Lisbon National Tile Museum

Exploring Lisbon's National Tile Museum

   Imagine entering a historic building that once was a convent, and you'll find yourself at the entrance of the Portuguese National Tile Museum or Museu Nacional Do Azulejo. The museum is a unique and must-see attraction that  showcases the rich history and evolution of tile art in Portugal, with a collection dating back to the 1400s. For only €5 you can witness the stunning variety of tile panels and paintings, including the impressive church's tile panels by renowned painters from the 16th and 18th centuries.


Man standing in National Tile Museum


Highlights of the collection include Moorish-influenced geometric patterns, Chinese-inspired blue-and-white Dutch and Portuguese panels from the baroque period, and masterpieces like the altarpiece of "Our Lady of Life." The museum also displays a massive 23m-long panel illustrating pre-1755 Lisbon. You can also expect to find temporary exhibitions showcase ceramics and contemporary productions.


Contemporary Tile Art Piece


The museum might be somewhat off the beaten path for tourists, as it is situated in an industrial part of the city without a nearby metro station. However, it is definitely worth a visit for those interested in the history and beauty of Portuguese tile art. The museum also features a shop where visitors can purchase Portuguese tiles to bring a piece of this unique art form home.


To get to the Tile Museum in Lisbon, you can follow these directions:

    1. Depart from Restauradores Square.
    2. Take Bus 759, which stops at the museum.
    3. The bus will pass through Praça do Comércio and Santa Apolónia Station along the way.
    4. The final destination of the bus is Oriente Station in the Parque das Nações district.
    5. The journey on Bus 759 takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
    6. If you have the Lisboa Card, you can ride the bus for free.

If you ever find yourself in Lisbon this museum is definitely worth checking out. 


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