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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio guide” (17 reviews)
“art form” (7 reviews)
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 yesterday 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 411oana
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank ClaireWilson36
Reviewed 18 May 2017 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,...More

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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.

Thank star557799
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...More

Thank Borzov
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

Thank StrawberriSmoothie
MuseuFado, Public Relations Manager at Museu do Fado / Fado Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

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

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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