Museu De Lisboa
Museu De Lisboa
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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
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There are five poles of the Lisbon Museum: Pimenta Palace, Roman Theater, Santo António, Torreão Poente and Casa dos Bicos. Five distinct spaces, with valences and complementary objectives, which share a mission: to reveal Lisbon in different ways, showing the richness of one of the oldest cities in Europe. The Lisbon Museum is one of the cultural spaces integrated in EGEAC.
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO748 contributions
Oct 2021
Since we love to learn about the history of the places we visit and since Lisbon has such a long history, this is a perfect place to do that. We went to the Palacio Pimenta location. It's a little out of the core of the old part of the city but is a very simple train ride if you have any experience with subway systems. Learning about the long history of Olisipo as it came into the Roman Empire in 137 BC and beyond was so interesting. We knew a lot of the basics coming in but primarily from the exploration days of the 15th and 16th centuries. Taking this back and seeing just how rich the history was for more than a millennium prior to that is pretty incredible, especially when coming from a country where written history only dates back a few hundred years. From the Romans through the Moorish times and into the middle ages there is just so much to learn that I found myself reading everything. Add the fact that all of the displays have an English version was awesome as well - certainly not expected but very helpful. One of my favorite parts was the map from the 1500's showing the layout of the city and then the model of the city from around the time prior to the great 1755 earthquake. Such a cool experience. This is not likely on the list of many coming to Lisbon for a short visit but a highly suggested place from me that does not require much money or a lot of time but is so informative.
Written January 9, 2022
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MetalPhoenix
Sesimbra, Portugal479 contributions
Jun 2021
A very reasonable entrance fee of 3E. The museum is arranged in chronological order starting with prehistory. After we saw the first half, we walked around the garden and had lunch in their small cafe. We saw the special exhibit on horticulture in Lisbon and then returned to the main building to see the rest of the city museum. Highlights for us: some of the Roman artifacts were quite remarkable, as was the section on medieval Lisbon. In the second half, we really enjoyed the large model of Lisbon and the section on azulejos. This would probably not be a great museum for kids-- you have to do a lot of reading (though signage is in English) and there's not a lot to interact with. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it.
Written June 26, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,874 contributions
Mar 2022
I was underwhelmed by this simple city museum. It is located in a pretty old mansion with a lovely garden. But the display of city history is simple and sketchy and stops prior to Salazar, so it is very limited. Still there are some great artifacts here.
Written May 9, 2022
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,580 contributions
Aug 2021
The Museu de Lisboa: Palácio Pimenta is more of a delightful ‘extended complex’ than it is just a single unit. The museum’s English brochure available free at the ticket office is among the best I’ve seen anywhere!

This very interesting complex consists of:
-- the museum proper, set out as a rectangle on ground level with a beautiful central courtyard; also, a special exhibit, on an upper floor, for lovers of Fado;
-- the courtyard itself - lovely just to sit on a bench and soak up the sun and the silence;
-- the Palácio Pimenta Garden - from the courtyard into marvellous greenery, lots of benches under leafy canopies, and large families of beautiful peacocks strutting their stuff;
-- a special/temporary exhibition hall, within the Palácio Pimenta Garden, featuring Lisbon Vegetable Gardens from the Middle Ages to the 21st century; and,
-- the marvellous Garden of Bordalo Pinheiro, complete with copies of some of the ceramics also seen in the the Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, located opposite Museu de Lisboa: Palácio Pimenta across the huge park (Mário Soares Garden) on the other side of Campo Grande. (See TA review for Mário Soares Garden).

The museum proper is in the shape of a ‘hollow’ rectangle, with a central courtyard, on the ground level. The exhibits cover periods of pre-history to current times. Each room has a particular theme, with artefacts that are well displayed and clearly labelled in both Portuguese and English. There are also information boards in each room, in both Portuguese and English.

Once through the ‘rectangle’ and back at the entry lobby, head through the courtyard into the Palácio Pimenta Garden.

The Pimenta Palácio Garden is filled with beautiful and seemingly very vain peacocks. :-) But, really a delight to watch and photograph. Lots of shaded benches to relax on and just soak up the ambience. Later in the morning, I caught sight of a small coffee/snack kiosk there, as well.

Adjacent to the Pimenta Palácio Garden is the Bordalo Pinheiro Garden, which is basically a ceramic-filled garden. There were a couple of small groups of kids there, absolutely thrilled with all the ceramic animals. The hedges, the flower gardens, the little fountain, the tile work - just couldn’t ask for a more gorgeous setting!

Staff: very helpful!

Hours open (as of this writing - September 2021):
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays

Admission: €3, with discounted rates for kids and seniors

Getting there:
Several ways - try Google.
I took the metro (yellow line) to Campo Grande metro station. Depart metro station, use down escalator, proceed straight ahead across traffic arteries (all with traffic lights) - under the huge overpass. The Museu de Lisboa: Palácio Pimenta is immediately on your right. (Almost impossible to miss.)
Written September 2, 2021
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Amy C
Erie, PA66 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
If you are in the vicinity, then absolutely stop by for a stroll in the gardens to see the peacocks. They are beautiful, and a nice stroll in the garden is quite peaceful. You can, however, skip the museum. Yes, there are images, paintings, and historic maps that give a brief overview of Lisbon, but there is virtually no context to explain these items. There is very little explanatory material in Portuguese and almost nothing in English, so you get no sense of the city's remarkable history.
Written June 22, 2017
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David H
Waalre, The Netherlands173 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
The exhibition in a fine old city house takes you from the Palaeolithic to the declaration of the Republic. Presentation is a touch old-fashioned only in Portuguese, but entry is free.
My favourites were the model of pre-earthquake Lisbon and the engravings of the damage caused.
Written October 3, 2015
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,179 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
Unfortunately closed when I came here, due to the new covid-19 restrictions and lockdown... normally the garden would be free to visit, all I could do now was peek through the gate :-(
Written February 23, 2021
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globeseeker007
globeseeker0073,295 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
This museum is across the street from the metro station and there is no admission charge. The building contains paintings, watercolors, and drawings pertaining to Lisbon throughout the centuries. There is dated furniture, dishes, and other items throughout. A section I liked was the part containing the drawings of the damage done by the earthquake in the mid 18th century. The negative part of the museum is that all of the explanations are in Portuguese.
Written May 13, 2016
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Fiona H
East Sussex, UK183 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
The museum will not appeal to everyone as most of the descriptions are only in Portuguese but even not understanding the descriptions it shows how Lisbon has developed over the centuries.
Wandering through the old building is interesting with old kitchens and lots of tiled areas. However the unexpected star of the visit is the gardens that contain lots of animal ceramics by Rafael Bordalo - it's worth a visit just to see the gardens.
If you enjoy the gardens do visit the Museu Bordalo Pinheiro which is just across the park and has more ceramics plus some of his drawings and caricatures.
Written February 5, 2016
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AsiaExpatIndonesia
Indonesia152 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
This isn't the top destination for tourists but it's quite a little gem off the beaten path. A very Portuguese eccentricity about the place - kids will love taking a stroll through the imaginative ceramic garden and walking among dozens and dozens of peacocks. The museum itself could use some updating to make it more modern and interactive, although a large map of pre-earthquake Lisbon is a good start. There's a ton of stuff going back to pre-Roman times, old azulejos, etc.

It's interesting to see that despite the big debates about headscarves, if you look through the old paintings and azulejos you can see that pretty much all the Portuguese women used to have their hair covered.
Written January 3, 2015
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