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Museu Do Aljube

Rua Augusto Rosa 42, Lisbon 1100-059, Portugal
+351 21 817 2400
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Don’t miss it if you like history

Great display of how resistance groups have coped with dictators and war since the First World War... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Arqueolady
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California
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Fascinating museum about Portugal's recent history

This museum focuses on the history of Portugal when it was under dictatorship rule. It was a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
rgood15
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London, United Kingdom
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Rua Augusto Rosa 42, Lisbon 1100-059, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great display of how resistance groups have coped with dictators and war since the First World War and includes information on Portuguese colonies with recent history. You’ll be able to align history with what is happening today in some countries. Wink wink. 3 floors of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum focuses on the history of Portugal when it was under dictatorship rule. It was a fascinating museum and well laid out to clearly show you the development of the dictatorship and its downfall. The use of accounts from people living in the time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting museum with interviews from people who lived during this time and were in the resistance movement, lots of photos and film clips from that time as well. I believe aljube means drawer which is what the prison cell felt like...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great exhibition on the Portuguese struggle for democracy. Important for everybody and even more in times of fascist rise all over the world.

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

The Aljube museum was perhaps the most important part of our tour. Yes, Portugal is a wonderful place to visit, but it was here that we learned about Portugal as more than just a place. Its history is not something we learn in the US...More

1  Thank Jeffrey C
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

The museum uses what was the prison which is very evocative of the period . There are excellent explanations in English but the layout jumps erratically which made it harder to follow. Well with a visit though.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This museum provides a necessary look into the role of the secret police and other repressive agents under the dictator Salazar both in Portugal -- the building held political prisoners -- and in its colonies. It's an understated museum with enough English to understand the...More

1  Thank 2015JC
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

While wandering through Lisbon, we literally found this museum and we were so glad we stopped in. I honestly don't remember learning much about Portugal in school. We learned about colonization and that's it. A brutal dictator, political prison camps, "labor camps", and thousands of...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I came across this museum by accident whilst walking up to the castle. It is interesting and insightful. There are are explanations in English, but I did find it was a little confusing to start with. It gave a good insight into the reality of...More

Thank Jane2612
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

A fascinating museum by the cathedral that provides information on the political history of Portugal, mainly around the dictatorship. Really well presented with floors on the dictatorship, the overthrow, punishment techniques, and the end of Portuguese colonialism. Contains real life video footage and stories. Only...More

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