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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 2 other guides
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Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Phone Number: 351 21 882 34 70
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its...

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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Interesting and informative

Being new to Fado, and Portugal in general, it was a very nice introduction to the music. I enjoyed learning about the history of Fado. I especially liked the movie they ran... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Scott B
Springfield, Pennsylvania

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was one of the famous places that I have been. The most exciting experience. The fado music is an inseparable part of the history of Portugal.

Thank KarinANDJud
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Some parts of this museum were quite interesting, such as being able to listen to various fado singers. On the whole though, it was a large building with not much in it.

Thank Ann S
Springfield, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being new to Fado, and Portugal in general, it was a very nice introduction to the music. I enjoyed learning about the history of Fado. I especially liked the movie they ran with the various Fado musicians and singers talking about their musical genre. The photos they had with all of the famous Fado performers that were linked to the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

It is centrally located with very nice staff. No wifi though. A small place with a small store and a little movie theatre where you can hear the fado players tall about how they feel fado. There could be more music in the movie. Other than that there is enough music in the whole museum. Nice bathrooms.

Thank Katraynella
Hamburg, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

If you want to get an impression of what fado is, the museum is okay. But if you want to visit an actual fado-concert at the restaurant, proceed with caution since they seem to be quite picky about their customers. If you don't look like you are going to spend much and maybe even are alone chances are that they... More 

Thank Brongo K
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This small museum provides a good introduction to the history, artists and the Portuguese guitars of fado. The listening station covers a comprehensive discography of known artists and their haunting voices. Nice gift shop.

Thank UnabashedFoodie
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This museum is great way to get introduced to Fado music. You get to learn about the music, artists and various Fado guitars.

Thank James E
Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Fado is very traditional music you can only find in Lisbon. It's a must for every music lover as it is so unique - even the instruments. I surely enjoyed listening to the various Fado artists - traditional and modern. Please keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays. It is located in the beautiful Bairro de Alfama.

Thank MsDolly07
Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited this small museum at the end of a visit to the amalfa neighborhood. I found the display somewhat disappointing. The content revolves around the artists. There are few informations on the historical and sociological background. Also no info on the music itself. Only if you have spare time or if you are a big fan of fado.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This a small museum but beautifully laid out and curated. At each exhibit you hear the music associated with the artist/piece through a clever hand held system (set up at the beginning ot be in your language).

Thank manderlay

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.