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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

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Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Phone Number: 351 21 882 34 70
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its...
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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Fado in Portugal

Interesting place which relates the history of Fado and its evolution along time. Key Portugal, it provides light key information about its role in Portuguese culture. Located in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We knew almost nothing about this national art form, but timed our visit to coincide with one of the short concerts they offer on weekends. Good move. We toured the museum, learned a lot, then enjoyed the music. Great visit. Set us up for other performances we heard later in our visit in Braga and Pé da Serra.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Interesting place which relates the history of Fado and its evolution along time. Key Portugal, it provides light key information about its role in Portuguese culture. Located in a brand new building the visit is entertaining. The entrence is free on Sundays until one o'clock. At last, there is a very nice restaurant where you can have a light lunch... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

To my mind this is better than sitting in a touristy restaurant to hear fado. You will also learn the interesting story of it's history. It has not been around for long but has a great story. In the museum (free on Sunday mornings!) you can hear the most famous singers. It's nicely organized and can be done in an... More 

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Berlin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I really enjoyed our stay at the Fado Museum, which gives you a nice introduction into the history of Lisbon's very own song tradition. A nice place for music lovers who have an hour to spare.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It pains me to give this museum such a negative review, but I'm a great fan of fado and was so excited to learn all about it. This museum didn't serve that purpose. First, the audio commentary is simply awful, boring, rambling and uninformative. Track 1 goes on forever talking about the building. Ok, I was ready to delve into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A must see if interested in Fado. The museum provides the history and you can listen to actual recordings of the most famous Fado singers. Connected to the museum is a wonderful small restaurant to sample the delicacies of Lisbon.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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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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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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