Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles, this specialty museum houses a splendid collection of decorative tiles dating from the 15th century to the present.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Kip W
    Oakland, California74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss the tiles!
    If you appreciate Portuguese tiles, you’ll love this museum. Many examples of the 16th century style are on display as well as others that take you through to contemporary artists’ interpretation of the genre. The whole museum is well laid out and easy to follow. Don’t miss two important areas: the gilded 16th century sanctuary that is part of the original convent, and the 3rd floor early 18th century tiled panorama of Lisbon that illustrates the city as it existed prior to the 1755 earthquake.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • SDSVJPS
    Orlando, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Worth a Visit!
    I wasn't sure what to expect at this museum. I had seen pictures and thought it would be a nice way to spend an hour or two. We were blown away by the amazing tiles in this museum. It's so hard to believe that some of these tiles are over 600 years old! There is lots to see and the museum has a nice layout where you can wander through room after room of breathtaking tiles. It wasn't too crowded and was overall one of the highlights of our visit to Lisbon.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Hannes
    Tallinn, Estonia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All about the art of Portuguese tiles
    Great tour through the centuries of tile-making in Portugal with short explanations and clear display (also in English) – only art and motives, no technology and manufacturing (for those there are tours combining the museum and workshops). The museum is in an old convent that's a monument by itself. Beware there is a lunch break.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • pez-oz33
    Smithfield, Virginia270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Pleasant Surprise
    I am not particularly enamored by most museums. However, this one was a pleasant surprise. I had expected to take about 45 minutes, but spent about 1 1/2 hours looking at all the intricate tiles and artwork comprised of ceramics. Lunch in the courtyard was nice as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 May 2023
  • katecok
    Brisbane, Australia34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended visit while in Lisbon
    This museum provides an overview of several hundred years of tiles used in Portugal. The layout is arranged around central courtyards on several levels, and you can wander in and out of rooms, and up and down stairs as you like. There are labels and short descriptions on most exhibits, but more historical context and detail would be appreciated.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Sydneysiders100
    Kirrawee, Australia45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but be careful of Google maps walking there
    The museum was absolutely beautiful. If you are walking there from downtown be aware that Google maps takes you on the wrong side of the train line and into a very dodgy area where the only option is to walk a narrow road on the freeway. Much better to be on Calcada da Cruz da Pedra then R.Me. Dues. Make sure the train station is on your right as you head towards the museum. Far safer or better still - take a taxi or Uber - they’re very cheap.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • fam27
    Toronto, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum
    What a beautiful museum. We weren’t sure if we wanted to go there but it is so beautiful and is a great way to see the craftsmanship of Portugal. Highly recommend taking a bus there - it is quite a hike from center of Lisbon.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Joules1811
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting & beautiful tiles
    I love tiles, so I was really looking forward to visiting. The museum is based outside of town, we walked and got a tuk tuk back. The exhibitions are interesting, but more information would help join everything together. The building was part of a convent & is 15th century, the chapel inside is truly stunning. Paintings adorn the ceiling & the chapel is covered in guilt work. In particular this area was missing information. The muesum has a nice cafe and shop, it closes over lunch time, so check timings. If you like muesums and tiles you will enjoy visiting, but it is not for everyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Marianne S
    London, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely tiles & a bit more
    Lovely variety of tiles. A small modern section and a very heavily gilded dark chapel towards the end of the self-guided tour of this lovely setting. Teens were okay with it but not very engaged. Tiles in the cafe were also lovely. Would love a short video of the history or traditional crafting of these tiles.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Gloria
    London, United Kingdom208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection, audio guide app can use some improvements
    Really nice collection of tiles and beautiful building. Where i managed to follow the audio guide, the information was well curated and interesting. However, the signage is a bit poor and the audio guide numbering very difficult to follow, and I missed multiple sections of it. The app also kept crashing, but while it’s a bit of a shame, the collection is simply wonderful and the Lisbon landscape tiles were breathtakingly awesome.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
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Toronto, Canada100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A little different type of visit while in Lisbon! The museum is based outside of town, we took a bolt. The exhibitions are interesting, but more information would help the story. The building is impressive and was part of a convent from 15th century, the chapel inside is truly stunning! The church alone is worth visiting!!
Paintings adorn the ceiling & the chapel.
The museum also has a beautiful courtyard and cafe to serve! This museum is not for everyone but a truly unique Portuguese experience
Written 20 May 2024
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Tirpitzz
Castlegar, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a must see when you come to Lisbon. A little out of the way but easy access by bus. We hopped on bus 759 and it stops right out front. No wait to get in.the museum. Inside the history of the tiles is interesting and so many old and beautiful murals made with tiles. The museum is set in a 500 year old convent, the building and the church are beautiful. Make sure you peek around the screen on the main floor or from the cloister balcony where you can see several people working on individual tiles. Behind them are hundreds of small crates of tiles just waiting to become works of art again. The third floor has a 75 foot view of Lisbon before the earthquake. Easy place to spend an hour or more.
Written 15 May 2024
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Mike M
Placitas, NM9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Reviews downplayed this museum - but we LOVED it! So many beautiful pieces (not small at all), some more modern pieces, displays related to the history of tile & Portugal history, then winding up in a HUGE church that is PACKED every inch with Tiles, Gold and ornate architecture! A wonderful visit, very nice cafe and garden to spend time in!
Written 9 May 2024
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited late on a weekday and would suggest allowing about 1.5 hours+ to fully appreciate. It is housed in the Madre de Deus Convent, which is "revealed" during the visitation. The museum curators provide brief documentation to make your visit educational as well as pleasing to the art. Fine gift shop,
Written 5 May 2024
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TheFlyingSurgeon
Bramhall, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Fabulous collection of ceramic tiles cataloguing their history in Portugal. Beautifully laid out in a great setting. Easy to get to on the bus. Well worth making the trip!
Written 1 May 2024
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gnsdq
Tadcaster, UK336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a fabulous place , I love tiles and ceramics and dragged my 25 year old daughter along reluctantly but even she loved it. Even if you don’t love tiles the building itself is magnificent and the cafe is cool and welcoming
Written 28 April 2024
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Agnes J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Forget queuing for over an hour to visit the Monastery at Belem, this museum was an absolute revelation. It was so much better than we expected. Photos of the outside, and some traveller photos, simply do not do justice to the interior magnificence of the building. I think we perhaps expected single tiles or a few wall panels, but what is on show, and the considerable age of the tiles, how they have managed to survive in such good condition: just great. Also a very lovely, calm, leafy cafe area with nice food at a reasonable price. Bus 759 from Cental Lisbon stops right outside.
Written 17 April 2024
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Prowander
San Francisco, CA435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent and a must see in Lisbon. The building was originally built as a convent with lots of the chapel still in place. The tile exhibition throughout is breathtaking.
Written 6 April 2024
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lit8gater
Chester Basin, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Stunning! A must see in Lisbon. The history is amazing. The building and the tiles are beautiful. It’s only a 10 minute Uber ride from the tourist area and well worth the trip.
Written 5 April 2024
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Andrew Z
New York354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Portugal is famous of the blue/white tiles. The place you can find history of the tiles is - Museum of Tiles - Museu Nacional do Azulejo. It is of the grid, a away form the metro station. But there is a direct 759 bus from the Restauradores Plaza.
It is very nice museum, not crowdy at all, with presented history of famous Portuguese tiles. There is a cafeteria at the nice patio.
Written 3 April 2024
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