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National Tile Museum

Address: Rua da Madre de Deus 4, Lisbon 1900-312, Portugal
Phone Number: (351) 21 810 0340
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Ranked #9 of 200 Attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles, this specialty museum...
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles, this specialty museum houses a splendid collection of decorative tiles dating from the 15th century to the present.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Great way to learn about Portuguese tile. Small but with a great collection of tiles from many countries. Having a guide to explain the differences was very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Lisbon is well known for its tiles and this museum is dedicated to all things tile. They are actually really beautiful and some buildings in the city are completely adorned with these ceramics. It is nice to go to a place dedicated to the history and the heritage that has made Lisbon so well known for its tiles. It's worth... More 

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Algarve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If there is one thing you need to know about Portugal, it is its history of the "azulejos". Beautiful setting in an old Convent. The museum takes one through the history of how tiles arrived in Portugal through how the locals starting using them in their own unique way, through Lisbon's glory days, to the more modern expressionists. Highly recommended!

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LEEDS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The National Tile Museum is quite a long way from other attractions, and not very convenient to public transport, although it is next door to the main train station. Once there the collection is incredible, extensive and it explains quite well the story of tiles. The building housing it is a lovely place, and grounds quite cool, and calm in... More 

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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a bit of a way out from other places of interest, but worth every moment. The tiles are something to behold but the chapel is the most stunning place I have ever seen. It is magnificent. Do not miss the experience. We also had a very delicious lunch in the restaurant. Delicious food at a reasonable price. All... More 

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Hythe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

An amazing display of tiles, beautifully curated and displayed. An easy taxi journey from the centre of Lisbon. Well worth the visit if only just to see the building itself and the Madre de Dios chapel, with its ornate baroque decoration and tiled walls. It also has a very nice cafe. If in term time get here early (opens at... More 

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Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Best museum of tiles I have ever seen. Loved watching staff work on tiles in the workshop area. Worth the taxi ride to get there.

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Lovely tour takes you through the history of the Azulejo and tells you about how even though they are not original to the Portuguese, the people of Portugal made them their own by using their own style of painting and decoration. Many fine examples of original works exist here, along with examples of more modern interpretation. Quite enjoyable.

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Newark DE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Collection spans the history of this art form. Outstanding building, exhibits and even the cafeteria for lunch worth the visit. Learned a lot and saw things never would see in one place anywhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Tiles from different centuries are exhibited, starting with the first Portuguese tiles produced after models from Holland in the 15th century, baroque tiles, and finishing with an selection of tiles produced in the 20th century, you get a clear impression about this wonderful decoration element. The museum is placed in a convent and the richly decorated church can be visited... More 

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