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“directions for walking from Sta Apollonia metro station” 5 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 #8 of 216 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Art Museums, Specialty 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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“directions for walking from Sta Apollonia metro station”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The 794 bus stops at the museum door, but we couldn't see the 794 bus stop at the metro station so, having read that it's an 800 metre walk, we decided to go on foot. Lucky we had a map because there are no signs anywhere to keep you on the right track. Leave the metro station on the Line 1 side, turn right and just keep walking, under the Vasco da Gama bridge, until you see the convent gates. The entry is off the road on the lower side. It took us about 15 minutes, the chapel alone is well worth the walk, the tiles are very interesting, and we had a very nice inexpensive snack lunch at the restaurant/café.

Visited February 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Great all round atraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Situated in a splendid 16 th century convent the museum has a great collection of tiles (from old to 20 th century great portuguese artists). Moreover at the site (included in the price of the museum) you have by far one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon.

Finally had a fab cappuccino with a really delicious up side pineapple cake. So don't forget to visit the cafeteria (also beautiful tiles there coming from two old palace kitchens in Lisbon)

Visited February 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The tiles tell the history of the country and are nice in and of themselves. However, there's an amazing church right inside the museum, which could serve as a separate attraction. It's great!

Visited January 2013
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Sacramento
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“Great tiles, wish there had been more information about tile history and creation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I went to the Tile Museum on a Sunday, when admission is free, and I'm so glad I did, because I went through the museum pretty quickly, even though I saw everything, some things twice. I thought the tiles were beautiful, and it was very interesting to learn about their context, but I had been hoping for a little more information about the history behind tiles in Lisbon, and how they're made, or some other interesting facts or knowledge of tiles. As it was, I left with some fantastic pictures, and with a glad feeling from having been able to see so many pretty tiles.

Overall, I'd say, go on a Sunday, because otherwise I'm not sure the entrance fee is worth what you get.

Visited January 2013
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Saratoga Springs
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“So many tiles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We took the bus here, it lets you off about three blocks away, looks like kind of a run down area but there were four of us walking from the stop trying to find the museum and we were fine. We arrive in the morning and there were few other visitors which was nice. We enjoyed learning about the history of tiles and the development of the different styles and how other cultures influenced over time. Make sure you visit the top floor at the end to see the panoramic tile picture of Lisbon.

Visited July 2012
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