The variety of museums in Lisbon is impressively large. Museums in Lisbon are offered on a wide variety of themes, whether trams and carriages or history and culture – there is something for every taste.
The range of museums in Lisbon is unique and is constantly expanding with many new galleries and private collections. Many offers can be used free of charge or at a reduced rate with the Lisboa Card. So it’s worth checking out what’s on offer before visiting the city and planning your time.
Discover the best museums in Lisbon
The Oceanarium is a mixture of aquarium and museum that offers unforgettable visitor fun, not only for children.
Here you can observe aquatic life and learn something about environmental protection, biodiversity and oceanography. Those interested in architecture will also get their money’s worth in the building. The building is impressive.
2. Museu Nacional do Azulejothe Tile Museum
A museum dedicated exclusively to Portuguese tile art.
This may sound a bit one-sided at first glance, but during our visit we were amazed to see how diverse and varied tiles can be. For example, one can admire tiles with traditional patterns and tiles with modern patterns. There are tiles that, when put together, present the most amazing pictures. The historical images show impressive motifs from religion, urban and regional history – often these images tell the story of the times more impressively than narratives.
3. Berardo Art Museum in Lisbon
In the Berardo Art Museum you can view modern and contemporary art from Cubism to American Pop Art. Works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dalí or Andy Warhol are a must for every art lover.
4. Museu Nacional dos Coches – the carriage museum
A museum for the vehicle of the past!
In a newly built modern exhibition building, the contrast of the old magnificent carriages has a very special effect. Here the visitor can take a look inside the stately carriages or discover large carriages for country excursions.
We really enjoyed the Carriage Museum. It is the ideal excursion for the whole family!
5. Museu da Carris – the tram museum
The Tram Museum is located on the premises of the operator of the trams in Lisbon. Here, visitors can first learn about the company’s history in an exhibition. Afterwards, you can take a ride on a historic tram across the grounds to the vehicle shed. Here, visitors can see various old trams and buses, some of which can even be entered.
A great transport museum that appeals to all ages.
6. Pilar 7 – Bridge Museum
Under the bridge of 25 Abril is the Pilar 7 Museum with an exceptional viewpoint. In a bridge pillar, you can learn about the construction of the bridge in a well-designed exhibition. Afterwards, the lift takes you up to the viewing platform, which is at the same level as the bridge deck.
7. Museu de Marinha – Navy Museum
The west wing of the Hieronymite monastery houses the Navy Museum. The Portuguese Navy exhibits models, historical paintings and old navigation systems on the subject of shipping in this historic building.
8. Gulbenkian-Museum in Lisbon
Near the Praça de Espanha is the world-famous Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. It is the largest museum in the city.
The permanent exhibition shows the collected art objects of the founder Calouste Gulbenkian. The art lover collected almost 6,000 works of art during his lifetime and left the wish for a museum for his unique collection in his will.
The exhibition offers something for every taste. The museum’s most famous exhibits include Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Old Man” or “The Soap Bubble” by Monet.