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Lisboa Story Centre

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Address: Terreiro do Paco, 78- 81, Lisbon 1100-148, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 194 1099
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Lisboa Story CentreMemories of the CityBuilt on the hills bathed by the...

Lisboa Story CentreMemories of the CityBuilt on the hills bathed by the Tagus, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa is a fascinating mosaic of memories, stories and influences that still mark the urban landscape of this unique city.The various events that make up its history and some of its protagonists are now presented at Lisboa Story Centre, where all who visit the Portuguese capital are invited to make a trip back in time and discover memories of Lisboa, since its foundation until present day.Located in Terreiro do Paco, this interactive technology-based facility relates the main events in the city from past to present.In a playful and interactive way whilst respecting the historical accuracy that a city with Lisboa's past deserves, this interpretation centre takes visitors on a 60 minute journey through space and time with an audio guide system presenting historically accurate events and dramatic scenes of the city's different eras.The tour is organized into six main sections: Lisboa: Myths and Realities, which covers the River, Land, Sea, Sky, Early mythology, settlers and conquerors and the City Walls.This is followed by the section Lisboa: Global City, which presents the Cosmopolitan City, the Warehouse of the World, Beyond the Horizon, the Flying Priest, Magnificent City, Death and Politics and the Church. The section focusing on November 1755, All Saints Day, addresses the earthquake and the city in ruins, passing on to the core vision of Pombal, who introduces Modern City Planning in the postearthquake period and the Reconstruction of the City. And finally, the Terreiro do Paco section, which focuses on the Public Square: Politics and Leisure.The 1755 earthquake is shown in a sensory theatre experience that captivates all visitors.You can extend your tour with a visit to the 1st floor where visitors can play with an interactive scale model that recreates the centre of Lisboa, allowing you to visualise predetermined events and the places where they occurred.

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A good museum for contextualising Lisbon and its history

This is a great place to start if you have not visited Lisbon before. The museum gives you an overview of Lisbon's past, particularly its sea-faring past and its invaders. It is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Cheryl L
St Albans, United Kingdom
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to start if you have not visited Lisbon before. The museum gives you an overview of Lisbon's past, particularly its sea-faring past and its invaders. It is very child friendly with interactive parts and a a film of the earthquake.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's okay, don't get too excited. The museum gives an overview of the history of Lisbon. It however mainly draws on the audio guide to tell the story, the exhibition itself is not too extensive. The dramatic movie at the end about the large earthquake is interesting, but all in all not a must see. Would be perfect for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lisbon Story is well laid out, with an excellent audio guide and gives a fine introduction into the city's history. Informative and well illustrated it is suitable for all ages and levels of interest. The short film presentation on the 1755 earthquake is well done.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first day in Lisboa started with an audio tour at the Story Centre - fantastic value, at your own pace, we learned so much about the history of the city - the earthquake of 1755, the architecture, the culture - it was a foundational introduction to Lisbon.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Lisbon story center is supposed to be a great family attraction it is good unless half the stuff is closed like it was when we went also it is very expensive and you have to wear headphones which are very expensive and the sound quality is awful and they say the highlight is the earthquake room which is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had free entry with our Lisbon city card. The experience was well thought out and takes you on an interactive tour of Lisbon's history. It doesn't take long but is engaging and worth visiting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I thought it'd be great to visit a museum that told the story of Lisbon and provided more information on the city's place in history and the world today. The concept of the museum is really cool: you get a headset and as you walk through the museum the headset automatically tells you about the different exhibits. All in all,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

It looks good, and it's free with the Lisbon card, and it gives a 30,000 foot view of Portuguese history, but it's strangely light on facts, and the soundtrack is annoying at times and can't be easily synced with the display in front of you. Go here if it's a rainy or cold day, otherwise you can do better.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We decided to check out this interactive centre after hear some good reviews. We bought a combined ticket, which works out a little cheaper (16 euros for two adults) enabling us to go up the Arch Rua Augusta first. We had headphones in English and the commentary of the Lisbon history as we walked around was interesting and explained simply,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

You walk through with an audio guide, stopping at different films and displays as you listen to the guide. I got a bit bored after a while. Sometimes I would have preferred more detail and less scene-setting or making it dramatic. Each display has a set length of audio, so to do it properly you have to go round at... More 

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