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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade between people and communities.
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fado music is probably Portugal's greatest cultural export, and here you get to learn about its origins, its current status, and future directions. This museum is really well laid out and curated, even for the complete beginner. It's very hands-on and interactive, and the highlights are the "analog Spotify" feature of getting to listen to samples of hundreds of fado singers over the decades. You get a great overall impression both from the old paintings and guitars, and then the longer videos of singers past and present. The audio guide (included in the entry fee) is very informative as well.

An excellent intro to fado, and a way to get a greater understanding of Portuguese culture.

Thank NK419
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Everyone that is at least a bit curious to know more about fado try this musem. You really get involved in the scene, the story and music... really must visit

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Fado Museum is well presented and accessible whatever your level of knowledge. There are plenty of visuals - It isn't too text heavy - and the audio-guide ( at least the English version) is well delivered. I knew a little bit about key singers before the visit but came away with much better knowledge, especially about the development of Fado and its historical and social context. You can spend 1 hour or 4 hours here - it is up to you. Two highlights are the documentary downstairs - it really is well worth sitting through the 45 minutes listening to the expertise and passion of singers, guitarists and historians. The second is the three chairs on the second floor where you can sit and scroll through a menu of several hundred Fado singers, and then look at their biography and listen to an excerpt of their music. I'd recommend going to the Fado Museum early in your visit to Lisbon before you go to a Fado House. Fado is so central to the Lisbon story it would be a shame to miss it.

Thank Leigh H
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

The museum takes you through the history of how this music got its start. We enjoyed learning about it and listening to the various artists. The gift shop is well stocked with CD's if you are looking for FADO music to collect. The clerk was very helpful and sold us a terrific CD that has an assortment of the most popular FADO singers of all time. We love the CD and will always remember our visit there.

Thank Shiraz-2011
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