Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança


The Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança is housed in the Palácio do Monteiro-Mor, a building from the 18th century, which after a fire - where only the outer walls remained - was restored and designed to fit the museum program. The permanent exhibition includes pieces from the most diverse backgrounds, such as stage costumes created and designed by artists like Almada Negreiros or Paula Rego, stage costumes and jewels used by Amália Rodrigues, original costumes and stage sets designed by Carlos Botelho, Mário Cesariny, José de Guimarães or Pedro Calapez, and original portraits of theater people painted by Columbano, Tagarro and many others. These are all objects and documents that represent a part of the History of Theater and the Performing Arts in Portugal, and that correspond to a very small percentage of the total of the Museum's collections - amounting to more than 250,000 pieces today.


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