The best museums in Portugal in 2021

These are the top 50 best museums in Portugal, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Portugal:

  1. Lisbon Oceanarium1

    Lisbon Oceanarium

    Lisbon
    The Lisbon Oceanarium is an oceanarium in Lisbon and is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. The Cceanarium comprises two floors and is divided into six theme areas. The central part consists of a central tank that represents the Oceano Global with various types of sharks and rays, barracudas, man
  2. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum2

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

    Lisbon
    The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) is a museum in Lisbon. The permanent exhibition reflects the versatile artistic interest of the founder Calouste Gulbenkian and includes a wide range of art objects from all eras. The exhibition is organized chronologically and geographicall
  3. Lisbon Zoo3

    Lisbon Zoo

    Lisbon
    The Lisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa) is a zoological garden in Lisbon. The collection of Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa mainly consists of ungulates, cats, primates and tropical birds. In addition, there is a dolphinarium and a small reptile house. The Lisbon Zoo was founded in 1884 by Dr. Van De
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  5. Berardo Collection Museum4

    Berardo Collection Museum

    Lisbon
    The Berardo Collection Museum is located in the Belém district in Lisbon. It is named after José Berardo, a famous Portuguese businessman and art collector, whose collection is on display here. The Berardo Collection Museum features many contemporary Portuguese and international artists. Exhibited a
  6. Church of Saint Roch5

    Church of Saint Roch

    Lisbon
    The Church of Saint Roch is one of the earliest Jesuit churches in the world. Even though the exterior of this church is quite simple, its interior is elaborately decorated - it is a fusion of Mannerist and Baroque styles. The Church of Saint Roch boasts eight splendid chapels and three altars. One
  7. National Tile Museum6

    National Tile Museum

    Lisbon
    The National Tile Museum in Lisbon presents the history of craft-making of decorative ceramic tiles, azulejos, popular in Spain and Portugal. The collection showcases evolution of this craft since the 15th century up to present days. Opened in 1965, it is housed in an ancient monastery, formerly kno
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  9. National Coach Museum7

    National Coach Museum

    Lisbon
    The collection of the National Coach Museum in Lisbon was situated in a former riding arena which served as a museum. Later, it was decided that the museum needed a new exhibition space and in May 2015, the new National Coach Museum was opened not far from the old one that was renamed to Royal Ridin
  10. National Museum of Ancient Art8

    National Museum of Ancient Art

    Lisbon
    The National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon houses works of the most important Portuguese and other European artists. Visitors can see paintings, sculptures and a lot more. The absolute highlight of the collection is Saint Vincent Panels, a 15th century painting by Nuno Gonçalves. The National Muse
  11. Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva9

    Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva

    Lisbon
    The Pavilion of Knowledge - Centro Ciência Viva is a science museum located on the right bank of the Tagus River in Lisbon. It is an interactive museum of science and technology that aims to make both science and technology more accessible to the general public, stimulating the exploration of the ph
  12. Lisbon Navy Museum10

    Lisbon Navy Museum

    Lisbon
    The Portuguese navy is famous all over the world and the Lisbon Navy Museum provides its visitors with a thorough insight into it. The Museum is located in the historical Jerónimos Monastery. Even though the museum itself was opened in 1963, its collection dates back to as early as 1863. This was th
  13. Vasco da Gama Aquarium11

    Vasco da Gama Aquarium

    Lisbon
    The Vasco da Gama Aquarium (AVG) in Lisbon is one of the oldest aquariums in the world. The first room is where the marine invertebrates are located. In this room it is possible to observe some living species and documents and apparatuses used by the King. On the upper floor, there are four more roo
  14. Museum of Lisbon - Roman Theater12

    Museum of Lisbon - Roman Theater

    Lisbon
    The Museum of Lisbon - Roman Theater is an on-site museum, located in the historic area of Lisbon that aims to reveal what used to be one of the most important monuments of the city of Olisipo. The museum wit the Roman Theater is set inside two buildings from different eras, one from the 18th centur
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  16. Fado Museum13

    Fado Museum

    Lisbon
    The Fado Museum in Lisbon is a museum dedicated to the music genre fado. Visitors can learn about traditional Portuguese fado music which dates back to the 1820s. The exhibition guides visitors through history and main promoters of this music genre fado, which is slowly becoming popular again. Opene
  17. MUDE - Museu Do Design E Da Moda14

    MUDE - Museu Do Design E Da Moda

    Lisbon
    Visit the MUDE - Museu Do Design E Da Moda and marvel at various pieces of design furniture. Apart from that, a wide collection of garments is on display in the MUDE - Museu Do Design E Da Moda. The exterior of the building often changes, depending on a current exhibition showcased in it.
  18. Fundação José Saramago15

    Fundação José Saramago

    Lisbon
    The building of Fundação José Saramag is noticeable for its unique facade that is covered with diamond-shaped stones. It was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and restored after that. The inside of the house has undergone vast changes, but the original marble staircase and contrasting dark walls are
  19. Campo Pequeno16

