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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Largo Portas do Sol 2 | Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 888 1991
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Housed in a corner of the 17th century Azurara palace, this museum features...

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.

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Worth a visit, there is so much to see, beautifully decorated rooms and impressive furniture and treasures. Do not miss going right up to the top to see the chair collection and... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
Canberra, Australia
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Kincardine, Canada
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

I cannot recommend this museum highly enough for lovers of the decorative arts, especially for admirers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Run by a private foundation, this museum is a treasure house of furniture, paintings, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, etc. There's even a Cinderella-like carriage in the vestibule. I arrived only a couple of hours before closing time, but I... More 

1 Thank David G
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Worth a visit, there is so much to see, beautifully decorated rooms and impressive furniture and treasures. Do not miss going right up to the top to see the chair collection and the miniatures, worth the extra stairs. There is also a cafe, gift shop and clean toilets there, we didnt try the cafe so we are unable to review... More 

2 Thank JanN048
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

This museum contains a 17th century coach and a pair of flintlock pistols and everything in between. There are paintings and tapestries as well as assorted furniture and other items. Porcelain vases and silver plated objects are included. There seems to be room after room filled with dated items.

2 Thank globeseeker007
Kingston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

This museum was not listed in our guide book but we chanced upon while strolling in Lisbon one morning. Like the Gulbenkian, it is based on an amazing and eclectic private collection and is housed in the small palace of the Portuguese merchant family whose collection it was. The palace itself is very gracious and the collection startling in its... More 

3 Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

What a good surprise This museum is like a home The spirit , how the furniture are presented and displayed The collection. Is so beautiful and in really good shape I compare this museum worth the one in Paris named Nissim de Camando in smaller size but same ambiance Through the collection you discover the Portugal History

2 Thank ksarman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

The founder of this museum realized that the European artisans who could conserve the pieces in his collection were getting scarce so he bought the buildings next door and opened a school. Don't miss the daily opportunity for a visit as your jaw will drop with the quality of the work taught here. Each workshop is amazing and each will... More 

2 Thank VCF_Chicago
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

Just below the castle in the Alfama district you will find this small museum. Items are varied including a collection of Portuguese dining chairs through the ages, miniature furniture and some Indo-Portuguese woodwork. But the real gem is the little restaurant where for only 10 euros you can enjoy a warm 3-course buffet lunch: delicious soup and bread, vegetarian quiche,... More 

2 Thank Diana S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Museu de artes decorativas was a very nice place to visit. The collection is not to big and can be seen in around an hour. Banker mr. Espiritu Santo renovated the 17th century Palacio Azurara in central Alfama to make this wonderful museum. there is a 10euro warm lunch buffet at the small museum restaurant A antique shop and restoration... More 

2 Thank bas k
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

After seeing castles and palaces, it was lovely to see the house of a smart Lisbon family, built to take advantage of the wonderful views of and from Alfama towards the Tagus. Interesting collection of furniture and room decorations, and quirky collection of chairs. By far the best museum shop we saw in Lisbon and Sintra, with beautiful leatherwork and... More 

2 Thank luja2016
Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

This place has a very nice collection of paintings and other object linked to the Portuguese history. The building is as well beautiful. Ticket cost 4 euro

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