Every great city is home to a place of timeless history and culture, and Lisbon being one of the oldest cities in the world is no exception. If you’re a culturally-driven person, or even if learning about new places interests you, then look no further. We’ve gathered the most incredible museums in the city for you to explore during your free time on your study abroad in Lisbon.
Did I mention that all museums in Portugal are free every Sunday? Plus, all the ones we’re showing you in this post are free at all times!
1. Museu Colecção Berardo
Visiting a museum where you can get up close with artworks from world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko is something of a dream for art lovers. You can find all of these artists at the Berardo Collection Museum. The museum is located in picture-perfect Belém, and you can get to it using the CP Lisbon-Cascais suburban train, or even with yellow tram #15e and #18e.
2. Museu do Aljube — Resistência e Liberdade
The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom is dedicated to the memory of fighting dictatorship and honours the resistance of freedom and democracy. If learning about Portugal is on your list, then you should definitely consider this museum as a good place to start. It teaches you about the whole movement of resistance and liberty in 1974, which took place in the country after 40 years of dictatorship.
You also have the freedom of entering this museum free of charge. ?
3. Núcleo Arqueológico
This museum is located in the old roman ruins that were surprisingly discovered in a parking lot digging (this happens a lot in Lisbon). This Archaeological Museum is home to several attractions, including Lisbon’s only visible Roman mosaic, a burial site with some spooky skeletons, and wicked-looking fish preservation tanks.
This is a very well-known national monument and is located in the Baixa neighbourhood, so a quick ride on the blue or green line to Baixa/Chiado will get you there.
4. Museu da Electricidade
If you enjoy technology, art and architecture, this museum is certainly one to consider. The electricity museum, or Museu da Electricidade, is now integrated into the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). The museum presents the past, present and future of Energy, mixed in a concept of a Science and Industrial Archeology Museum. It’s incredible in the unique way it incorporates several concepts.
5. MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda
For all you fashion lovers and young designers, MUDE brings design and fashion to life in an urban style. Francisco Capelo, a recognised Portuguese art collector, and his collection of product and fashion design will amaze you. In this museum, you’ll find fabrics and designs that date back centuries with vivid colour schemes and typical Portuguese patterns. It also showcases the change in Portuguese fashion over the years.
Some say it’s better not to dwell on the past because it cannot be changed, but I believe museums give us the ability to preserve each and every beautiful moment in history. Have fun on your museum hopping!
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