museum with a great collection of the countries historical paintings, furniture, porcelain/pottery, jewellery, and religious items. The strong influence of the church plays a huge role in this museum and these items are displayed very well. There is a great sense of what a vibrant and powerful role Portugal played in the 14th-16th centuries. The museum itself is well... More 

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West Memphis, Arkansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This museum of Ancient Art has a great collection of Portuguese paintings from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, focuses not only on Portuguese art but also art that illustrates its colonial history and foreign art that influenced local artists. Many of these paintings have a religious theme, a fifteenth-century masterpiece attributed to Nuno Gonçalves. The panels, created as an... More 

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Berlin
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166 reviews 166 reviews
77 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This museum offers a trip through Portuguese history with gray collections of furniture, jewelry, decorations, table silver, paintings, utensils of the church, fine paintings and best Chinese and Portuguese ceramics and porcelain. My Chinese friends were stunned by this department. We learned a lot about the Arabic traditions and the connections to India, China and Japan. And do not miss... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The place is very nice to have an overview of Portuguese and European Medieval iconography, mainly religious art. That is the main bulk of the permanent exposition. There is also a number of good works from the European Renaissance and they also have great temporary expositions. Unless you are an expert you may be a little lost, I would recommend... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

An impressive collection and very well laid out museum: 3 floors with galleries built around a central atrium lead you through the Portuguese then European collections in a flowing and logical way. €7 for adults and €3 for students. It was very quiet which gave us freedom to wander around at our own pace. Beautiful gardens and cafe on the... More 

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Stockport
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

The museum is well presented and some things are quite exquisite. However, if you are primarily interested in paintings, the collection is unremarkable. There are few paintings which really jump out at you. It should be said that the collection of objects d'art is of extremely high quality so if you are fascinated by gold and silverware and ceramics there... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Most of the best Medieval art of Portugal is here and the same is true for Renaissance so if you are interested on these times this is theMuseum to visit

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Stunned at all the beauty this museum holds within its walls. A piece of artwork I never thought I would see in person resides here. A triptic by Bosch, it was amazing. The museum is a bit off the beaten path, you can get there by streetcar and walk a couple of blocks.

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Toronto, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This Museum is one of the most important, if not THE most important in terms of art collections in Portugal and it is very much worth a visit. It has European and Portuguese collections of paintings from the 13th to the 18-19th centuries, a collections of ceramics and other art from China and Japan from the times of the Great... More 

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Lagos, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Both the paintings and jewelry sections are comprised mostly of sacred art. There are also displays of ceramics, furniture, glass objects and other decorative elements, most from the period of the portuguese "Descobrimentos". The exhibition space is ample and well organised. As for the paintings, specifically, there are a few by some of the so called Great Masters (italian, flemish,... More 

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