    Campo Pequeno

    Lisbon
    The Campo Pequeno Bullring (Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno) is the bullring of Lisbon. The arena was built between 1890 and 1892 by Portuguese architect António José Dias da Silva. His design is inspired by an arena in Madrid which was designed by Rodriguez Ayuso, but was later demolished. The sty
  20. Carris Museum17

    Carris Museum

    Lisbon
    Museum Carris (Museu da Carris) is a museum in Lisbon that is dedicated to the past, present and future of public transport in Lisbon. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum organizes various cultural events. The Carris Museum in Lisbon is setup in chronological order, with its exhibitions
  21. Museu Benfica - Cosme Damião18

    Museu Benfica - Cosme Damião

    Lisbon
    The Museu Benfica – Cosme Damião is the museum of Portuguese sports club S.L. Benfica in Lisbon. The museum is named after the Portuguese football player-coach Cosme Damião, who was also one of the club's founders in 1904. This Benfica Museum contains 29 thematic areas including around 1,000 pieces
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  23. Museum of the Orient19

    Museum of the Orient

    Lisbon
    What used to be an industrial building is now Museu do Oriente (Museum of the Orient). Opened in 2008, this Museum of the Orient houses an extensive collection of items from various parts of Asia, including Turkey, Japan, China and India. Its exhibitions show the connection between distant cultures,
  24. Air Museum20

    Air Museum

    Lisbon
  25. Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir - Museu da Água21

    Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir - Museu da Água

    Lisbon
    Mãe D’Água Amoreiras Reservoir - Museu da Água (The reservoir of the Mother of Water of the Amoreiras) commonly known by Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras, is the deposit (the chalice) that collects the waters coming from the Águas Livres aqueduct, in the district of Lisbon. It was designed in 1745 and compl
  26. Dom Fernando II e Glória22

    Dom Fernando II e Glória

    Lisbon
  27. Museum of Aljube Resistance and Freedom23

    Museum of Aljube Resistance and Freedom

    Lisbon
    The Museum of Aljube Resistance and Freedom is a historical museum in Lisbon that is dedicated to the history and memory of the fight against the dictatorship and the recognition of resistance in favour of freedom and democracy. The museum illustrates general characterisation of the Portuguese dicta
  28. Museu da Marioneta24

    Museu da Marioneta

    Lisbon
    Visitors can discover the history of puppetry in Museu da Marioneta. Puppets in its collection come from all over the world and they not only display the evolution of this craft, but also demonstrate different theatrical forms and approaches. A special emphasis is laid on local puppetry. The museum
  29. Museu António Medeiros e Almeida25

    Museu António Medeiros e Almeida

    Lisbon
    The Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida is a museum founded in 1970 in Lisbon, located in the residence of its founder António de Medeiros e Almeida (1895-1986). The museum consists of 25 rooms that house paintings, sacred art, furniture, tapestries, glass art and jewelery that date from the 17th century
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  31. Casa-Museu Amália Rodrigues26

    Casa-Museu Amália Rodrigues

    Lisbon
    The Casa-Museu Amália Rodrigues is a house museum dedicated to the Portuguese singer and actress, the star of the fado music genre. Her personal belongings are displayed here.
  32. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Modern Collection27

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Modern Collection

    Lisbon
    The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Modern Collection is a museum in Lisbon that holds and displays a collection of 20 and 21 century Portuguese art, including painting, sculpture, drawings, photographs and engravings, inlcuding many works by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. Furthermore, the museum exhibits Brit
  33. Rua dos Correeiros Archaeological Nucleus28

    Rua dos Correeiros Archaeological Nucleus

    Lisbon
    Visitors to the Rua dos Correeiros Archaeological Nucleus can go on guided tour to this archaelogical museum that will show a number artefacts from various time periods. After that it is possible to get into a web of historical tunnels hidden under the building.
  34. Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts29

    Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts

    Lisbon
    The Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts (Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas) is a museum in Lisbon that is housed in the Azurara Palace. The museum recreates the aristocratic atmosphere of the eighteenth century by hosting one of the most representative and homogeneous collections of Applied Ar
  35. National Museum of Natural History and Science30

    National Museum of Natural History and Science

    Lisbon
    The National Museum of Natural History and Science (Museums of the University of Lisbon, MUHNAC) is an organization of the University of Lisbon whose mission is to promote curiosity and public understanding of nature and science through its collections and university heritage, research, exhibitions,
  36. Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves31

    Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves

    Lisbon
    The Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, or Casa de Malhoa, is a house museum in Lisbon with furniture and decorative pieces arranged as a residential home. The house was designed by the architect Norte Júnior in 1904 - 1905 and was built with the purpose of serving as a house and work studio for the
  37. Military Museum32

    Military Museum

    Lisbon
    The Military Museum of Lisbon (Museu Militar de Lisboa) is located in the Largo dos Caminhos de Ferro in Lisbon and is the largest military museum in Portugal and one of the oldest museums in the city of Lisbon. In the Vasco da Gama Room it includes a collection of ancient cannons and modern murals
  38. National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon33

