Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Hannes
    Tallinn, Estonia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All about the art of Portuguese tiles
    Great tour through the centuries of tile-making in Portugal with short explanations and clear display (also in English) – only art and motives, no technology and manufacturing (for those there are tours combining the museum and workshops). The museum is in an old convent that's a monument by itself. Beware there is a lunch break.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • pez-oz33
    Smithfield, Virginia270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Pleasant Surprise
    I am not particularly enamored by most museums. However, this one was a pleasant surprise. I had expected to take about 45 minutes, but spent about 1 1/2 hours looking at all the intricate tiles and artwork comprised of ceramics. Lunch in the courtyard was nice as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2023
  • katecok
    Brisbane, Australia34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended visit while in Lisbon
    This museum provides an overview of several hundred years of tiles used in Portugal. The layout is arranged around central courtyards on several levels, and you can wander in and out of rooms, and up and down stairs as you like. There are labels and short descriptions on most exhibits, but more historical context and detail would be appreciated.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Sydneysiders100
    Kirrawee, Australia45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but be careful of Google maps walking there
    The museum was absolutely beautiful. If you are walking there from downtown be aware that Google maps takes you on the wrong side of the train line and into a very dodgy area where the only option is to walk a narrow road on the freeway. Much better to be on Calcada da Cruz da Pedra then R.Me. Dues. Make sure the train station is on your right as you head towards the museum. Far safer or better still - take a taxi or Uber - they’re very cheap.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • fam27
    Toronto, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum
    What a beautiful museum. We weren’t sure if we wanted to go there but it is so beautiful and is a great way to see the craftsmanship of Portugal. Highly recommend taking a bus there - it is quite a hike from center of Lisbon.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Joules1811
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting & beautiful tiles
    I love tiles, so I was really looking forward to visiting. The museum is based outside of town, we walked and got a tuk tuk back. The exhibitions are interesting, but more information would help join everything together. The building was part of a convent & is 15th century, the chapel inside is truly stunning. Paintings adorn the ceiling & the chapel is covered in guilt work. In particular this area was missing information. The muesum has a nice cafe and shop, it closes over lunch time, so check timings. If you like muesums and tiles you will enjoy visiting, but it is not for everyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Marianne S
    London, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely tiles & a bit more
    Lovely variety of tiles. A small modern section and a very heavily gilded dark chapel towards the end of the self-guided tour of this lovely setting. Teens were okay with it but not very engaged. Tiles in the cafe were also lovely. Would love a short video of the history or traditional crafting of these tiles.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Gloria
    London, United Kingdom208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection, audio guide app can use some improvements
    Really nice collection of tiles and beautiful building. Where i managed to follow the audio guide, the information was well curated and interesting. However, the signage is a bit poor and the audio guide numbering very difficult to follow, and I missed multiple sections of it. The app also kept crashing, but while it’s a bit of a shame, the collection is simply wonderful and the Lisbon landscape tiles were breathtakingly awesome.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • BLDTraveler
    Fort Worth, Texas836 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    You might think that a visit to a tile museum would be a bore, but that is not the case. We really enjoyed it and it certainly changed our insights in to the art of tile making going back centuries. Everything from decorative to religious to simply practical tiles were on display. Display were well described and we were amazed after we realized we had spent at least 2 hours there. Really quite fascinating and I am sure nothing else like it in the world. It is down near the bay and a bit away from the center of town where we stayed, so an Uber ride.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • HAS_08
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tiles in a dusty setting
    Located a short taxi ride East of the central part of Lisbon, the visit was well worth the detour. First, it was much less crowded than any other tourist attraction we visited. The tiles themselves were varied and beautiful. It’s a very unusual collection in a neat old building. As others have said, the signage is minimal and the museum is rather run down. But there are many beautiful gems to be found.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 5, 2023
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Adrian S
Northampton, UK134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Went on a Sunday, arrived at 11am to find long line at the reception with only one person selling admission. As we paid (5€ each) we saw a sign saying due to staff shortages it would be closing from 12:30 - 2pm.
The exhibitions were OK but many were only described in Portuguese which limited how much you could learn about them. The most ornately decorated chapel shown in the photos is not accessible and can only be viewed through a window.
On a hot day this may be a pleasant sanctuary from the heat.
Written March 1, 2020
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The museum is nice and you get great explanations about the technic and the history of Azulejo.
Note that the museum is pretty big... and at some point it feels like you've seen everything... But globally a great museum!
Written March 20, 2020
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paulandc0
Sintra, Portugal4,644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Before you get there, you should inquire about the opening hours, especially in times of Covid. This is all the more important as the Museum is a bit out of the way. We were quite surprised to see the Museum close for lunch. Perhaps a way to send people to the cafétéria: fortunately, it has a very nice setting.
The Chapel was closed, due to Covid we were told 🤔.
Perhaps the most beautiful work in the Museum is a flemish painting dating back to 1517 and which was part of the original Convent. Too bad it is very poorly illuminated.
All this being said, there are quite a few beautiful azulejos here and it is definitely well worth a visit. Although for our part, we have enjoyed azulejos more when in their original setting (Palacio dos Marqueses da Fronteira and Quinta dos Azulejos - the latter now having been turned into a College).
Written October 4, 2020
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland1,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This is one of my favourite museums in Lisbon. As azulejos play such an important role in Portuguese architecture and decoration, this museum helps understanding the origins and the development of tiles - materials, themes etc.
Walking in the museum is very pleasant. As it is hosted in a building that used to be a convent there are overwhelming views especially in the chapel. The inner garden is very peaceful.

