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National Museum of Ancient Art

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Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249 - 017, Lisbon 1249 - 017, Portugal
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Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art,...

Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art, this museum features works by Gonclaves, Bosch, Raphael and more.

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Amazing building, with awesome spaces and Japanese Art and Egyptian Art. Mostly from Portuguese expansion to the East.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting more. Lisbon has so many museums, and I heard this was one of the better ones. But I was very disappointed - the collection is small, and mostly religious paintings, furniture, and silver and gold pieces (again, mostly religious in nature). If this is what you're interested in in terms of art then it's perfect for you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing building, with awesome spaces and Japanese Art and Egyptian Art. Mostly from Portuguese expansion to the East.

Thank Carolajun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this museum on a Sunday afternoon in January, and there weren't many other visitors. It's a high quality museum though, with paintings and sculpture by many Spanish, German, Dutch, and Italian masters. The rooms are well laid-out by country and period. There is of course a heavy dose of Portugal-based artists, most of which seem to have focused... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is located in a 16th century palace which was originally a convent. It's on three floors and has a beautiful display of religios ancient carvings, pictures, ceramics, porcelain, jewels and furniture. A thorogh visit will take you a good 4 hours, and well worth it.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't expect that the museum can be interesting, but it leaves really positive impression. I still remember a casket made of rock crystal (wood painted with gold, silver-gilt). Then I was lucky to see temporary exhibition and its pearl was Albrecht Dürer's Self-portrait at age of 26 (1498) it is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Started our visit at opening time and missed the larger groups. It's a light airy building with quite a lot of carpeting so it was easier on the feet (important if you visit several places in a day) Highlight is the Bosch but there are many worthwhile pieces to admire.

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Gap, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

some european master pieces, including Jerome Bosch and a marvellous Dürer. No so many paintings, so you can stand some time in front th o,e you like. Interesting explanations.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Had free entry to the museum from the Hotel we stayed in. We'd prob entered from the older side of the museum. Indeed the museum was huge & the other side looked new and grand. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

With our Lisboa card in had we ventured to this impressive museum. We really enjoyed this collection of fine art and jewellery, spent ages cruising around taking it all in. We have become lovers of the paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, which the museum has a fine example. Temptation of St. Anthony.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This museum -- in spite of the title -- displays chiefly religious art of the middle ages and early modern period, chiefly from Portugal, but also including major works by Durer and Bosch. The main collection is displayed chronologically, in beautiful spaces, exceptionally well designed for art. The museum also includes work brought back from the rest of the world... More 

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