Museu Do Aljube

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Museu Do Aljube
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Terreiro do Paço • 5 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 8 min walk
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Sarah Elizabeth
London, UK133 contributions
An intense journey through the fight against the dictatorship from 1926 to 1974, highlighting the terribly sad history of thousands of mistreated liberals. It was unreal being inside the building that used to imprison so many innocent men, women and children and learning exactly what horrific ordeals they experienced in their fight for freedom. Highly recommend a visit.
Written February 19, 2022
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne473 contributions
This is an inexpensive and interesting museum with well set out displays and it provided a structure for understanding more about the struggles of the Portuguese over so many many years of dictatorship. There are good explanations in English. If only we understood Portuguese we would have learnt even more. This history is in living memory and the stories from those who experienced the hardships (and torture) bring history to life. Lest we forget.
Written February 24, 2020
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RafikiLondon
Hong Kong, China504 contributions
I had just visited the the Castelo de São Jorge for the afternoon and spotted the sign for this museum. The small simple entrance opened up to three floors of fascinating Lisbon, Portuguese and colonial history. But this is not the story of glorious men, fatherland and empire that you will see almost everywhere else in Portugal. Instead these are the difficult and sensitive stories of women and men who were suppressed and silenced both in Portugal and overseas: The Three Marias, the African nationalists and the Anti-fascists. This museum is quite unlike any other and draws back in time when the building itself was a women's prison. For a very different look at the history that many former imperial powers avoid take a walk around here.
Written November 28, 2021
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avrilritchie
Dundee, UK307 contributions
Best equal museum we visited in Lisbon. Atmospheric enlightening and so informative. We spent a long time here so engaged were we with the material on display. Thoroughly recommend a visit here - some uncomfortable viewing and reading but very necessary for deepening understanding not just of Portugal but the world - very relevant to contemporary themes!
Lovely cafe.
Entrance very cheap - they should really charge more.
Written January 21, 2020
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Wouter V
5 contributions
Worst museum I've ever been to. The texts at the exhibits are poorly translated to English, they all have difficult to follow sentences, are full of unexplained acronyms, and are mostly just a dry summary of years and names. The focus is not on the narrative or the story, it seems like this is a museum for robots. See the pictures attached for examples.
Written October 2, 2021
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Bronwyn
113 contributions
Really amazing museum; small but powerful. Went here with a large group which was a bit dicey, but learned a lot about the Salazar era and resistance by the Communist Party of Portugal. Great way to begin my trip and very eye opening.
Written September 9, 2021
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Happyfeet84
Cape Town237 contributions
This museum is housed in the old prison in the centre of town where thousands of political prisioners were interred during the dictatorship. The well curated exhibition offers a much need history of Portugal's transition to democracy as well as the anti-colonial struggles in its many colonies. A must - visit. And entry is free.
Written June 27, 2016
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edufierro
Mexico City, Mexico2 contributions
Couples
The history of the museum and the Portuguese dictatorship is so interesting and heart breaking that this museum, in one of the prisons where political prisoners suffer the most, just doesn’t express it.

Throughout the museum, all you can see is text everywhere, nothing but a couple of videos and 3 prison cells are visually impacting. Halfway through the recommended tour, you just want to stop reading the overwhelming amount of text and think that you would be better off staying at home and reading a book about that terrible historical period.

If the museum really wants to create awareness and a historical conscience, particularly among the youngest that didn’t lived through that period, they need to create a more impactful atmosphere through images, videos, testimonies and displays. You could really learn a thing or two of other museums like the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
Written August 17, 2019
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Weskicolo
Vail, CO101 contributions
Family
The previous reviewers explained this is a gem of a museum. While walking in the Saint Anthony parish area, we kept passing this museum. I have been to a few museums in Lisbon and I kept asking what happened in Portugal from World I to the 1908's? This museum explains the regime during the Salazar years. The docent walking around was a great conversationalist. The explanations are in English. The documents are in Portuguese as they should be. The 3rd and 4th floors sparked great conversation with our teenagers. It reminds of how important it is to be educated on facts and having an educated electorate is so important. A free press is imperative.
Written June 14, 2017
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mickw522017
Manchester, UK43 contributions
This museum was too new to feature in any of our guide books. We found it just outside the Sé as we walked around Alfama. It chronicles the resistance to the fascist Salazar regime of 1928 to 1974. This may not be everybody's idea of a holiday treat but we found it fascinating and enjoyed talking to the young and very enthusiastic members of staff who were keen that this bit of Portuguese history should not be forgotten
Written April 3, 2017
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