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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

Largo Das Portas do Sol 2 | Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 21 888 1991
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Ranked #106 of 218 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features decorative arts from the 15th through 19th centuries, including textiles,... more » Owner description: Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features decorative arts from the 15th through 19th centuries, including textiles, furniture, painting, jewelry and ceramics. Guided tours to the Arts and crafts workshops which feature artisans demonstrating traditional crafts like bookbinding, wood carving and working with gold leaf. « less
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

I have visited quite a few private home museums and this goes high on my list. It had a personal feel and I did not feel to isolated from the exhibits by glad and other barriers as some places. If you are into furniture you will be impressed by the items here as there are plenty examples of fine cabinetmaking... More

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the highlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

really loved this place. lots to see and take your time in each room, staff don't follow you around and make you feel like a criminal like some other places, you can take photos too. small charge to enter but well worth it. great view from the front of the building over the water.

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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and for your nice comment. We are glad you choose our Museum (among so many others in Lisbon). Hope you visit us again soon and visit the arts and crafts workshops, that still wortk using traditional techniques and methods and also unique in Europe. Follow us on our facebook #MuseuArtesDecorativasFressand on our website... More

tallahassee, florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Furniture, paintings, ceramics, musical instruments,a carriage or two, all housed in the 17th C. former city palace of the Count of Azurara on the Largo das Portas do Sol in Alfama, the heart of Lisbon's historic center. The banker Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva, whose family was one of the richest in Portugal, acquired the palace in 1947 and donated... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

An atmospheric museum on the 28 tram route and only €4 entrance. Furniture, paintings and tapestries from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a period building and does not have air conditioning. Staff were very nice when advising me no photos. Museum item descriptions are comprehensive and made for a rewarding spontaneous visit.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Besides its superb fine arts collection, it is at same time a school and one of the best world preservation/repair center on furniture, painting, tapestry, ceramic, tails and gold craft. http://www.fress.pt/Default.aspx?Tag=CONTENT&ContentId=6

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

A hand-selected collection that reflects the tastes & interests of its creator. Fascinating mix of pieces scattered throughout a circuit of palace rooms that give a wonderful feel for a city "palace". Unless you're an expert the entire displayed collection can be covered in a little over an hour so no fear of "Stendhal syndrome".

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We loved this comparatively small museum. Like others, we didn't get why no photos were allowed, but we snuck a few in when we were in rooms with no security guards watching us. It's a quirky collection for sure - some interesting pieces whose like we saw nowhere else during our travels, like some gaming tables that were quite unique.... More

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Most decorative arts museums I have been to allow photos without flash because the people who go to these types of museums want to study and remember what they saw in the museum. So I do not understand why no photos at all can be taken. There was nothing I saw in this museum that would have been harmed by... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

The legacy of collector Ricardo Espírito Santo. Unique pieces, good for the initiated. Some rarities of Portuguese handicraft

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Tucked away below the Castello Sao Jorge and on the 28 Tram route. A really fantastic collection of decrotive and furniture pieces in a wonderful setting.

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