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“A unique and rewarding experience”

National Tile Museum
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$59.68*
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Lisbon Tiles and Tales: Tile Workshop and Private...
Ranked #34 of 497 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles, this specialty museum houses a splendid collection of decorative tiles dating from the 15th century to the present.
Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is an art museum and a history museum combined, tracing the history of tile as an art form and using that to help interpret the history of Lisbon. The collection of tile art from the 15th to 21st centuries is really quite spectacular, with many outstanding pieces, not least of which is the depiction of Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake. An added attraction is the fact that it is situated in an old convent, the ornately decorated chapel of which is worth a visit in its own right.
The free audio guide is well worth getting; while a little long-winded in places, it provides an excellent description of what you are seeing and its significance.
When your feet grow tired, take a break in the wonderfully cool and relaxing garden attached to the cafe.
Reachable by the 759 bus, a taxi is just as cheap for two people.
This has been our most rewarding experience in Lisbon so far, and I highly recommend it.

Thank Sangio7
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a great museum. The Portuguese love their tiles. There were some spectacular peices. The museum has a lovely cafe and courtyard. Also the mosaic of Lisbon pre 1755 is not to be missed!

Thank Kbadler
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

An acquired taste since everything is two dimensional and almost all the same color. We prefer ceramics. We were glad to visit but it was below our expectations.

Thank PRR
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

What a beautiful place! The building and the exhibition, all great. The only low pint for me was the modern work, which seemed poor and lifeless when compared with the older azulejos. Don't miss the chapel when you are there, amazing, though some more information would be good as there's so much to see in there.

Thank Baz27
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This museum was recommended to us and was really interesting. Lisbon has a lot of beautiful tile throughout and this gave us a chance to see different types and how it's changed through the years. I haven't seen tile museums before, so if you want something that's very Portugese, check it out.

Thank Lori W
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