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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Largo Portas do Sol 2 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-411, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 888 1991
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features...

Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features decorative arts from the 15th through 19th centuries, including textiles, furniture, painting, jewelry and ceramics. Guided tours to the Arts and crafts workshops which feature artisans demonstrating traditional crafts like bookbinding, wood carving and working with gold leaf.

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Well worth it for the building itself

Well worth visiting for the historic building, tiling etc even if you're not interested in the furniture and art. Small, perfectly preserved merchants house. Allow around 1 hour... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 October 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I do not know the origin of this museum. I suppose it is another rich man's mansion with a collection of exhibits (paintings, furniture and decorations) from the 15th/16th century. The entrance fee is only €4. The place is not large. The chariot on the ground floor is quite beautiful and there are a few attractive pieces upstairs. But on... More 

Thank Yan C
Vancouver, BC Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The museum is a Portuguese treasure, and perhaps the most memorable thing on my entire trip was a separate behind-the-scenes tour of their restoration and reconstruction workshops. The museum cost €4 and the tour cost €10 – each fee was a bargain. Tours are offered 11 am or 3 pm Mondays & Wednesdays, and 3 pm Tuesdays. The museum is... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We happened upon this lovely museum by chance and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The museum is lovely, a reasonable size, and the staff were very interesting and helpful. But the real gem was the private tour of the workshops that are available if you sign up at the front desk for a 3:00 tour. The... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Well worth visiting for the historic building, tiling etc even if you're not interested in the furniture and art. Small, perfectly preserved merchants house. Allow around 1 hour. Cafe and shop selling up market modern design. Close to cafes and viewpoints easy to fit in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Small but very nice museum well furnished as a palace. You will see European and also Asian art. There is also café with nice patio.

Thank Jindrich M
Central Portugal, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Close the the Patriarchal Cathedral and with a great view over the Tagus you will find this " hidden " Palace now called Museu de Artes Decorativas Portugueses , also known as the PALACIO AZURARA or even the Foundation Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva . I visited this City Palace on a Friday ( 16th/09/2016) in the Morning hours and... More 

2 Thank carlos3005emlisboa
Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I cannot recommend this museum highly enough for lovers of the decorative arts, especially for admirers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Run by a private foundation, this museum is a treasure house of furniture, paintings, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, etc. There's even a Cinderella-like carriage in the vestibule. I arrived only a couple of hours before closing time, but I... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Worth a visit, there is so much to see, beautifully decorated rooms and impressive furniture and treasures. Do not miss going right up to the top to see the chair collection and the miniatures, worth the extra stairs. There is also a cafe, gift shop and clean toilets there, we didnt try the cafe so we are unable to review... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

This museum contains a 17th century coach and a pair of flintlock pistols and everything in between. There are paintings and tapestries as well as assorted furniture and other items. Porcelain vases and silver plated objects are included. There seems to be room after room filled with dated items.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

This museum was not listed in our guide book but we chanced upon while strolling in Lisbon one morning. Like the Gulbenkian, it is based on an amazing and eclectic private collection and is housed in the small palace of the Portuguese merchant family whose collection it was. The palace itself is very gracious and the collection startling in its... More 

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