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

Lisbona Portogallo è un museo a piedi. ogni strada, ogni edificio, ogni pezzo di graffiti è la storia ad esso collegato. Lisbona ha anche una sorprendente collezione di musei che vanno dalle arti alte all'artigianato di burattini (yeah - burattini). Anche meglio, i musei sono anche abbastanza economico per visitare ... ma, se siete su un bilancio, 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

MUSEI LISBONA con ingresso gratuito la domenica

 Museo 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 pezzi (including some master pieces by the likes of  Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Corot, Renoir, Boucher, Manet, Degas e Monet) sono in questo spazio splendido. La migliore parte, non è un museo con traffico intenso, in modo da poter godere l'arte senza dover attendere per le persone a spostare fuori del modo di un pezzo. E 'veramente una confortevole esperienza museale.  When you are done, uno spuntino al caffè all'aperto del museo presso i giardini, o oltre al capo El Corte inglese (controllare il food court in sottofondo) per un piacevole spuntino.

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

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

Prezzo per adulti: 10€.  Free entry Domenica a partire da 14:00.

Arrivarci: San Sebastian o stazioni di Piazza di Spagna

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. Ci sono più di 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: chiuso lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.

Prezzo per adulti: €6.00 for adults, free the first Sunday of each month

Arrivarci: 714, 715, 727 bus to Rua Presidente Arriaga

MNAC (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea) - Chiado Quartiere

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: chiuso lun, Tue-Sun: 10am-6am  

Prezzo per adulti: €4.50, free the first Friday of each month

National Coach Museum - Belem Quartiere

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 si trova a di. da Índia 136, 1300-004 Lisboa+351 21 073 2319

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

Prezzo per adulti: 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: : di. Brasília Doca de Alcântara Norte, 1350-362 Lisboa+351 21 358 5200

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

Prezzo per adulti: 6€, free Fridays from 6pm-10pm.


Berardo Collection Museum - Belem Quartiere

Mi è stato spazzato via dalla collezione d'arte moderna incredibile qui. Il museo comprende pezzi da alcuni dei più grandi dell'arte contemporanea, tra cui Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte, guardò, Pancetta, Jackson Pollock, e Jeff Koons.  Mi è stato ancora più incantati quando ho visto che ero praticamente l'unica persona al museo. Questo museo è gratuito, but a guided visit for an adult costs  €5.  One weekend a month, visite guidate sono gratuite. Basta dare loro un anello per scoprire cosa fine settimana sarà il mese che si intende visitare.

Berardo Collection Museum si trova a: Empire Square, 1449-003 Lisboa

Hours of Operation: Lun-dom 10:00-07:00

Phone: +351 21 361 2878

Arrivarci: 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 Quartiere

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: di. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal

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

Phone: 351 21 002 8102

Arrivarci: 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 Quartiere

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: chiuso lun, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm 

Phone: +351 21 817 2400

Arrivarci: 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, su 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: chiuso dom. Mon-Sat 10am- 12pm, 2pm-5pm

Phone: +351 211 131 004

Arrivarci: 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: chiuso lun. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Check website for holiday hours. 

Phone: + 351 218 886 117

Arrivarci: Metro Baixa-Chiado

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

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