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A modern political history of Lisbon

A fascinating and disturbing insight into dictatorship, the Military (1926-33) and the Estado Novo... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
A worthwhile visit

This was a significant part of my time in Lisbon. The museum was put together well and informed me... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Rua Augusto Rosa 42, Lisbon 1100-059, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating and disturbing insight into dictatorship, the Military (1926-33) and the Estado Novo (1933-74). The site of the museum has been used as a prison since Moorish times. Although it first became a political prison under the Military. The museum represents the long struggle...More

Thank K M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a significant part of my time in Lisbon. The museum was put together well and informed me on a part of Portugal's history that I was not familiar with. It was a thoughtful process and quite stirring to see what people experienced in...More

2  Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum explores the dark days during Salazar’s rule and offers a compelling look at Portugal’s not too distant past. This reminded me of the Stassi Museum in Berlin in many respects. The exhibitions are very well done and thought provoking. This museum might be...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum offers a chronological description of Portugal's transition from rigid monarchy into democratic republic, the rise of fascism following World War I, the careful perpetuation of dictatorship from the 1930s into the 1970s, and finally the emergence of Portugal in the mid-1970s as one...More

Thank Martin L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was interested in what tour guides were saying about Antonio Salazar and wanted to know more. This is an activist museum housed in a former prison that tells only one side of Salazar from the opposition’s perspective. I am not clear who funds it?...More

Thank Skay1942
Reviewed August 28, 2018

this is a museum to interest anyone who would like to know more about how Portugal got where it is today. by the resistance and perseverence of its ordinary (and extraordinary) people. well presented and sometimes moving exhibits. A small museum and won't take too...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2018

This museum quietly explains the impact on the people of Portugal as fear constrained any questioning of the government. It was eye openning to the three of us who have never feared speaking out when we have disagreed with our own government. Though many exhibits...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2018

This tells the story of the years Estado Nova under Salazar from 1932 to 1968, falling six years later. This is one of the prisons that the secret police used during that time and shows why this was not "soft" fascism, but the real thing....More

1  Thank Ed O
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Great display of how resistance groups have coped with dictators and war since the First World War and includes information on Portuguese colonies with recent history. You’ll be able to align history with what is happening today in some countries. Wink wink. 3 floors of...More

Thank Arqueolady
Reviewed August 11, 2018

This museum focuses on the history of Portugal when it was under dictatorship rule. It was a fascinating museum and well laid out to clearly show you the development of the dictatorship and its downfall. The use of accounts from people living in the time...More

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Hi, I’m not certain if there are texts in English. I’ll confirm and let you know tomorrow. It’s a small but very relevant place for portuguese polítical history. And the surrondings are great. Close by you can see Se de... More