Museu da Eletricidade

Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon: Hours, Address, Museu da Eletricidade Reviews: 4.5/5

Museu da Eletricidade
4.5
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Overlooking the Tagus, in the suburb of Belém, the Electricity Museum is a cultural center, a science museum, a Museum of Industrial Archaeology and a space for contemporary art temporary exhibitions.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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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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Philip H
10 contributions
Dec 2021
Well preserved heritage and a cathedral to engineering - excellent museum, well worth visiting after a custard tart at Pasteis de Belem!
Written December 3, 2021
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Andreagiulia
Naples, Italy33 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
It seems to be in the past.
It’s a real trip in a real place.
This was the centre where all Lisbon’s electricity was made.
Very very real.
There’s a recreative area to make simple experiments, also proper for kids.
Written November 7, 2019
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Samuel
Thal, Switzerland4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
The coal-fired power station was awesome! You can walk through the inside of the burner, and explore all (!) parts of the power station. Also it is in a very good state and the building looks very nice. The explanation film is unfortunately not at the beginning of the tour, but with all the explaining charts and the poster you can get a good knowledge about this place by yourself.
I would recommend all technology interested people to visit this place!
It was my highlight of our 3 day visit.
Written October 27, 2019
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Stephanie R
4 contributions
Sep 2019
Definitely worth a visit. Well put together, in a great position next to the MAAT , easy access from Lisbon by bus or ferry
Written October 12, 2019
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blountville_TN_2019
Blountville, TN2 contributions
Sep 2019
I was overwhelmed by the quality of the restoration of the boilers, pumps, generators, and whole building structure. Knowing how dirty a functioning power plant can be, it must have been an enormorous task for the restorers to clean, paint, shine, and color code the piping. Signs along the way explained what you were looking at (in English too). Some of the equipment (like pumps & generators) had their tops removed so you could see the perfectly restored internals. There are mannequins placed to show what it was like working there. Being an engineer familiar with power plants, I could have easily spent 3 hours there but my wife was ready to go after 1. After all the equipment, there is a large interactive play area geared for kids (and playful adults) to teach about all things electricity. Even if you don't care about the equipment, you will appreciate the meticulous restoration and the presentation. Oh by the way, your admission ticket gets you into an adjacent building for art displays that change periodically, plus the plant is located along a beautiful walkway beside the busy river.
Written September 23, 2019
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Willows Lea
Guildford, UK265 contributions
Aug 2019
Attracted by the twin offering of a tour of a decommissioned power station, and a modern art installation we dashed in - our main mistake. You need time to appreciate the detailed effort which has gone into making the huge items of machinery and their uses, spread over several floors and halls, accessible to visitors, and we ran out of time. What we did see was fascinating, but I can believe that some interest in machines and human ingenuity involved in electricity generating will be a great help.

The art installation was a promotion of "young artists" - and that should have been a warning. Most of it was faddish, a little desperate for ideas, and overly navel-gazing - very much the preserve of youth I suppose, and much was also incomprehensible, not helped by spoken word devices in Portuguese and French for the most part.

One single exhibit did leap out - a portrait of a lady in twenties fashion, over a desk with a series of photos, in a moodily lit corner. Very atmospheric, and begging an answer to the question of what had happened to create this.
Written September 11, 2019
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docandmaria
Lisbon, Portugal73 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Just playing with words. This is a fascinating location with an interesting history of how this station powered Lisbon. They have preserved large portions of the original mechanisms and give thorough technical explanations and historical facts. We were fortunate to be invited to an event held inside. The interior has been restored and presented in a very interesting and attractive manner with several levels and views from different angles. Fascinating location.
Written July 9, 2019
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia480 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
The building of former power plant is spectacular. It feels almost as temple of technology. The museum is very interesting. One could divide it in two parts: one is dedicated to the power station, the other - to technology in general, mostly to energy-related physics.
Also don’t miss the walk along the beautiful modern embankment.
Written May 19, 2019
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George K
Aberdeen, UK83 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This museum was excellent. It excelled in explaining the entire electricity generation process in a engaging and entertaining way that everyone could understand. It is housed in a decommissioned power station and in addition , has galleries dedicated to modern art and robotics.

My wife particularly liked the robots - one (in the form of an 'angle poise' lamp) was designed to detect emotions when spoken to and reacted to that. There was also an industrial robot that wrote with a pen and another that moved coloured balls round an obstacle course. Other exhibits included robotic vacuum cleaners, prosthetic limbs, a human exoskeleton and R2D2.

One of the best technology museums that we have visited and at only 2.5 Euro for seniors, outstanding value .
Written March 24, 2019
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766form
London, UK11 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
This museum combines technology and modern art exhibits in two separate buildings. The modern art includes some very inventive, funny and interesting pieces. The technology exhibits are placed in an equally fascinating former electricity power station.
Written February 18, 2019
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