How to make a museum about music? Include lots of music! Seems obvious but it would be so easy to have a few static displays and miss out on the sounds. Not so this museum. The €5 entrance includes an audio guide which as well as the usual voice overs includes a vast array of music samples. There are many photos of fado singers within this small museum and for each one you can dial the number into the guide and hear a sample of their singing. Plenty of information about the history of fado, video footage from fado houses (including watching the audience enjoy the experience) and many examples of Portuguese guitars on display. The highlight for me was the listening room where you can sit in a comfy chair, don the headphones and choose from a menu - this gives you songs to enjoy while reading about that particular singer. I made plenty of notes as to stars that appealed to me and music I must acquire. The museum shop is well stocked with fado CDs so the opportunity to build my library started right there. There were only three seats in that section but while I was there (Saturday lunchtime) there was never a queue even though I stayed there for ages.
My partner was much less interested so I left him in the adjacent restaurant/bar which has a pretty courtyard where he enjoyed a drink leaving me to appreciate the music.
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