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“Hard to find, and nothing amazing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Tile Museum

National Tile Museum
Rua da Madre de Deus 4, Lisbon 1900-312, Portugal
(351) 21 810 0340
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Ranked #11 of 183 Attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles, this specialty museum houses a splendid collection of decorative tiles dating from the 15th century to the present.
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“Hard to find, and nothing amazing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We took a very long walk to find this museum... and it was okay. Not terrible, but probably not worth the trek unless you are really into the tiles and want to know a lot more. There are some interesting displays, but, overall, we found this to be quite average.

Visited November 2012
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“Tiles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

On my first trip to Lisbon I marveled at the tiled buildings and sidewalks. On my second trip I visited the National Tile Museum and really enjoyed learning the history of tiles and seeing the numerous wonderful displays. It was the perfect activity for a couple of hours on a rainy day.

Visited October 2012
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“the BEST of THE BEST!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The National Tile Museum has positively got to be one of THE best places in Portugal to visit to experience the uniqueness (and perhaps one might even use the word, "genius" in this respect) of the traditional Portuguese aesthetic!! Firstly, the museum is housed in the architectural gem of the "Manueline" Convent of Madre de Deus situated on what was once almost the shoreline of the River Tejo. The main portal of the building is, I think, an almost-perfect 19th c. reconstruction of the original "Manueline" doorway. The church in this convent ( I do not know how much of what one sees today has been re-built/restored and how much of it actually survived the earthquake of 1755, because the unity of guilded wooden carving and wall tiles and paintings on the cofferred ceiling look perfectly harmonious....) is a wonderful amalgamation of artistic "churchwork"--e.g. guilded carved wood, paintings, tiles, etc.-- from the 16th through 19th centuries. Secondly, the collection of TILES here , exhibited chronologically from the 15th c.through to the 21st c.,, is unequalled for their range and quality---they have much of "the BEST of the best" on display in their permanent collection---including an incredible, and vast, early 18th c. blue and white tile "panorama" pictorial view , from the river , of the Lisbon shoreline BEFORE the earthquake of 1755!! --- and there is at present also an excellently-curated temporary exhibition of tile panels and relevant ceramics. Thirdly, and reason enough to visit this museum if only for this, is their cafe: It is adjacent to a quite salubrious and lovely shaded garden area (in which one can eat and drink and relax when the weather permits). The cafe's walls are themselves covered with a totally UNIQUE and idiosyncratic set of 19th c."kitchen" azulejos depicting a riot of food products--fish, chorizos, hares, "leitao" (suckling pigs), game birds, gourds, cheeses etc.etc. all "hung" , that is, depicted as though these were actually hanging from the walls! .And even if the food offerred weren't quite good (which it actually IS!!), sitting and eating among these tiles alone would be reason enough to take a meal here!! This Museum is absolutely NOT a place to be missed when visiting Lisboa!!

Visited November 2012
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“Essential viewing in Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

If you want to understand Lisbon, go there first, you'll see how the azulejos (tiles) have been linked to the Lisbon scenery for centuries. Lots of marvels to see in this small museum set in a beautiful building.

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“Yes - a tile museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I wasn't too excited about going to a tile museum.Sounded boring, this was anything but.It turns out to be a first rate art museum.The tiles are magnificent.Also there is a really impressive reconstructed over the top , Rocco coo (?) church.Well worth going to!

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