MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
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Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is a new cultural proposal for the city of Lisbon. A museum that combines these three fields in a space for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. An innovative project that brings together a new building, designed by the architect Amanda Levete, and the Tejo Power Station, an example of Portuguese industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country. MAAT reflects the desire to present national and international exhibitions with contributions from contemporary artists, architects and thinkers. Contemplating great themes and current trends, the programming will also present diverse curatorial views on the EDP Foundation’s Art Collection. MAAT programming began on June 30 2016 with the presentation of four exhibitions in renovated rooms at the Tejo Power Station. On October 5 2016, the new building opened the doors with a large-scale work specifically conceived by the French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster for this space. Through MAAT, the EDP Foundation brings new energy to the city of Lisbon’s culture and landscape. The diversity of the programmes and spaces make this an important stop in the city’s cultural map. A venue created for all audiences, of all ages.
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Neighborhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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Katie H
23 contributions
Couples
Random random random. Felt like I was tripping the whole way round. Not what I expected. Quirky neon modern art installations. Not suitable if epileptic. Interesting info about the power station. If you are very into quirky modern art and a deep thinker you'll probably like it!
Written November 28, 2021
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,518 contributions
There are 2 building; the old industrial building and the modern 'wave' building. I went in the old building which had some beautiful modern art on display, but the main bulk of the building is a stunning museum for the old power station. Definitely worth a visit.
Written February 28, 2020
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TinekevB
Amstelveen, The Netherlands366 contributions
Family
You can get tickets for either one of the buildings or both. We were interested in the technology part. The guy advised to buy tickets for both as he claimed they were all over the place. Not true. The old building (former Power Station) houses the technical part. At the end of the tour there is an area where kids can experiment with lots of things. The adult 'kids' like it as much as our granddaughter. The new building houses only art exhibitions.
Written August 3, 2019
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Lisa K
Bristol, England, United Kingdom5 contributions
Friends
I went with my daughter as she planned it as part of our Lisbon trip. I am an architect and teach design and technology and she thought it would be perfect for me. The building itself was great-good views and an interesting form but we paid 18 euros and were in the building for no more than 20 minutes. We thought we had missed some of the exhibits as all we could find were a world map showing how we are destroying the environment; a few laser cut architectural models; out dated video reels and a fairly interesting “labyrinth” of city videos-that’s pretty much it. We have better in our home town local museums. Go and see the building and enjoy the views but save your 18 euros for something else.
Written July 12, 2022
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Pollyscrypt
Glasgow, UK102 contributions
Couples
We visited this museum yesterday and loved the power station part, interesting to see how it worked and the hard work men would have had to do to get this working for the city. We’re from Scotland and there were machines from our country from the engineering firms of that time, nice to see the link between countries.
The rest of the exhibition had different sections which were okay - modern art, photos but maybe could do with a basic guide or change as it did seem abit random as it all merged together.
Written May 30, 2022
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Laura B
Oxford, UK61 contributions
Solo
In mid-September they close to prepare the exhibition for October. Weird. I just visited the technology bit which is basically a re-built coal power station. It is nicely done and interesting but not worth going back for me.
Written September 18, 2022
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natwnixon
5 contributions
Solo
Great museum- I especially appreciated the installation on the ground floor featuring exploration of communities of color in Portugal via music/video/architecture references. It was a nice antidote to the “Portuguese as discoverer” narrative. Also, having a beverage along the River at their river cafe is a tranquil experience. I’d make this a stop on a return trip to Lisbon.
Written July 10, 2022
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Lilian E
15 contributions
Couples
The building is spectacular and the views are amazing. BUT the museum does not know what it wants do be. Modern art installations are next to exhibitions on climate change, historical portugese figures and power plant turbines. The whole layout is chaotic and quite random.
Definitely more interesting for locals, not tourists.
Save your money for something else.
Written April 17, 2022
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Ellen C
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA85 contributions
There are actually two museums here - the art/architecture and the technology (electrical museum). It is worth visiting just to see the art building which is constructed of white tiles that emulate waves - it is fantastical. (Unfortunately the art displays inside are forgettable.) The technology museum is an amazing gigantic museum of the original Lisbon boiler. I know that sounds stupid but it's spectacular, so large and beautiful. It is the "old" electrical power station that that at one time served all of Lisbon and has been totally restored as an art museum.
The MAAT is on the water near Belém Tower (we took the train from Lisbon to Belém Station it's a short walk along the water to the museum.
Written January 13, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
While visiting Lisbon, you cannot miss MAAT! This is the new "Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia" and already a Lisbon's landmark. On the banks of the iconic Tagus River, in the historical "Belém" quarter, stands this recently opened cultural complex, where the new building coexists fantastically with the old Tejo Power Station. Both buildings hold permanent and temporary exhibitions on 38,000 m². From the "pedestrian" roof of the new building, the most amazing views of the Tagus and its bridge! You can combine your visit with other main attractions in the "Belém" area, as the "Torre de Belém", "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos", "Museu Nacional dos Coches" and last but not least, the famous "Casa dos Pastéis de Belém" (with the delicious and unforgettable Portuguese "Pastéis de Nata"). Enjoy!
Written March 31, 2020
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