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“Massive collection” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Ancient Art

National Museum of Ancient Art
Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017, Lisbon 1249 - 017, Portugal
(351) 21 391 28 00
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Ranked #38 of 424 things to do in Lisbon
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Owner description: Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art, this museum features works by Gonclaves, Bosch, Raphael and more.
Lisbon, Portugal
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“Massive collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It has a massive collection of portuguese works. Despite the location, after you visit it, you can enjoy an amazing view from the museum's cafe or garden.

Visited July 2013
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“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Of the interiors we have seen only the European painting department and this was a very pleasant surprise. A very good and well chosen selection of paintings beautifully presented. The rooms were almost empty, which made our visit uniquely satisfying. An added bonus is that you may take photographs freely. The single wonderful Horonimus Bosch alone is worth the admission price. The garden is very beautiful with nice views of the Tagus.

Visited July 2013
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“Very good collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Beautiful building and nearby. The collection very well presented, and a charming garden where you can stay a while and eat or drink something light.

Visited June 2013
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“a worthwhile collection with two must-see masterpieces”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Come here just for the Jerome Bosch tryptique and then do not by any means miss the second floor 1600 Japanese screens commemorating the first meeting of the Portuguese and Nippon in 1543, a priceless and fascinating work of art.
And then have a coffee or snack in the cafeteria, outside if possible in the garden

Visited June 2013
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“More breathtaking textiles and other wonderful art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I can't believe I am the first person to write a review of this lovely museum on TripAdvisor! I guess it just shows you how much there is to see in Lisbon, and how much this museum gets overlooked because of all the other sights that hog the attention!

To me, the museum's title is a little misleading. From "arte antiga" I would expect to see Medieval and Renaissance paintings and sculptures and that kind of thing. But while there were gorgeous paintings of some antiquity, what I saw primarily was textiles and furniture and decorative arts. And there are certainly museums in Lisbon who have the same thing, and in greater number, displayed to more advantage. So in that respect, this museum does take a back seat.

Over all, a nice museum, and if you are making a trip to Belem, it is kind of along the way, and you can easily stop by and spend an hour or so. And keep in mind - it is a little tricky to get there. From the main street along the water, where the Tram 15 stops, you will see staircases going up that are not indicated on any map. After you ascend several flights of these staircases - and be sure to look out over the water as you ascend, for a great view of the April 25 bridge and the Cristo statue - you will find yourself in a lovely small park. And then to your right, not far off, you will find the museum.

Good luck, and enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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