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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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Ranked #10 of 184 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Others were predictable municipal institutions, this was something specially Portuguese and in a brilliant setting for the subject

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Arraiolos, Evora, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you love tiles like me, come here! You can see several types of tiles thru the years, even some Dutch! And the church inside is beautiful! Worth a visit for sure!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

First of all, Lisbon public transportation does not provide any information to get here. Yet, I will try, take bus 794 from city center, starting at Terreiro Paço and get off at Igreja Madre Deus. There is no sign (A faded, almost invisible one, is not a sign). The bus stop is in front of the museum and the Igreja,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place was an old nuns house and a church, so it's architecture is beautiful and the church decoration is an amazing representation of the barroco style. Also, you can learn the history of the tiles in portuguese culture, from the arabic invasion to these days. Don't miss the Lisbon panoram in tiles, on the end of the visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We went for free on the first sunday of the month. It's a bit out of the way from the main sights but it was very interesting to see the tile art change through the years.

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Antibes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

this is a completely adorable place, despite its location (pretty far). A huge collection of all kind of tiles, big and small, geometric and floral, etc.., with a few explications. It's worth to visit and spend there some hours :) ps in the attic the enormous tile panorama of old Lisboa (even before earthquake 1755) which is so interesting! don't... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Everywhere one goes in Portugal, the blue tile can be seen. The Museum offers so much of the history behind the use of tile and should definitely be on your list of places to see in Lisbon.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not only are the tiles from ancient times incredible to see,but the building itself is of historic import. A picture of life in Lisbon through the centuries is seen in the wall size tiles-truly amazing.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When we approached I thought we'd arrived at the wrong location but we were pleasantly surprised. The building is fantastic- an old convent. The chapel and choir loft are breathtaking. We loved the tile exhibits. Don't miss this attraction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The museum shows the evolution of ceramics over the past 5 centuries. It is a museum within a museum. Unfortunately, there is little explanation on techniques and no plan of the museum is provided. The small cafe is worth a stop. It is very peaceful.

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