Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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Visit the Museu do Azulejo in Lisbon

Get to know the National Tile Museum in Lisbon and know everything about its collection, history, construction and other information about how to visit it during your trip. One of the symbols of Portugal are its buildings and architecture, using the tiles as a form of decoration, the most traditional being those blue and white that can be seen on the facades. To have a little more knowledge of how this tradition and the style of tile began, nothing better to show tourists the appreciation and taste of the Portuguese for this art, through an exclusive museum on the subject. Located near the banks of the Tagus River, in the building where the Convent of Madre de Deus, which dates from 1509, operated, the National Tile Museum is a walk to the golden times of the country of the Iberian Peninsula, showing all the history of the tile in Portugal from works of the fifteenth century to the contemporary. See below everything about the museum, as well as the schedules and prices of the visit.

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History of the Museu do Azulejo

With the commemoration of the fifth centenary of the birth of Queen D. Leonor, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Foundation made some works in the cloister of the Madre de Deus Convent to make a large evocative exhibition with all the works and objects that the National Museum of Ancient Art had as heritage safeguard since the twentieth century. With the end of the exhibition, the possibility of creating a Tile Museum was questioned, taking advantage of the convent's spaces. In 1980, the Museu do Azulejo became National and became independent from the National Museum of Ancient Art.


Collection of the Museu do Azulejo

In the collection of the National Tile Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in Lisbon, there are beautiful and sumptuous pieces, with emphasis on a panel of tiles that represents Lisbon before the earthquake of 1755, which destroyed much of the city. The museum documents the entire history of the tile in the country from the 16th century to the present day, through two floors with many exhibitions and elements. Besides the beautiful collection with tiles and objects in solid gold, the National Tile Museum is installed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, with more than 500 years, in which some parts are still preserved, such as the cloister and the Arab room.

Arab room

Good to know

The Museu do Azulejo is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, with the last entrance at 5.30pm. The museum shop is open at the same time as the museum and the library is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5pm. The ticket costs 5€. On the first Sunday of each month the entrance is free.

How to get there

The museum is located at Rua da Madre de Deus, 4. To get there by subway or train, just get off at Santa Apolónia station, which is the closest station, a 20-minute walk from the museum. The easiest way is to go by bus using the 718, 742 and 794 lines that stop right in front of the museum or the 728 and 759 lines that stop at Avenida Infante D. Henrique, just 5 minutes from the museum.

How to get tickets

A normal ticket is 5 €

There are several combos in which you can also save money and get to know various sights of Lisbon. One of the combos is the Frente Ribeirinha where you can buy a ticket to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo + Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga + Panteão Nacional for 15 €.