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Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 2 other guides
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Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 882 3470
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Entirely devoted to Lisbon's urban song universe, Museu do Fado opened its...

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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Great Exposure to Fado

I was so glad to go to this museum with my friend, as it did a great job of explaining and showing the fado genre. I'm a classical musician and fond it fascinating. We spent... read more

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Los Gatos, California
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I was so glad to go to this museum with my friend, as it did a great job of explaining and showing the fado genre. I'm a classical musician and fond it fascinating. We spent about an hour there, but you could spend longer, depending how much footage you want to see and/or listen to. The audioguide was quite good... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had only the faintest knowledge of fado going in, but there was plenty here for us as well as the Portuguese aficionados. While the stars and the history of this unique music style will be unknown to almost everyone outside Portugal and maybe Brazil, the museum does a good job of taking the novice through the history, the social... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must-see to understand fado. The audio guide is great for not only providing information, but letting you hear multiple pieces of music. I look forward to hearing fado live on my next visit.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is the museum every visitor of the city should visit. It is well organized, informative and modern, explaining a lot about the bittersweet music that was born in this neighborhood and the soul of the city. The museum is open from 10 AM to 6 PM (every day except Monday and the entrance fee is only 5 Eur.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Fado is a live musical phenomenon that is part of Lisbon's fabric. I had never heard of it before going to Lisbon, and became interested by hearing it sung in restaurants in Bairro Alto and Alfama. We went to the Fado Museum, and it gives more context about this Lisbon genre of music. Great hand held audio that comes with... More 

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MuseuFado, Public Relations Manager at Museu do Fado / Fado Museum, responded to this review

Dear StrawberriSmoothie, Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our museum, your comments are very much valued. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Lisbon! Best Regards, Rita More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Fado Museum is the about the music of Portugal born right here in Lisbon. The museum is very well designed. It is 5 euro to get in. Opening hrs.-10:00-6pm Closed Monday audioguide in different languages. On the audioguide you get to hear Fado music at different times throughout the tour.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

You will probably get more out of this museum if you have already experienced a fado performance, I think. Nevertheless, if you haven't, the descriptive audio guide will give you a decent enough introduction to the genre, and the museum provides a lot of background to its origins and its subsequent history. It's not far outside the city centre, close... More 

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St. Neot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Pleasant restaurant for a light lunch.Helpful,welcoming staff. Fado music played as we ate.Raining at the time,so we ate inside.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you can only go to one museum in Lisbon, this is the one. Located on the edge of the Alfama District in Lisbon, the birthplace of Fado, the museum provides a comprehensive experience for both an introduction to Fado and a more expert and in depth exploration. When you enter the museum, you are directed to the gift shop,... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Make sure to get a table in the terrace and order their delicious amuse bouche. Staff are nice and efficient.

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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 Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
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