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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 #39 of 214 attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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4 helpful votes 4 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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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

One of the greatest museums in Lisbon. Great expositions and you can feel like on real Fado concert. I recommended this museum because in this place you can meet every old, new, famous and this little one Fado artists. I wanna come back here.

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Scottish Borders
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Although this is a small museum, its fascinating and you can spend ages listening to the audio guide and looking at exhibits. The café looked very inviting although we didn't have time to stop there. Very helpful staff and a great little shop.

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

If you don't know anything about fado, or don't even hear of it, it's a good start to know before you jump into any live fado house. Video room of the museum is a must-see.

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Dunblane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

If you are unable to take in a live Fado show then this is a must for anyone interested in the traditional music of Lisbon. The exhibits and audio-visual displays are excellent. Watching and listening to contemporary Fado musicians talking about their art form was quite moving. However, be wary of the cafe prices. We had a couple of small... More

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

After not being able to go to Museu do Fado the last times I was finally able to go there. As I already read a book about fado and the history and know quite a lot about fado the museum was ok, the audioguide is nice but the museum is quite small. On the afternoon we were in the museum... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

If you are a world music aficionado, this museum is a must. Though it's small, I spent about two hours reading, watching, listening and absorbing the rich heritage of the fado. The museum is very attractive, the people that worked there were nice and helpful, and it wasn't crowded. I enjoyed this more than the large Gulbenkian Museum that got... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Thanks to the Museu do Fado, I had the most wonderful impromptu experience I've ever had on holiday. After visiting the museum, which provides a great introduction to Fado and how it came to be Portugal's national song, I joined a free walking tour from the square opposite through the winding streets of the old Alfama district. It culminated in... More

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