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Free Lisbon Museums (a guide to enjoying art on the cheap)

Lisbonne Portugal est un musée de marche. Chaque rue, chaque bâtiment, chaque morceau de graffiti a l'histoire qui s'y rattachent. Lisbonne a aussi une étonnante collection de musées qui vont de haut arts à l'artisanat à des marionnettes (yeah - marionnettes). Encore mieux, les musées sont également très bon marché pour visiter ... mais, si vous êtes sur un budget, there's no need to worry.  Today I'll give you a list of Free Lisbon Museums and, for those which are not free - the days you can go for free.

Free Lisbon Museums


 Musée Calouste Gulbenkian - Nossa Senhora de Fátima Neighborhood

This is an incredible museum and although it is not in the center of town it is absolutely worth the visit. Calouste Gulbenkian put together an incredible collection of art from all places and time periods and we are lucky that the 6,000 pièces (including some master pieces by the likes of  Rubens, van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Corot, Renoir, Boucher, Manet, Degas et Monet) sont dans ce magnifique espace. Meilleure partie, il est pas un musée à fort trafic, afin que vous puissiez profiter de l'art sans avoir à attendre que les gens se déplacent hors de la voie d'une pièce. Il est vraiment une expérience muséale confortable.  When you are done, prendre une bouchée au café en plein air du musée dans les jardins, ou rendez-vous sur El Corte English (consultez la cour de nourriture dans le sous-plancher) pour un bon casse-croûte.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is located at de. Berne 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 782 3000

Hours of Operation: Sun-Mon 10AM–6PM, Tuesday - Closed, Wed-Sat 10AM–6PM

Adulte Prix: 10€.  Free entry Dimanche à partir de 14 heures.

S'y rendre: San Sebastian ou Espagne Stations carrés

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga - Santos Neighborhood

I went to this museum a lot. The collection here is outstanding with its jewel being the Temptation of Saint Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch. Il y a plus que 40,000 pieces of art here. This is a serious collection...and as a bonus, there is a great restaurant with a gorgeous view over the river. While this one is not free every Sunday, it is free the first Sunday of every month. 

The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is located at R. Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisboa +351 21 391 2800

Hours of Operation: Fermé lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.

Adulte Prix: €6.00 for adults, free the first Sunday of each month

S'y rendre: 714, 715, 727 bus to Rua Presidente Arriaga

MNAC (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea) - Chiado Quartier

Fantastic collection of contemporary art with a lot of Portuguese artists being represented. I learned tons not just about Portugal's art scene, but its history. Oh, a bonus is that the building it is housed in is absolutely gorgeous. Quick note, there are two buildings, so don't miss out. 

MNAC is located at R. Serpa Pinto 4, 1200-444 Lisboa+351 21 343 2148

Hours of Operation: Fermé lun, Tue-Sun: 10am-6am  

Adulte Prix: €4.50, free the first Friday of each month

National Coach Museum - Belem Quartier

If you're a car or transportation enthusiast, or if you've always wanted to see the prettiest method of transportation, you need to head to this museum. One note, there are two buildings, so make sure to enjoy them both. 

The Museu Nacional dos Coches est situé à de. da Índia 136, 1300-004 Lisboa+351 21 073 2319

Hours or Operation: Fermé lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Adulte Prix: 6€, free the first Sunday of each month


Museu do Oriente - Alcantara Neighborhood

A gorgeus collection that shows just how the Portuguese empire had expanded its reach to Asia. The collection is impressive (although some of the floors were quite dark making it hard to appreciate some pieces). A plus (for me at least), the museum was almost empty, so I was able to take my time and enjoy. 

The Museu do Oriente is located at: : de. Brasília Doca de Alcântara Norte, 1350-362 Lisboa+351 21 358 5200

Hours of Operation: Fermé lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-10pm

Adulte Prix: 6€, free Fridays from 6pm-10pm.


Musée Berardo - Belem Quartier

J'ai été époustouflé par la collection moderne incroyable d'art ici. Le musée comprend des pièces de certains des plus grands de l'art contemporain, dont Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte, Il avait l'air, Bacon, Jackson Pollock, et Jeff Koons.  Je suis encore plus impressionnés quand je vis que j'étais essentiellement la seule personne au musée. Ce musée est gratuit, but a guided visit for an adult costs  €5.  One weekend a month, visites guidées sont gratuites. Il suffit de leur donner un anneau pour savoir ce week-end, il sera le mois que vous prévoyez de visiter.

Musée Berardo est situé à: Empire Square, 1449-003 Lisboa

Hours of Operation: Lun-dim 10 heures-19 heures

Phone: +351 21 361 2878

S'y rendre: Tram 15 or 127 from Praça da Figueira or Praça do Comércio to the Jeronimos Monastery stop OR R train to Belem from Cais do Sodre. 

Museu da Electricidade - Belem Quartier

What a cool museum. It's an old electric plant and you get to see how electricity was produced back in the day. On the way out there are tons of games that help you (and kids) learn about electricity. There are also pictures showing the old electric workers, some of whom were children. It's on the river and right by the MAAT, so the location could not be more perfect.

Museu da Electricidade is located at: de. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal

Hours of Operation: Closed Mondays. Sun-Sat 10am-6pm.

Phone: 351 21 002 8102

S'y rendre: Tram 15 or 127 from Praça da Figueira or Praça do Comércio to the Jeronimos Monastery stop OR R train to Belem from Cais do Sodre.

Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade - Alfama Quartier

This museum is a great place to visit if you want to learn about Lisboa and the time they were under a dictatorship (1926-1974). The museum's mission is to keep the memory of the dictatorship alive so that democracy may reign forever. It's goal is to make sure that we do not make the same mistakes we made in the past. 

Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade is located at: R. Augusto Rosa 42 1100-091 Lisboa

Hours of Operation: Fermé lun, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm 

Phone: +351 21 817 2400

S'y rendre: Tram 25E or 28. 

Núcleo Arquelógico - Baixa Neighborhood

This is probably one of the coolest free Lisbon museums. When the millennium BPC building was being renovated in the early 90's, they found some amazing archaeological sites, plus de 2,500 years of history in Lisbon can be seen here (including a Roman spa and a fish salting factory). If you're a history or archaeology buff, this is a site you should not miss. 

Núcleo Arquelógico is located at: Rua dos Correeiros 21, 1100-061 Lisboa

Hours of Operation: Fermé dim. Mon-Sat 10am- 12pm, 2pm-5pm

Phone: +351 211 131 004

S'y rendre: Metro to Baixa-Chiado

Museu do Design e da Moda - Baixa Neighborhood

The building is currently under construction, but should be amazing once it re-opens (should be late 2017). Its collection has been moved, last I heard it is at the Convento da Trindade, so it is a good idea to email them before planning your trip ( The museum deals (obviously) with fashion and design and has some incredible pieces by the likes of Francisco Capelo,  Phillipe Starck, Charles Eames, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Henningsen, Vener Panton and Tom Dixon. Worth a visit and definitely will be a must see once the building is back up and working. 

Hours of Operation: Fermé lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Check website for holiday hours. 

Phone: + 351 218 886 117

S'y rendre: Metro Baixa-Chiado

REMARQUE: make sure to check with the museums prior to your visit in case they update pricing. 

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