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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
351 21 882 34 70
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Ranked #41 of 217 attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s... more » Owner description: Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade between people and communities. « less
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Cambridge
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233 reviews 233 reviews
24 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

How to make a museum about music? Include lots of music! Seems obvious but it would be so easy to have a few static displays and miss out on the sounds. Not so this museum. The €5 entrance includes an audio guide which as well as the usual voice overs includes a vast array of music samples. There are many... More

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Berlin, Germany
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fado music is probably Portugal's greatest cultural export, and here you get to learn about its origins, its current status, and future directions. This museum is really well laid out and curated, even for the complete beginner. It's very hands-on and interactive, and the highlights are the "analog Spotify" feature of getting to listen to samples of hundreds of fado... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Everyone that is at least a bit curious to know more about fado try this musem. You really get involved in the scene, the story and music... really must visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Fado Museum is well presented and accessible whatever your level of knowledge. There are plenty of visuals - It isn't too text heavy - and the audio-guide ( at least the English version) is well delivered. I knew a little bit about key singers before the visit but came away with much better knowledge, especially about the development of... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The museum takes you through the history of how this music got its start. We enjoyed learning about it and listening to the various artists. The gift shop is well stocked with CD's if you are looking for FADO music to collect. The clerk was very helpful and sold us a terrific CD that has an assortment of the most... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

For fado lovers, this is a must! Great graphics, well designed. One of the best interview videos I've ever seen. Very useful gift shop. Best, though, was the very extensive collection of audio recordings. Next time, I'll allow much longer so I can hear far more of them!

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Gunzburg, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I really did not enjoy my visit in this museum, tough my partner did a little more: After paying 5€ you get an mobile audioguide with which you can walk to one circular walk in the small building. The audioguide will tell you boring, in-depth details about singers and history of Fado. As exhibit you'll find a few pictures of... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum after seeing a show in Barrio Alto and falling in love with Fado. The museum has great displays on the history of Fado and a lot of interesting multimedia that includes many songs and videos. I wanted to know more about how people learn Fado, but I will look that up on my... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

A great museum. If you don't love Fado you will when you leave. It's a small museum but the exhibits are good. The audio accompaniment is a must and I suggest bringing headphones so you don't have to walk around with the handset to your head. The listening stations towards the end are a great way to find artists you... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

You can spend hours in there without even being a fado enthusiast - the information in there is captive enough that will keep you there for a long time. Great way to understand the folk culture in Lisbon a bit more.

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