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“A collection started by a financier with the soul of a poet”

Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas
Ranked #109 of 473 things to do in Lisbon
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 May 2013

We loved this comparatively small museum. Like others, we didn't get why no photos were allowed, but we snuck a few in when we were in rooms with no security guards watching us.

It's a quirky collection for sure - some interesting pieces whose like we saw nowhere else during our travels, like some gaming tables that were quite unique. And of course of the room filled with chairs was a hoot. I understand that for purposes of studying design trends and such it is of great historical interest, but I found a room filled with chairs to be somewhat comical.

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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2014
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Muito obrigado pela visita e pelo comentário. A coleção do Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas é realmente única, sendo que o Palácio tem um ambiente muito especial e foi decorado pelo Fundador como casa nobre do século XVIII.

Esperamos que numa próxima oportunidade possa visitar as oficinas de artes e ofícios tradicionais - um Museu vivo!

Agora já é permitido fotografar sem flash.

Até breve!
Cumprimentos.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Most decorative arts museums I have been to allow photos without flash because the people who go to these types of museums want to study and remember what they saw in the museum. So I do not understand why no photos at all can be taken. There was nothing I saw in this museum that would have been harmed by photography.

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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2014
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Muito obrigada pela visita e pelo simpático comentário.
Ficamos contentes que tenha escolhido o Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas (entre tantos em Lisboa).

Esperamos que regresse e aí poderá visitar as oficinas de artes e ofícios tradicionais, que ainda utilizam métodos e técnicas de antigamente para a execução de peças. Uma visita única na Europa. Um projecto singular de um visionário que foi o Fundador Dr. Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva.

Neste momento já se pode fotografar no Museu sem flash.

Siga-nos no facebook #MuseuArtesDecorativasFress e no nosso site website www.fress.pt

Cumprimentos :-)

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Reviewed 10 August 2012

The legacy of collector Ricardo Espírito Santo. Unique pieces, good for the initiated. Some rarities of Portuguese handicraft

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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2014

Thank you so much for your visit and review.

It's importante for the Museum staff to have the visitors' feedback.

Hope you visit us again soon.

Our best regards.

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Tucked away below the Castello Sao Jorge and on the 28 Tram route. A really fantastic collection of decrotive and furniture pieces in a wonderful setting.

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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2014

Thank you so much for your nice reviw. Hope you come back soon to see all the news in the Museum and the arts and crafts workshops.

Continue to visit us through our facebook https://www.facebook.com/MuseuArtesDecorativasFress

Best regards.

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Reviewed 25 November 2011

This small museum has a very nice coach and some nice silver pieces and antiques. It also has a couple of the most random, bizaare, out-of-place "collections" I've ever encountered in a museum (someone's matchbox collection, a young girl's 'nailpolish collection'). Inexpensive, but no great loss if you bypass it.

2  Thank Kat S
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Museu D, Gerente at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2014

Thank you very much for your visit and review,

In 2011 the Museum, together with other national museum, integrated some contemporary pieces and instalations which were part of Experimenta Design, comissioned by Emily King.

The Museum has its own collection, but sometimes has partnerships with other museums and with contemporary artists.

Best regards.

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