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“Tile heaven” 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 #10 of 184 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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“Tile heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is one kind of art and craftsmanship the Portuguese lead the world.
It is out of the city centre and poorly signposted - but the bus drivers were helpful - a really wonderful Portuguese trait. Taxi is another way to get there.
Superb collection in a former nunnery - complete with a marvelous gilt and tile chapel. Fairly quiet when we were there, so it is relaxing. Lovely courtyard cafe, too.
Get out of the crowds, and see some real Portugal.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful tile art!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is definitely an interesting museum! It's a bit outside the center of the city and we had a hard time finding it, but it was worth it once we did. The tile exhibits are beautiful!

Visited May 2013
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“Highly recommended site beyond the central-city circuit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

3 stories of exquisite displays in a former convent easily reachable by bus or tram from Praco do Commercia main plaza or from Santa Appolonia final stop in Metro blue line.

Uncrowded. (No bus groups, yay!)

We went after reading a recommendation by Frank Bruni of The New York Times, and are glad we did. Sublimely pleasant cafe with inside garden courtyard tables, wine or beer and unexpectedly fine food (far, far better than at the Gulbenkian museum at the city's north end).

Don't miss the tile-wall city panorama (pre- earthquake) on the top floor.

Visited September 2013
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“One for the tile fans!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This museum is away from the centre - you'll need a bus or taxi to get there - but it has an interesting collection of tiles set in an old convent building. Courtyard cafe is cool and pleasant.

Visited September 2013
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“Impressive but not time consuming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

My friends and I visited on a Sunday and found out to our pleasure that it is free on Sundays! We took the 759 bus from Plaza Figueira and the bus driver was kind enough to tell us when to get off! From the bus stop, you cross the street and walk down towards a church and it is on the right side of the road. We thoroughly enjoyed every room from the early tile work to the church to the modern tile work.... but best of all is the panorama tile composition at the very top floor of Lisbon pre-earthquake! I would recommend going at the end of your trip so you can recognize what is what on that panorama. Neat little gift shop as well and friendly staff, plus a cheap cafe inside! We took a little over an hour and saw everything we wanted to see.

Visited September 2013
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