Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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The collection of this museum covers the tile production from the second half of the 15th century to the present. In addition to the tile, the collection includes ceramic, porcelain and faience pieces from the 19th to the 20th centuries. At the beginning of the permanent exhibition a small nucleus illustrates the materials and techniques for manufacturing tile. From this brief introduction, the exhibition path follows a chronological organization. Created in 1965, it became Museu do Azulejo in 1980. It is installed in the old Convent of Madre de Deus, founded in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor. The building underwent changes due to several construction campaigns, with emphasis on the 16th century Mannerist cloister; the church, decorated with important sets of paintings and tile coverings; the sacristy, with a chest made of Brazilian wood and carved frames surrounding paintings; the high choir, with a rich ornamentation in gilded wood; the chapel of Santo António, with baroque decoration from the 18th century and a large number of paintings by painter André Gonçalves. Through its activities, the museum reveals the history of Tile in Portugal, seeking to draw society's attention to the need and the importance of protecting that which is the artistic expression differenting Portuguese culture around the world: the Tile.


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How to get

Bus: 718, 742, 794, 28 and 759
Metro: Santa Apolónia Station (with bus connection)


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


Normal ticket: 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: Rua Madre de Deus, 4 - 1900-312 Lisboa
Tel .: + 351 218 100 340

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