National Tile Museum, Lisbon

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#2 of 529 in Museums in Portugal
Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, National Tile Museum showcases tiles dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in ceramic tile work or in learning more about a specialty of the region, take the time to visit this museum. Step inside and discover azulejo--the painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tiles. The Moors brought this craft to Portugal, where it has become an essential part of the country's culture. It's typically seen in churches, palaces, homes, and even railway stations. Explore the colorful, decorative exhibits that chronicle historical and cultural events in Portugal throughout the last several centuries. Make National Tile Museum a centerpiece of your Lisbon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lisbon trip planning app .
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  • Let me start by saying this place is worth visiting art lovers. All the exhibits are well preserved and organized along a chronological path. Only minus the lack of a brochure to be followed along the way. The student price of 2.50 euros is definitely in favour, given the short visit albeit interesting. 1:00 time approx. Positive note: while out of town well connected by bus. Recommended.
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  • Even those with only a passing interest in tiles will enjoy this place in a great location, beautiful ex-monastry with fantastic wall and ceiling decorations that out the austere cathedral to shame. G...  more »
  • This museum traces the technology used to produce these tiles over the time. We discover works worthy of great artists. The tour passes by the absolutely beautiful chapel!
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  • If you've spent any time in Lisbon you can't help but notice ceramic tiles. They are everywhere. After seeing so many my friend and I trekked out to the National Tile Museum to learn a little more about them. Apart from the expected history of tile making there are many impressive examples walls covered in murals made from tiles. My favourite was a massive and detailed panoramic mural of Lisbon from a just before the 1755 earthquake. There is also a wonderfully ornate church as part of the museum. If you need to relax while there the cafe is very peaceful - lots of shade, trees, waterfalls.
  • A bit of a walk but so cool! You'd think a tile museum would be super lame but it was great. Loads of cool art in a beautiful building.
  • I would rate this the best museum in Lisbon: it gives you an inside into one of the greatest Portuguese cultural elements and walks you through hundreds of years of history. Thoroughly enjoyable, colorful and fun.
  • Great place, you can learn some history here and see Lisbon looked like before the big earthquake. You can see how the tiles are made and some very amazing patterns.
  • Did not expect this to be very interesting, but boooy was I wrong! The museum is housed in a former convent, in itself worthy to admire. Besides the museum items there are the monastery decorations and treasures to behold at. Also an experience is dining in the beautiful restaurant in the monastery courtyard. It was a nice little trip outside the usual tourist objectives, and it gave some context to the everpresent tiles found everywhere in the city. Definetly worth a visit.

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