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“Beautiful Architecture...Exhibits Left Wanting”

MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
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River Tagus Sunset Cruise in Lisbon
Ranked #158 of 467 things to do in Lisbon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is a new cultural proposal for the city of Lisbon. A museum that combines these three fields in a space for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. An innovative project that brings together a new building, designed by the architect Amanda Levete, and the Tejo Power Station, an example of Portuguese industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country. MAAT reflects the desire to present national and international exhibitions with contributions from contemporary artists, architects and thinkers. Contemplating great themes and current trends, the programming will also present diverse curatorial views on the EDP Foundation’s Art Collection. MAAT programming began on June 30 2016 with the presentation of four exhibitions in renovated rooms at the Tejo Power Station. On October 5 2016, the new building opened the doors with a large-scale work specifically conceived by the French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster for this space. Through MAAT, the EDP Foundation brings new energy to the city of Lisbon’s culture and landscape. The diversity of the programmes and spaces make this an important stop in the city’s cultural map. A venue created for all audiences, of all ages.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a remarkable architectural addition to the river front area at Belem. A sweeping tiled building located right on the river is stunning. The exhibition space is just as dramatic but the lack of substance on our visit was disappointing....the video area was closed and the art installation underwhelming. The old power station may have been a more entertaining option.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to that part of the riverfront after visiting Cristo Rei,for viewing sunset and Ponte 25 de Abril. It was very pleasant to walk along the promenade. The museum has 2 parts, one a brick structure, the former Tejo Power Station, now turned science museum. Another is a beautiful modern structure designed by British architect Amanda Levete, covered with ceramic tiles and with a cantilevered rooftop terrace where you can walk up. As it was late and near the closing time of the museum, I didn't visit the former power station (very atmospheric when lighted up in the evening). But with a free ticket, I managed to get inside the new building for a sneak peek. The large sunken Oval Gallery has a long ramp. There was an exhibition (commissioned by MAAT), Bill Fontana: Shadow Soundings, with video and sound installations on Ponte 25 de Abril and Rio Tejo. It was very interesting. Wish I had got there earlier.
Day or night, you can enjoy beautiful views from there on the riverfront promenade or up on the rooftop terrace.
Would definitely go back next time in Lisbon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Museum of art architecture and technology, few hours visit is enough. FIRST SUNDAY of the month is FREE. Art section, visual gallery was closed under maintenance. On the other hand the technology part and the factory is the red building next to it is a must visit. Kids would like it too as it as self do science experiments.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is fantastic - a piece of architecture that has to be seen. The modern art inside didnt on this occassion appeal to me but for some it will be great. In a superb area of Lisbon and a full day can be spent here.
The power station is listed as closed - IT ISNT - it is very much open and has to be one of the best museums I have ever visited. A closed power station so superbly restored and displayed. HAS TO BE VISITED

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there to the general/permanent exhibition. They charged 9€ for literally nothing. The main room was closed. There was no structure for the 'one' artist that was being shown. Staff was very rude. It worth going to see the building though. Nice facade and accessible roof. (At least they don't charge you to go up there).

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