    National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon

    Lisbon
    The Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeology Museum of Portugal) is a museum in Lisbon. The museum is housed in the World Heritage Site, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém, one of the most important buildings in Portugal, built in the Manueline style. The collection of the National Archa
  39. Museu da Cerveja34

    Museu da Cerveja

    Lisbon
  40. Belém Palace35

    Belém Palace

    Lisbon
    The Belém Palace was built in the 18th century in what is now a historical part of Lisbon. Consisting of five buildings, the complex is an architectural gem, combining features of Baroque and Mannerist styles. It has been used as the official residence of Portugal's president since 1910. It also hou
  41. Museum of Lisbon36

    Museum of Lisbon

    Lisbon
    The headquarters of the Museum of Lisbon is located in Campo Grande in Lisbon, housed in the Pimenta Palace and gardens.The museum is dedicated to the history of the city of Lisbon, from prehistoric times, through the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors, to the present day. The collection includes t
  42. National Museum of Ethnology37

    National Museum of Ethnology

    Lisbon
    The National Museum of Ethnology (Museu Nacional de Etnologia) is an ethnology museum in Lisbon that holds a collection dedicated to the ethnographic heritage of Portugal. The collection consists of two sub collections. The first assembled by the National Museum of Ethnology from the museum's launch
  43. Museu Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro38

    Museu Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro

    Lisbon
    The Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Museum (Museu Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro) is a museum in Lisbon that is dedicated to Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, the 19th century Portuguese artist known for his illustration, caricatures, sculpture, and ceramics designs. The museum contains sections with painting, ceramics and
  44. National Museum of Costume and Fashion39

    National Museum of Costume and Fashion

    Lisbon
    The National Museum of Costume and Fashion (Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda) is a museum in Lisbon that focuses on masculine and feminine costumes from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection contains over 30.000 pieces.
  45. Chiado Museum40

    Chiado Museum

    Lisbon
    The Chiado Museum National Museum of Contemporary Art is an art museum in Lisbon that is dedicated to the period between 1850 and 1950, with works by important Portuguese artists of the period, as well as some foreign, international artists. It is housed in parts of the old Convent of São Francisco
  46. Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian41

    Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian

    Lisbon
    The Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium (Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian, PCG) is a planetarium in Lisbon that is located next to the Jerónimos Monastery. It was built between 1963 and 1965 in a project of the architect Frederico George. The Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium currently has a projector with
  47. Museu da Presidencia da Republica42

    Museu da Presidencia da Republica

    Lisbon
    Museu da Presidencia da Republica (The Museum of the Presidency of the Republic) is a presidential museum located in the Palace of Belém in Lisbon, dedicated to the history of the republic.
  48. Museu da Musica43

    Museu da Musica

    Lisbon
    The Museu da Música (Museum of Music) is a museum in Lisbon that exhibits musical instruments. A highlight in the collection of the Museu da Musica is the 1725 Stradivarius cello once owned and played by King Luís I of Portugal who ruled from 1861 to 1889.
  49. Museu Geológico44

    Museu Geológico

    Lisbon
    The Museu Geológico (The Geological Museum of Lisbon) is a museum in Lisbon that collects and displays pieces of Paleontology, Archeology and Mineralogy in two large rooms.
  50. National Theatre and Dance Museum45

    National Theatre and Dance Museum

    Lisbon
    The National Theatre and Dance Museum (Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança) is a museum in Lisbon with a collection that consists about 260,000 pieces, costumes and stage props, sets, costumes, drawings, cartoons, programs, posters, postcards, manuscripts, leaflets, paper theaters from the 18th to 2
  51. Cordoaria Nacional46

    Cordoaria Nacional

    Lisbon
    The Cordoaria Nacional is a former naval rope-making factory in Lisbon that is now an exhibition centre. The exhibition centre/museum features rotating exhibitions.
  52. Atelier-Museu Julio Pomar47

    Atelier-Museu Julio Pomar

    Lisbon
    The Atelier-Museum Júlio Pomar's mission is to preserve, disseminate and study the knowledge of Júlio Pomar work in its various aspects, encourage critical reflection and debate around the arts and contemporary culture. As a place of specificity and dissemination polo of the work of Júlio Pomar, Ate
  53. Pharmaceutical Museum48

    Pharmaceutical Museum

    Lisbon
    The Museu da Farmácia (the Pharmaceutical Museum) is a museum in Lisbon that is housed in the building of the National Pharmacy Association, in Santa Catarina. The collection of this pharmacy museum represents 5000 years of health history and is made up of many pieces of diverse geographical origin,
  54. Museu da Água49

    Museu da Água

    Lisbon
    Museu da Água (the Water Museum) is a museum in Lisbon that is housed in the Barbadinhos Steam Pumping Station. The museum illustrates the history of the development of the water supply to Lisbon from the Roman times to today. It features four large steam engines dating from 1880.
  55. Museu de Macau50

    Museu de Macau

    Lisbon
    The CCCM Museum presents some results and research from the Scientific and Cultural Center related to it (the Macau Science and Culture Centre), on the history of Portuguese-Chinese relations and the history of Macao. The museum hosts exhibitions presenting the history of Macau on the ground floor a

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