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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Phone Number: 351 21 882 34 70
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Ranked #57 of 202 Attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, 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 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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Full of information film and sound of previous and present Fado musicians. Well laid out and reasonable price.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a great museum if you like music, not just fado. The explanations though are a little lacking (pretty much nothing is said of the period between mid 1800 and the end of the dictatorship).

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Perfect small museum to get a feel for the history and people that made Fado. Give yourself permission to spend 1-2 hours and go through this museum and if you really like Fado take extra time to listen to the many, many CDs they have available in the gift store.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Not knowing a lot about Fado I stumbled across this museum whilst happily lost. Very interesting exhibition showing the history…enjoyed the audio area. Bought a numbers of CDs to have the music on my iPod.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are interested in listening to fado music, the Fado Museum is a good alternative. The museum has listening stations where you can choose from dozens of fado performers and listen to a sample of their music. There is also a room showing videos of fado performances in local restaurants.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This museum is only half as good as it could have been. I guess it's a challenge to curate a museum about a kind of music, but really, you are going to find out far more by spending 5 minutes reading about Fado on Wikepedia than you will in this missed opportunity of a museum. If you arrive already knowing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I knew nothing about Fado when I walked into this museum save that it was a musical style native to Portugal. This site truly helped me to better understand the origin and the evolution of this soulful music. Sadly I did not make it to a Fado performance, but this place at least gave me a sense of what I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

i love Fado music and I just want to know history of fado and more. It was nice museum and can listen to music of many singer of fado. Also can watch video with english sub title. This museum is close by station St apolonia( metro and CP)

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Albufeira, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Fado Museum was inaugurated on September 25, 1998 and is dedicated to the world of fado and guitar museum. The museum is located in the Alfama district. This cultural space is currently a reference between cultural spaces of Lisbon. If you want to learn about the tradicional portuguese music that´s world cultural heritage by UNESCO, it´s here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

An excellent museum. Good value at 5 euro entry fee. A shop, including CDs and plenty of interesting visuals and a selective oral commentary, supported by Fado music. The most moving to me was listening to the Fado artists explaining what Fado means to them. One put it succinctly – we spend a lot of time consuming junk culture; Fado... More 

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