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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Largo Portas do Sol 2 | Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 888 1991
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features...

Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features decorative arts from the 15th through 19th centuries, including textiles, furniture, painting, jewelry and ceramics. Guided tours to the Arts and crafts workshops which feature artisans demonstrating traditional crafts like bookbinding, wood carving and working with gold leaf.

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Nice building in front of the Mirador Santa Luzia

The Palacio Azurara from the 17th century lies charming on a square above the Alfama and contains the Museu De Artes Decorativas. This collection is a real treasure trove of... read more

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Wurzburg, Germany
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Wurzburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Palacio Azurara from the 17th century lies charming on a square above the Alfama and contains the Museu De Artes Decorativas. This collection is a real treasure trove of precious furnitures, paintings, porcelain and wall rugs which are accommodated in beautiful decorated rooms. They give you an unforgettable insight of the life of the wealthy people and testify a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are at all interested in furniture or design, this is a very interesting place to spend an hour. The museum is bigger than it looks from the outside, as it is housed in an old "palace". Seeing the room set up as they might have been in the past was very interesting. There is a lovely painted carriage... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 535 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

There is an open area on the Largos Portas do sol where there were a pile of Tuk tuks sitting around and a small park with a spectacular view of Lisbon across the way on it. also sitting on this open area is the decorative red building that is the Museum of decorative arts, certainly adds to the mood of... More 

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Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Quiet inside and expansive, each area or piece has a story behind it, being a smaller museum with no crowds and having time to read, stop and take in the personal nature of the artefacts made it tangible. The foundation established to preserve the skills is long sighted but perhaps not well appreciated in these modern days. The curators- young,... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

I do not know the origin of this museum. I suppose it is another rich man's mansion with a collection of exhibits (paintings, furniture and decorations) from the 15th/16th century. The entrance fee is only €4. The place is not large. The chariot on the ground floor is quite beautiful and there are a few attractive pieces upstairs. But on... More 

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Vancouver, BC Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016

The museum is a Portuguese treasure, and perhaps the most memorable thing on my entire trip was a separate behind-the-scenes tour of their restoration and reconstruction workshops. The museum cost €4 and the tour cost €10 – each fee was a bargain. Tours are offered 11 am or 3 pm Mondays & Wednesdays, and 3 pm Tuesdays. The museum is... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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Reviewed October 8, 2016

We happened upon this lovely museum by chance and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The museum is lovely, a reasonable size, and the staff were very interesting and helpful. But the real gem was the private tour of the workshops that are available if you sign up at the front desk for a 3:00 tour. The... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Well worth visiting for the historic building, tiling etc even if you're not interested in the furniture and art. Small, perfectly preserved merchants house. Allow around 1 hour. Cafe and shop selling up market modern design. Close to cafes and viewpoints easy to fit in.

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Reviewed October 1, 2016

Small but very nice museum well furnished as a palace. You will see European and also Asian art. There is also café with nice patio.

Thank Jindrich M
Central Portugal, Portugal
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Close the the Patriarchal Cathedral and with a great view over the Tagus you will find this " hidden " Palace now called Museu de Artes Decorativas Portugueses , also known as the PALACIO AZURARA or even the Foundation Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva . I visited this City Palace on a Friday ( 16th/09/2016) in the Morning hours and... More 

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