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National Tile Museum

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Address: Rua da Madre de Deus 4, Lisbon 1900-312, Portugal
Phone Number: (351) 21 810 0340
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic...
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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Great museum; worth the trip

This museum is located outside of the central tourist area of Lisbon but it is worth the trip if you are interested in decorative arts. The museum is housed in a former... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is located outside of the central tourist area of Lisbon but it is worth the trip if you are interested in decorative arts. The museum is housed in a former monastery, the remains of which becomes an important part of the museum experience. The museum presents the history of tiles in Portugal and has some beautiful pieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is a bit out of the way, but it is worth your while to visit. It has a wonderful collection of historic to modern day artful tiles and an exquisite gold encased chapel.

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Tucked away in a neighborhood this museum one of a kind.Anyone with a passing interest in tiles will love.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A tile museum sounds boring. This isn't! No metro station nearby so a taxi or bus is required. We used the 794 bus from the city centre and were there in about 10 minutes. Set in an old convent the museum displays tiles dating from around 500 years ago to present day and ends with a panoramic display of Lisbon... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This museum is set in a stunning 16th century convent with a truly amazing church and is full of the most beautiful tiles old and new. It shows the history of tile making and how the designs have changed over time and the different techniques involved to make them. It's a really informative museum full of stunning ancient and modern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This museum shows the history of Portuguese tile through the ages. It's a relatively small museum and you need to either take a bus or taxi to get to it. Exquisite tiles!

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is unlike any other I have ever seen. An old gilded church where tiles are meticulously restored and reconstructed by hand. Every turn was breathtaking. Tiles from several centuries made me want to tile my whole apartment. Unfortunately, I am renting. There was a movie on the 2nd floor that--though in French--inspired me to visit (and notice the... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

it´s a must . Don´t forget it even if you don´t love tiles ...the best collection in the world So many designs so many colors, at least see some rooms ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a fascinating museum if you like Portuguese tiles. I love blue and white as color combinations. Some of the older, classic designs are complicated and feature animals. I prefer modern, more abstract, almost Japanese tiles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit. The lisbon panorama tiles are particularly interesting and the church is nice. Theres an attempt to explain tile making but it is confusing rather than enlightening. It is a long way out of the city centre but is served by buses

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