Museu de Arte Popular

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Inaugurated in 1948, the Museu de Arte Popular was born from the reformulation of the old pavilion of the “Section of Popular Life”, created for the Portuguese World Exhibition of 1940, with a project by the architects António Reis Camelo and João Simões. It was designed according to the program formulated in 1946 by António Ferro, then director of the National Propaganda Secretariat (SPN) under the name of “Museum of the People”, and organized according to the administrative division of the national territory under the Portuguese Constitution of 1933. In the process of creating the Museu de Arte Popular, the project also had the collaboration of an extensive team of “decorator-painters” made up of Carlos Botelho, Eduardo Anahory, Estrela Faria, Manuel Lapa, Paulo Ferreira and Tomás de Mello (Tom). In this context, the Museu de Arte Popular presents a significant set of mural compositions, characterizing the different regions of the country, authentic experiments in modernist painting that portray the people both in their daily lives, and in popular festivals and pilgrimages. Besides the patrimonial and historical relevance of the architectural ensemble, is added the importance of the collection gathered since 1935, during the Universal Exhibitions and the various initiatives promoted by the Estado Novo in the 1930s. The collection of the Museu de Arte Popular has since been transferred to the Museu Nacional de Etnologia where it is exposed in visitable reserves.


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How to get

Bus: 714, 727, 28, 751, 729 / Buses on the Sintra Line 113, 149
Trams: 15
Boat: River Transport Cais de Belém


Wednesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
Saturdays and Sundays: closed from 1 pm to 2 pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday; January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 13, December 24 and 25


Regular ticket: 2.5 €
Free admission on Sundays and holidays until 2 pm for all citizens residing in national territory
Children and youth up to 12 years old (inclusive)


Address: Avenida de Brasília. 1400-038 Lisbon
Tel .: + 351 213 011 282

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