MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia
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Speciality MuseumsScience MuseumsArt Museums
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Inaugurated in October 2016 within the framework of EDP Foundation’s long-running policy of cultural patronage, MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is an international institution dedicated to arouse critical discourse and creative practice with the intent of sparking new understandings about the historical present and a responsible commitment to the future. Located on the riverfront in Lisbon’s historical Belém district, MAAT comprises a former power station built in 1908 – MAAT Central – and a contemporary building – MAAT Gallery – connected via a park that extends along the River Tagus: MAAT Garden. In addition to the programme of temporary exhibitions and activities – Agenda – the museum also features permanent exhibitions such as The Electricity Factory at Central Tejo and the sculptures in the outdoor spaces. MAAT advocates a concept of the museum as a catalyst for converting discourse into action through the sharing of positions and the formulation of knowledge.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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  • Dutchtraveller007
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands251 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture near the waterfront
    This design jewel by the waterfront is a great escape from the city and gives an insight into local artists and their creativity. It is very affordable yet a little hard to reach. The old factory element is very interesting yet the signage of path to follow could be better. Also a bit more explanation of the art pieces would enhance the experience but overall a great place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 July 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,990 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    er....what is it
    how do i write a review on this. it seems they have some work to do on advertising. we saw this building. we walked up the side of it on the ramp then stood upon the roof and took some great pics of the bridge. we went back down and sat at the front of the building. yes, we saw some doors and we saw a security guard but we never thought for a second that we could have gone through those doors. looking on things to do in lisbon today i discovered that this thing is a museum and not just a modern building. we would have gone in if we had known.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An architectural pearl
    First on my list of Lisbon's fine museum selection was this interesting new building on the riverfront. Valkyrie Octopus by world famous Joana Vasconcelos is a very large textile installation first exhibited in a Macau resort. Without a table reservation I had to eat my lunch outside on the terrace though view of the bridge was a plus. I returned later to take more pictures of it from the roof and found the best way to reach the museum by tram and connecting walkway over the railroad.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 November 2023
  • SimplyDrapi
    Ljubljana, Slovenia424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting combination of art and technology
    Surprising combination of art and technology. The technological part, a power plant dissected, is interesting not only for youngsters, but for everyone. Well done. The art section with Joana Vasconcelos as the main attraction is worth visiting. Portuguese artists are not so well known unfortunately.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 February 2024
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rupes_Bath
Bath, UK377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The architecture is amazing: a bit like Sydney Opera House for setting and style.

The art gsllery is great - we saw two fascinating exhibitions

The power station was fascinating. A shame Tare Modern dud not donthis. How electricity is made with amazing machines.

Highly recommended
Written 15 April 2024
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SimplyDrapi
Ljubljana, Slovenia424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Surprising combination of art and technology. The technological part, a power plant dissected, is interesting not only for youngsters, but for everyone. Well done. The art section with Joana Vasconcelos as the main attraction is worth visiting. Portuguese artists are not so well known unfortunately.
Written 4 February 2024
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JAMDUNGRL
Spotsylvania, VA107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The main attraction is outside. Was not impressed with the modern art. Price was not bad and it was not busy due to season. Our favorite part of our visit was the view.
Written 29 January 2024
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Gergana
Austin, TX209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Loved my time at the MAAT! The museum is made up of 3 big sections. The first one is housed in an old power plant (Tejo Power Station), the gardens (which I didn't explore much), and the new building. The museum tends to focus on quality, not quantity. In total, they had 3-4 exhibits but they were large. The new building itself is beautiful and worth a visit just to check it out.

One of the visiting exhibits is called Plug-in by Joana Vasconcelos. She had 2 large format installations. The first was a true-to-size tree made up of fabric which was in the Tejo Power Station building. The new building housed a large octopus made out of fabric and LEDs and propped up on large tiled pillars that are meant to represent 4 of Lisbon's neighborhoods.

The MAAT has a lovely terrace on top offering amazing views of the river, plus a nice cafe. There's a bridge to the street on the back of the building that connects to a nearby tram and bus station.

If you have a few days in Lisbon, highly recommend giving MAAT a visit.
Written 20 January 2024
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urgazhi
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Always good exhibitions, well curated. Perfect time for kids and adults. Love it! Always visit when I am in Lisboa. Just perfect 🤩
Written 12 November 2023
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
First on my list of Lisbon's fine museum selection was this interesting new building on the riverfront. Valkyrie Octopus by world famous Joana Vasconcelos is a very large textile installation first exhibited in a Macau resort. Without a table reservation I had to eat my lunch outside on the terrace though view of the bridge was a plus. I returned later to take more pictures of it from the roof and found the best way to reach the museum by tram and connecting walkway over the railroad.
Written 9 November 2023
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Tony G
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were really looking forward to seeing this on our recent visit to Lisbon. The architecture of the buildings was beautiful but the main galleries were closed - just a few bits and pieces to see in the Power station. What made this so annoying was that we visited on Sunday and were told that the main gallery was closed that day for a event but we could visit the Power Station. We returned later in the week to be told the main galleries were closed for refurbishment. None of this is communicated anywhere. Website makes no reference to this. Tourist offices have not been informed. It does take a bit of effort to get there so it was very frustrating. Even when you get there there is no signposting so finding the entrance itself is an effort. Five stars for the architecture but zero for the management and the communications.
Written 26 September 2023
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George A
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great walk up and over, we used the scooters to get up and down the front, great place to stop and have a drink great views from the outdoor seating
Written 25 September 2023
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Jemima W
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The 'art' museum was awful. The old power station was amazing and my 11 year old twins loved it. Plus, it was free for them to get in as they are under 12. Such a shame that they tried to ruin the power station with modern art installations too!
Written 30 August 2023
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rayraysworld
Warwick, UK1,990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
how do i write a review on this. it seems they have some work to do on advertising. we saw this building. we walked up the side of it on the ramp then stood upon the roof and took some great pics of the bridge. we went back down and sat at the front of the building. yes, we saw some doors and we saw a security guard but we never thought for a second that we could have gone through those doors. looking on things to do in lisbon today i discovered that this thing is a museum and not just a modern building. we would have gone in if we had known.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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