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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
+351 21 882 3470
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
+351 21 882 3470
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Alfama is perhaps Lisbon's most charming neighborhood. The kasbah-like layout reflects its Moorish roots. Compact houses tumble down steep streets and staircases. It's a great place to get lost and explore. The imposing Castelo de Sao Jorge looms above Alfama. At the bottom of the...More

2  Thank MayLehmannNYC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't wanted to go to this museum, but as my husband had seen one of the most famous fado singers many years ago and was keen, we went along. I thought it would be difficult to create a museum of a type of singing,...More

1  Thank Lawnturtle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool! Great way to get an understanding of Fado and how it relates to the larger Portuguese identity.

Thank PatrickHildreth
Reviewed 10 September 2017

I had always assumed that Fado shared ancestry with Flamenco and/or had Mooris roots. Not so! Our visit to the Museu do Fado set me right and provided an excellent introduction to this uniquely Portuguese musical form. free audio guides are available in a range...More

Thank K F
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We heard some Fado the previous night and this was a great opportunity to learn some more about the development of the music and what it has meant in Portugal over the last 150 years. Lots of opportunities to listen to different Fado singers both...More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I was in Lisbon for two weeks. Ive seen a lot of museums there which were all great. I must say though this one was my favourite. I like that you can look at the different historical artifacts and listen to the fado music that...More

Thank Cecille G
Reviewed 14 August 2017

this could be so much better. the films they show are just bizarre - people talking endlessly about fado instead of showing us fado performances -for a museum of music, there's hardly any music! You have to put on headphones in this one little tiny...More

Thank TravelLadyBJH
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The Fado museum was great. You learn lots of interesting things about the music, its history and why it is so important and characteristic for Lisbon and Portugal.You can listen to music there and just relax. There were very few visitors when we were there,...More

Thank OP04
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful introduction to the mystique of Fado - its greats as well as WHAT makes it so much part of the Portuguese soul. Having learned a bit of Portuguese, as I listened to one of the many recordings a visitor has access to, I got...More

Thank Bonesetter
Reviewed 23 June 2017

In preparation for a Fado festival in the Alfama district later in the evening, we decided to learn about Fado as we knew zip about the music, tradition or major players. The museum provided a decent introduction to Fado and seemed to be worth the...More

Thank Dutetre
Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and,
of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music.
The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755
destroyed most of the city but the contiguous
neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained
standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent
Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the
Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of
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2 May 2017|
Response from Rita O | Property representative |
Dear Thomas, the dress code is the usual in museums. We look forward to receiving your visit soon. Best regards, Rita Oliveira
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