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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
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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No being a native to everything Portuguese I truly wanted to embrace to whole tradition of Fado. It's sort of country and classic music mixed together. The melodies were lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2016
Lisbon, Portugal
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even though the museum is relatively small, it has been well designed and is a worthwhile destination, whether or not you have already been exposed to Fado. You will hear Fado artists from the early days of the movement, as well as contemporary artists, and learn more about what Fado means to the Portuguese. Don't miss the video, in which... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In my opinion this is one of the best museums in Lisbon. It is organized so well. As it is about Fado music, you get to receive a "phone" like device where you can type in the number and listen the music or audio guide. Except the music itself on three levels, there are some artworks of Fado musicians. There... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum about Fado in a nice neighborhood outside the center of Lisbon. This museum does a great job of explaining the many facets of Fado music.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately, due to timing, we never had a chance to enjoy a fado performance. We did take our kids to the wonderful Fado Museum where we were able to sample some music, learn about the life of musicians, and gain some insight into the neighborhoods and social history of the origin of the music .... consolation prize that came with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Wish there was more life and energy to the museum. Wish there was an introductory film. Overall it is okay, but not a great museum. Free earphones are appreciated.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We went on a hot day almost only to cool off. Such a cool, modern museum with a great layout. You get a hearing device to guide you which was nice. You could hear both the history and music. The was also several films showing in different formats. But the art in the place was just amazing. We also went... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

No being a native to everything Portuguese I truly wanted to embrace to whole tradition of Fado. It's sort of country and classic music mixed together. The melodies were lovely the history rich and even though I did not understand the songs they were catchy and I am certainly going back for more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This was a chance find and an exciting one for me as I have loved Fado for a long time. I was not disappointed. It gave much information, but more important as one walked around one could listen to all he great fadistas (is that the term?) like Emilia and Marissa etc. It wont be everyone's cup of tea but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I was surprisingly disappointed in this museum. I wanted to learn about fado music, knowing very little about it to begin with. The opening movie was made up of interviews with musicians that I am not familiar with, talking and talking about how they feel about fado, which is how any musician feels about her/his own art form, so I'm... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We went here on our last day in Portugal and had listened to Fado in Coimbra and in Lisbon several times... and had a feel for the up close and personal experience. Yet the museum experience brought it all together. Note: be sure to get the head phones as it makes the self-guided tour more understandable. And allow for at... More 

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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.