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Lisbon off the beaten path

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Lisbon off the beaten path
Even among European capitals, Lisbon is remarkably rich in museums, catering to all sorts of esoteric tastes. Where else could you find an entire museum devoted to cinema, electricity, or horse-drawn carriages? So you don't have to go far to actually go "off the beaten path" in terms of finding unusual diversions and attractions not common to other locations.
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Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Museu da Eletricidade
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Museu da Eletricidade

Overlooking the Tagus, in the suburb of Belém, the Electricity Museum is a cultural center, a science museum, a Museum of Industrial Archaeology and a space for contemporary art temporary exhibitions.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas
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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

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.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum
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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade... More

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its doors to the public on the 25 September 1998, celebrating Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, its role in the cultural identity statement and its importance as an inspiration source and intercultural trade between people and communities. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cinemateca Portuguesa
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Cinemateca Portuguesa

This is a museum of Portuguese film, showing films daily.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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The 25th of April Bridge
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The 25th of April Bridge

This suspension bridge across the Tagus River has the longest central span in Europe, at 1.5 miles. It also looks quite a bit like San Francisco's famed "Golden Gate Bridge," though this one was named after the revolution.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many specimens to Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s. Great views of Belem.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Jardim Botanico Tropical (Tropical Botanic Gardens)
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Jardim Botanico Tropical (Tropical Botanic Gardens)

This tropical garden, started in 1906, has hundreds of tropical species, including palms.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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