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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 #45 of 223 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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Walnut Creek, California, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Located in Lisbon's old pump house this is a well organized, air conditioned small museum with a nice gift shop with many CD's by fado artists. Good audio tour at your own pace. Tells the history of fado from 19th century to the present. Examples of the fado guitar, film clips of actual performances. good to go to before going... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It provided a good reference to what Fado is and it's history. Also available was a fairly substantial selection of Fado and the artists to listen to. Some of the visual displays weren't working. One of the large auditoriums is playing Fado music that doesn't correspond with what is playing on the screen. Go if you want to know what... More

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Cambridge
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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20 helpful votes 20 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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