Museu do Fado
Museu do Fado
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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
About
Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade between people and communities.
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  • Philthechauf
    Fuseta, Portugal87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Fado Music
    We discovered Fado music in a bar a few nights before, and while walking around the area we came across the Museum. It was very informative and covered the whole Fado history. You could listen to the various artists who covered the whole history of the music. The information was well presented and the audio handset just helped to make it a great afternoon
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Jeff B
    Seattle, Washington1,144 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Indifferent staff. A dedicated Fado fan will enjoy the content.
    2.5 Overall. SERVICE: 1.5. Other than one person, the staff we encountered appeared indifferent, bored, or unfriendly, or all three. For example when we made a purchase in the gift shop, the unsmiling cashier treated us as a bother. CONTENT: For a dedicated Fado fan, probably rates 4.0 or more. For me, it rated a 3.0 as it ended my Fado journey from enjoyment (after seeing a performance in Coimbra) to indifference (after seeing a performance in Lisbon) to unenjoyment. I did enjoy the display of string instruments and the video on their artisanal production process. Also interesting were the displays that allowed one to choose Fado singers and listen to their performances.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Ferenc M
    United Kingdom1,077 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just an absolutely brilliant museum
    This place is just perfect. If you didnt know or like Fado before you will now. Ignore the bad reviews, our head phones worked perfectly and the staff were so superbly helpful. The rooms are brilliant with pictures, paintings, a room to listen to music in an armchair, great videos . some instruments and wonderfully laid out. the museum is actually Lisbon's first pumphouse. Downstairs are temporary exhibitions and there was a superb one when we were there about an individual Fado stars life and work. The shop is so good its dangerous. Aside from an amazing range of CD's, got all sorts of stuff and of course books and even some nice pottery. This is a 'must not miss' if in Lisbon.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Ed C
    Birmingham, United Kingdom143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fado!
    Very informative and has a thorough and exhaustive level of detail if you want it - or you can skate through at the level you want. The auditorium has a film with various fado greats telling you what fado means to them, upstairs there is a video room with recordings of many of the same people performing. There is a sound and info library section where you can call up and play lots of artists over headphones. The audio guide is included and also enables you to pick and play lots of fado greats. It's nicely laid out and a great introduction to this music and reasonably priced.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I love this museum because it tells the story of a unique music form and one of Portugal's greatest products, fado. Some good film and lots of recordings to listen to. A couple of issues: They have a room with listening stations where one can dial up all of the famous fadoistas, but 2 out of the 3 listening stations were not working. Also they do not provide much information on the evolution of fado after the 1974 revolution.
Written April 19, 2022
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Margie D
York, PA1,715 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
This museum has many pictures and recordings to listen to the music of singers and guitarists. We did not spend more than 30 minutes here, as we were not interested in listening to each and every one. There is a video to watch in their theater, with singers sharing how Fado impacts them. And, a great gift shop.
Written January 12, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,471 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
You've got a museum dedicated to a single style of music and walking around inside most of the museum you could hear a pin drop it's so quiet. Not what I expected at all. We went here in hopes of learning some more about the music, origins and development but were also really hoping to hear some great examples as you wander about. The museum is very basic and there's a lot more display to look at than to walk through and read a story about it all. Other than the lower floor with the temporary exhibit, the only place to hear music is to sit in one of three very worn chairs and put on a pair of headphones and look through a large library of artists. This is very interesting were it not for the community headphones (especially in Covid times). I still learned a little more than I knew going in but not quite what we were hoping for overall. And the silence was maddening.
Written December 26, 2021
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centrallondonfamily
London, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. The reviews I read had led me to think there would be very little music which was absolutely not the case. I am now wondering if those people did not pick up the included audio guide handset. As you go around the museum, there are numbers next to the exhibits which you key into the headset. You then listen to both commentary and fado music. I learned a lot about the history of the music which was very interesting as well as getting a good flavour of the different styles. I would recommend this museum.
Written April 1, 2023
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Even if you do not fancy Fado music it can be a interesting visit. There is a even a little film about how they construct the guitar that is used to accompany the fado singer.
If you like fado than you will enjoy the room where you can sit and listen to the music on a headphone.
Written April 17, 2022
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Sunshinew0887
Quincy, MA166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I love all types of music and was interested to learn more about Portugal's iconic fado performers. The museum displays feature an eclectic collection of instruments, paintings, posters and programs, and other items. Visitors can also watch short informative videos and listen to recorded performances of various fado artists. A visit to the museum would be great preparation for going to see a live fado show.
Written May 14, 2022
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Graeme W
Edinburgh, UK108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I knew very little about Fado before my trip. This museum is devoted to this niche musical genre, little known outside Portugal and without commercialisation. I learned a lot and heard some remarkable music. I’ll not be a fado afficiando anytime soon but this was interesting and informative, good value and presented in an engaging way
Written June 17, 2024
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Ed C
Birmingham, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very informative and has a thorough and exhaustive level of detail if you want it - or you can skate through at the level you want. The auditorium has a film with various fado greats telling you what fado means to them, upstairs there is a video room with recordings of many of the same people performing. There is a sound and info library section where you can call up and play lots of artists over headphones. The audio guide is included and also enables you to pick and play lots of fado greats. It's nicely laid out and a great introduction to this music and reasonably priced.
Written March 18, 2024
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Jeff B
Seattle, WA1,144 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
2.5 Overall.

SERVICE: 1.5. Other than one person, the staff we encountered appeared indifferent, bored, or unfriendly, or all three. For example when we made a purchase in the gift shop, the unsmiling cashier treated us as a bother.

CONTENT: For a dedicated Fado fan, probably rates 4.0 or more. For me, it rated a 3.0 as it ended my Fado journey from enjoyment (after seeing a performance in Coimbra) to indifference (after seeing a performance in Lisbon) to unenjoyment. I did enjoy the display of string instruments and the video on their artisanal production process. Also interesting were the displays that allowed one to choose Fado singers and listen to their performances.
Written September 29, 2023
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NKelly186338
London, UK542 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The first thing you notice about the museum is how quiet it is. I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the music - in a good way and you only get to hear it around the half way point. There are also some headphones but some were not working. This museum needs some work!
Written February 27, 2022
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