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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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Great to fill in the blanks after an evening in a fado house

Exhibits explain the history of fado at a good, but not intimidating, level of detail. Lots of opportunity to listen to past and present fado singers and some great videos as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Exhibits explain the history of fado at a good, but not intimidating, level of detail. Lots of opportunity to listen to past and present fado singers and some great videos as well. If you have seen live fado, loved it and want to get more background, I recommend the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very interesting! Clip at the beginning giving a brief history of Fado, followed by a wonderful live performance of a few songs! Worth a visit if you are new to Fado and want to learn a bit more about it or for those already familiar who wish to listen to some live music! The people there were very kind and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The subject of the museum is very interesting. But it is a very boring museum. I do not recomend it. I did not pay, so I did not lost money, but I lost time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Came on a Saturday afternoon. The staff was nice to tell us that the museum is FREE every Sunday from 10am to 2pm! We left and came back on the next day!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Quite small but interesting enough, especially if you like Fado, with plenty of tunes you can listen to (if the three people sitting at the booths don't occupy them for an eternity. My wife seemed to enjoy the music which surprised me. Don't allow you to take photos (which I respected but not many others seemed to)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This small museum hide behind a major street, we got there by accident. Before we visit Portugal, I knew nothing about Fado. Through the photos and recordings, we enjoy this beautiful treasure of Lisbon. Fado like the blues is an expression of longing and sorrow. It is sung by women and men, always accompanied by the guitarra and viola (Spanish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A small and great museum. I've been there in Sunday morning and it was for free. Very recommended for music lovers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

As someone with a great interest in both music and history, I ended up walking through the museum and past the exhibitions without getting immersed in the topic. Sure, it was very educational about fado's roots and core concepts. But it was also very dull.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

we spent there a lovely 2 hours see and hear fado.. the colection and explenation was good and give you a wide understanding how its become so popular..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

If you are musical , musician , guitarist etc. This is a wonderful resource to learn the history of fado and its proponents and the musical instruments made for it. It will take roughly 1-2 hours for a proper visit. Combine it with a tour of the sights in Alfama.

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