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National Tile Museum

Rua da Madre de Deus 4, Lisbon 1900-312, Portugal
(351) 21 810 0340
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As featured in 3 days in Lisbon
Ranked #8 of 217 attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Hours:   Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 18pm Last entry: 17h30 pm. Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas... more »
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

this was one of my favorite museums in Portugal and I recommend it wholeheartedly. The collection is beautiful, extensive and very well documented and translated for the anglophone visitor. The opulent and gilded Madre de Deus Convent which houses the collection is worth seeing on its own. There is a large Lisbon cityscape completed in 1738, before the earthquake, which... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you want to learn about the history of tile-making in Portugal, this is the place to see it. A very nice, well organized museum that does what it is set out to do: show off tile work. Definitely not a thriller, but it offers quality pieces and information that helped me appreciate all the tiles I saw around Lisbon... More

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

While this place is a bit hard to get to (20 minute walk from the metro) it was worth the trip. I learned so much about the history of tile making. The audio tour was free and very informative. If you're a technophile, you'll find the audio tour gadget interesting. It's a small cylinder that you laser point at the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Tiles are a big deal in Portugal; you see them in all sorts of places that wouldn't make sense elsewhere -- in churches, covering whole sides of houses, ... -- but in Lisbon it's just the done thing. Hence the tile museum, and undoubtedly browsing here is definitely to connect with something more genuinely Portuguese than the oceanarium. But, existing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

It was nice museum with a very nice tile collection. You can easily access it from the city center. Inside there is a very nice church and quite unexpensive cafe. Recommended.

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It is a very pleasant museum to experience in terms of layout and the collection is stunning, hard to single any one thing out. The chapel is truly spectacular. The little museum restaurant has the best shrimp croquetas in the world.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is an interesting display of azulejos. However, I'm probably not knowledgeable enough in this field to fully appreciate the beauty of the tiles. For me, the highlight of this museum was the gorgeous chapel. Entry is not that expensive (free with the Lisboa card) and it doesn't take that long to visit. If you're not spending a lot of... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The tiles are amazing. It helps you to appreciate this art form that can be found of course, on buildings and churches. But it was good to see it in historical perspective and to learn more about it.The only down side is that the gift shop does not mail tiles home!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We were pretty skeptical about this place, but we went for the laugh and were pleasantly surprised. ?5 entry (?2.50 for students), a bus ride from the centre. Walking not advised in the heat! It was fairly interesting, showing a side of Portuguese art and culture we hadn't appreciated before. There are some beautiful pieces, both medieval and modern. A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a really neat and unique museum with a beautiful and extensive collection of tilework. The first-floor cloister is particularly impressive. Note that you can walk there from the metro, but it's about a 20-minute hike and takes you up a pedestrian path on a highway bridge, so not for the faint of heart. On the way back, buses... More

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