Carmo Archaeological Museum

Carmo Archaeological Museum

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
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
Write a review
About
The Carmo Archaeological Museum is situated in the ruins of the old Church of Santa Maria do Carmo, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. This church was known as one of the most beautiful Gothic temples in Lisbon until the earthquake of 1755, which caused serious damage to the building and destroyed almost all of its religious-artistic contents. Its re-construction began in an experimental Gothic style in 1756 and stopped in 1834, when the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. In 1863, royal architect, Joaquim Possidonio da Silva, founded the Portuguese Civil Architects Association. About one year later, in 1864, the Carmo Archaeological Museum was installed there for the storage and display of important sculptures from old ruined buildings. Curing the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. the museum houses a collection which dates from Pre-History to the present day and shows the way people have thought and felt in different areas of culture throughout the ages.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 3 min walk
  • Rossio • 3 min walk
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
2,862 reviews
Excellent
1,541
Very good
1,043
Average
227
Poor
38
Terrible
13

Tony McMahon
London, UK305 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a ruined church with a tragic story. It was full of worshippers on November the first, 1755 when an earthquake struck Lisbon and the roof fell in on everybody. Little wonder, the city kept the ruins as a memorial. I think to fully appreciate and "feel" the place, you need to know the back story. It's incredibly sad.
What you find today is the remains of the medieval church with many of the arches still intact but otherwise the sky right above you. I love walking around it and it's very photographic.
It's got popular with tourists so the queues have got longer and getting those intimate shots with nobody in the background has got harder. But still very much worth a visit.
Written August 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nadina P
New York City, NY280 contributions
May 2022
If you love ruins and a great historical story, this is a great site to visit. As such a person, I'm glad I went! You can easily spend less than an hour here. Just beware of the strange inside exhibit; I'm not really sure why there were gruesome Peruvian mummies there? I was just taken aback, but some visitors were visibly shocked and upset by these.
Written July 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Martin H
Hong Kong, China642 contributions
Jun 2022
The old ruins are worth a visit during the day. There isn't too much to see but for the price, its worth stopping in for 30 to 45 minutes if you're in the area.

What is worth a visit is their evening presentation light show inside the church. This only runs Wednesday to Saturday nights and starts at 9.30pm and lasts for about an hour. It's beautifully done. Ask for a stool when you enter as it's a long time to stand or to sit on the floor.
Written June 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Abovetheclouds
1,492 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
This is included as part of the convent entrance ticket and I highly recommend coming. Information is in Portuguese and English. The video in the last room is very helpful and gives you a lot of good information. This is also done in both languages. The museum isn't huge but packs a lot in. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Just a note, when you come in, turn right and do room one first and then follow on from there. The first room you see upon entering will be room three. Myself and most guests did the same thing and then went up and down! It doesn't really make a difference but it's just easier! They have fast free wifi too. There is a small museum shop just outside selling books and a few other items.
Written April 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sarah Elizabeth
London, UK133 contributions
Feb 2022
A beautiful building and a detailed museum, a must see in Lisbon. I love that you're free to sit on the steps for as long as you like just gazing at the sky inside the convent; a few locals were sitting and painting the site too. A must-visit in Lisbon!
Written February 19, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

PabloMaxNJ
Wayne, NJ154 contributions
Aug 2022
They've taken the ruins of an old church and turned it into a home for a very impressive collection of relics from all over Portugal. Very interesting and worth the line outside to visit. They also hold theater performances in the main area of the church--would be a very spectacular place to see a show.
Written September 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1,575 contributions
Sep 2021
We enjoyed a brief visit to this interesting museum and ruins. It costs 5 euros to enter and then it a peaceful oasis to sit and look at the ruins. There is a short film inside the museum which explains what has happened over the years.
Written October 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

kbearne
North Yorkshire, UK672 contributions
Jan 2020
I recommend this attraction as a nice place to spend an hour. You can get some lovely photos in the ruins, which also are home to a resident cat. There is also a museum on the site included in the entry fee which had some interesting and unique artefacts.
Written March 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

maserk
Colorado Springs, CO1,664 contributions
Sep 2021
The roof of this church was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon. They've left the roof open, which is a very cool effect and allows you to get a better idea how these old cathedrals were constructed. It doesn't take a very long time to walk around here, even if you go see the items displayed in the "inside" part at the end. It's pretty cool though ... well worth seeing.
Written September 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David M
London, UK835 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Whilst not religious, I find the symbolism and imagery of a church wrought low by nature quite fascinating. Normally buildings like this would succumb to urban planners or further acts of nature but here you can still see the shell of a building changed forever by the earthquake of 1755. The price is fairly low at 5 euros pp and includes a small museum with some curiosities. Go early before the crowds for the best photos.
Written February 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 748
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Carmo Archaeological Museum, Lisbon

Frequently Asked Questions about Carmo Archaeological Museum

Carmo Archaeological Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Carmo Archaeological Museum tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 7 Carmo Archaeological Museum tours on Tripadvisor

Hotels near Carmo Archaeological Museum: View all hotels near Carmo Archaeological Museum on Tripadvisor

Restaurants near Carmo Archaeological Museum: View all restaurants near Carmo Archaeological Museum on Tripadvisor