I walked there from Alfama - quite a long walk - but it can easily be reached by bus. There is a bus stop just outside the museum.
Written February 3, 2020
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Linda S
Wilmette, IL40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The museum is far from city center. We walked from Alfama area and it was a bit of a long walk through a quiet commercial area.
I tried to download the app and use the app as the audio guide but it didn’t work. And therefore We did not get an audio guide as no one offered it. It would have been very helpful. It’s a couple of floors of tiles showing the history of the process/region but without the reference of an “expert” the whole place was just like looking at tiles on a street in Lisbon.
The very old tile map at the end was a great way to see the city with some post earthquake sites still visible today
Written February 14, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The amazing museum is located in the former Convent of Madre de Deus (founded in 1509) so the building (the cloister, vestry, upper choir, and St. Anthony’s Chapel) and its original tile work are spectacular examples of 1500’s art and architecture in themselves. In Portugal glazed tiles have been used since the 13th century. Initially tiles displayed plain colors and geometric shapes, but by the 16th century more decorative patterns, based on Hispanic, Moorish, and Islamic knot work and geometric patterns, emerged. These were gradually replaced by European motifs with plant and animal patterns, as well as gothic and romantic motifs. The museum’s collection traces tile development from the second half of the 15th century to present day. It was wonderful to wander from room to room and watch the stylistic changes in the tiles as time progressed. We saw everything from giant religious wall presentations and altarpieces, to fully-tiled rooms and stairwells, to hunting scenes and flowers, to fairytales and legends retold in tiles, to colorful tiled maps of Lisbon. St. Anthony’s Chapel was especially impressive—beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling with a huge dome, blue and white tiled scenes along the back and side walls, and baroque gilding throughout. This museum is truly one of a kind—a Lisbon must see.
Written March 25, 2020
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rpsw11
Albuquerque, NM217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
1st time at Museu Nacional Azulejo. Recommend 1.5 to 3 hours to enjoy the history of Tiles in Portugal - very impressive, including The Chapel. We took a Taxi from Downtown and on the way back we did not wait that long for a Taxi to take us back to downtown (Reasonable Taxi fares).
Written August 10, 2020
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It was easy getting to the National Tile Museum from the Santa Apolonia cruise ship port because bus 759 stops at the bus stop, Cais Lingueta, which is directly opposite this port, and also stops at the National Tile Museum. This route took about 7 minutes. The entrance to the museum is at the side of the church (see google maps). I stayed for 1 ½ hours. Note the hours for the Museum as they are not continuously open during the day. There is a covered, shady courtyard café for sandwiches (2E), coffee (1E), pastries, and a gift shop which didn’t have any inexpensive tiles (under 5E) to buy as souvenirs.

Inside the museum, the tiles were displayed on walls on 2 floors. The tiles had bilingual labels including English which included the year and location where the tile had been placed. An information board briefly explained the history of Portuguese tiles - the designs used in Islamic and European motifs, where they were used, and the preferred colors. A display case showed the steps in creating and coloring the tiles. The tiles on display ranged from single tiles to 2x2, 4x4, etc., to wall/carpet tiles framed with a frieze/frame. While the Islamic inspired tiles had interesting geometric designs, the ones with European inspired motifs caught my attention with their landscape and daily life scenes. One of the carpet tiles using a European motif showed the wedding of a chicken with the chicken in the carriage being driven by animal coachman. What a laugh! Of course, the church wanted wall tile carpets with religious scenes and these too were on display. The amount of tiles on display was staggering! There was also a short documentary video on the history of Portuguese tiles showing many insitu.

From the 2nd story there was a balcony that allowed visitors to view the interiors of the church, Igreja Madre Deus, and then after actually enter the church. It was eye candy! Not only were the lower portions of the walls tiled with religious scenes, above those tiles and, even, the ceiling was covered in gilt framed paintings. Gilt details abounded around the altar. It was great to see the wall tiles insitu.

The entrance fee was a reasonable 2.50E for seniors. This was a memorable visit to see such a variety of tile collected in one building.
Written December 19, 2022
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texasshark
texas222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I have always been impressed with tile and it’s use in buildings and art. This serene museum lays it out in chronological order so you can see the evolution from the Moorish, geometric tile to the later tiles with figures and nature. The different colors and patterns are impressive. It’s a bigger museum than expected. Very glad we spent the time to see this place.
Written December 31, 2019
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amvrf
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Walking to the museum there is little signage and we expected the building's exterior to be in a better state of repair, but don't let this dissuade you from visiting. A 5€ ticket let's you gain access to multiple rooms and floors highlighting the evolution of tile work in Lisbon including a panorama of the city itself. There's also a complete gilded chapel and reliquary that shares the building. I was hoping to have more displays on the Moorish influence of the art form, but this was perhaps captured in some of the non-translated descriptions. There was a large Christian influence. We noticed a conservator in a small workshop and we're also slightly disappointed we couldn't find more information on azulejo restoration. The café is as beautiful as the exhibits, and we enjoyed lattés and a slice of carrot cake. There's a draft from the courtyard (housing a number of small garden beds and peculiar pigeons) so be sure to close the doors behind you when deciding to enjoy time outside. The gift shop and chapel are closed briefly between noon and 2pm so be sure to plan accordingly. The gift shop had a number of beautiful things and even books in English! I would return in a heartbeat.
Written January 5, 2023
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