Carmo Archaeological Museum

Carmo Archaeological Museum

Carmo Archaeological Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
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
About
The Carmo Archaeological Museum is situated in the ruins of the old Church of Santa Maria do Carmo, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. This church was known as one of the most beautiful Gothic temples in Lisbon until the earthquake of 1755, which caused serious damage to the building and destroyed almost all of its religious-artistic contents. Its re-construction began in an experimental Gothic style in 1756 and stopped in 1834, when the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. In 1863, royal architect, Joaquim Possidonio da Silva, founded the Portuguese Civil Architects Association. About one year later, in 1864, the Carmo Archaeological Museum was installed there for the storage and display of important sculptures from old ruined buildings. Curing the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. the museum houses a collection which dates from Pre-History to the present day and shows the way people have thought and felt in different areas of culture throughout the ages.
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Neighbourhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 3 min walk
  • Rossio • 3 min walk
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  • Roman Shopa
    Lviv, Ukraine295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not hurry and take a break there
    It was the first place I visited in Lisbon and so I explred it thoroughly. A great collection of stone carvings adn heraldic legacy, as well as a great place to rest (there are chairs in the open space, as live performances are often held there). And indeed budget-friendly.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum in fabulous setting
    This museum is located in the rear rooms of the Carmo Convent ruins. It has a diverse display including prehistoric tools, Bronze Age and Roman remains as well as more recent ecclesiastical objects. Displays even include mummified children from Peru, Inca pottery and an Egyptian mummy's decorated coffin, possibly with an occupant.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Meowy
    Montgomery, Alabama562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best site in Lisbon
    I have to say that the Carmo site was the best of all attractions I took in when I visited Lisbon. The ruins as you enter are pretty amazing. In the museum itself are some interesting artifacts. It was the one site that you heard people gasp in awe among all the sites in Lisbon. It is fairly cheap and near mass transit. If there is one thing to put on your must do list in Portugal it has to be this place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado967 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skeleton Church
    This is a pretty unique place to visit, and you should include it in your trip to Lisbon. A skeleton of a church destroyed in the big earthquake, it’s a really interesting place to see. In addition to just seeing the actual church, they have room with some cool artifacts too. Keep your eyes out for the resident cats!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • david1892
    Tullamore, Ireland390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    The museum is located inside the convent that was destroyed by an earthquake. Seemingly it was the first museum of art and archeology in the country. Definitely visit when in Lisbon not expensive to enter. There is a vast collection of ancient artifacts also and a room that plays a video of the history of the convent.There is a cat also that sits there all day.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Caroline LP
    London, United Kingdom206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tragedy of 1755
    This was our second visit here I wanted to bring my daughter who is into history and this place has that and more. It was a great visit and I particularly liked the modern art too. Worth a visit, note you can get here by the Santa Justa lift or you can walk !
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2024
  • D Whatson
    Beerwah, Australia10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lisbon History.
    This is another one of Lisbon's gems. The ruins of the old convent make the perfect setting for an antiquities museum. A history of Lisbon starting from pre-Roman times is beautifully displayed. The ruins of the convent are fascinating in themselves and the story of how the museum came to be is equally fascinating. If you find yourself in Lisbon with a few hours to spare and history is your thing, then I recommend a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Becky H
    Hastings, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful remains
    Really beautiful remains with a fantastic archaeological museum and the museum cat, who strolls around the site. The ruins are really beautiful to see and the museum contains different artefacts that have been discovered from various eras. Would highly recommend a visit here for anyone visiting Lisbon.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
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Becky H
Hastings, UK287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really beautiful remains with a fantastic archaeological museum and the museum cat, who strolls around the site. The ruins are really beautiful to see and the museum contains different artefacts that have been discovered from various eras. Would highly recommend a visit here for anyone visiting Lisbon.
Written 19 March 2024
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D Whatson
Beerwah, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is another one of Lisbon's gems. The ruins of the old convent make the perfect setting for an antiquities museum. A history of Lisbon starting from pre-Roman times is beautifully displayed. The ruins of the convent are fascinating in themselves and the story of how the museum came to be is equally fascinating. If you find yourself in Lisbon with a few hours to spare and history is your thing, then I recommend a visit.
Written 13 March 2024
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK4,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The museum is housed in the beautiful remains of a convent that was destroyed during an earthquake. We found it to be more interesting than we were expecting.
Don’t miss the film at the end which is in Portuguese and English.
Written 4 March 2024
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Katie
Dublin, Ireland56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited the carmaker archaeological museum and it was very cool to see what was on display and learn the history would recommend
Written 24 February 2024
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Caroline LP
London, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was our second visit here I wanted to bring my daughter who is into history and this place has that and more. It was a great visit and I particularly liked the modern art too. Worth a visit, note you can get here by the Santa Justa lift or you can walk !
Written 17 February 2024
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.

david1892
Tullamore, Ireland390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The museum is located inside the convent that was destroyed by an earthquake. Seemingly it was the first museum of art and archeology in the country. Definitely visit when in Lisbon not expensive to enter. There is a vast collection of ancient artifacts also and a room that plays a video of the history of the convent.There is a cat also that sits there all day.
Written 7 February 2024
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.

Bob R
Belgrade, Serbia559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Great ruins and impressive little archeological museum, though withnonly 4 rooms. But sarchofaguses are highlights and also the cat that lives there!
Written 28 December 2023
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a pretty unique place to visit, and you should include it in your trip to Lisbon. A skeleton of a church destroyed in the big earthquake, it’s a really interesting place to see. In addition to just seeing the actual church, they have room with some cool artifacts too. Keep your eyes out for the resident cats!
Written 24 November 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.

Meowy
Montgomery, AL562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I have to say that the Carmo site was the best of all attractions I took in when I visited Lisbon. The ruins as you enter are pretty amazing. In the museum itself are some interesting artifacts. It was the one site that you heard people gasp in awe among all the sites in Lisbon. It is fairly cheap and near mass transit. If there is one thing to put on your must do list in Portugal it has to be this place.
Written 5 October 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.

Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This museum is located in the rear rooms of the Carmo Convent ruins. It has a diverse display including prehistoric tools, Bronze Age and Roman remains as well as more recent ecclesiastical objects. Displays even include mummified children from Peru, Inca pottery and an Egyptian mummy's decorated coffin, possibly with an occupant.
Written 20 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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