Centro Cultural de Belém | MUSEUMS


Although it’s a little far from Lisbon’s downtown, Belém Cultural area is a must visit location.

You can grab the train (10m) or rent a bike and take a wonderful sightseeing ride next to the river.

Once there, among other places, you must visit CCB (Belem Cultural Center), where you’ll find a wide range of exhibitions and activities.

CBB is managed by a private foundation, which purpose is the promotion of culture, developing its creation and dissemination in all its forms, from theater to dance, from classical music to jazz, and from opera to cinema. As a complementary activity, CCB also offers a great center for conferences and professional meetings. 

WHERE: Praça do Império, Belém – Find it on Google Maps



As we’ve said before, Fado is one of the most  important trademarks of Lisbon and Portugal. To better understand its beauty you must go to the Fado Museum (between Terreiro do Paço and Santa Apolónia).

The museum doors opened to the public in 1998, showing Fado’s deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country, with related items (Portuguese Guitars mainly) and a great story telling about the all the famous Singers.


There you’ll find a Museum School, documentation center, auditorium, a permanent and temporary exhibition circuit.

Save at least 2 hours of your day to go there.

OPEN: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM (last admission: 5.30 PM).

Closed on 1st of January, 1st of May and December 25th.
PRICES: Admission – 5.00€. Reduced admission prices for:  under 30 years of age and adults over 65 years of age, OAPs and other pensioners, organized groups and families, Lisboa Card.

WHERE: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, N.º 1 – See it on Google Maps


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Started in 1795, the Ajuda National Palace was the official residence of the Portuguese royal family since the reign of King Luís I (1861) until the end of the monarchy in 1910. Today is the only palace opened in Lisbon which preserves the layout and decor of the rooms, so you can taste a bit of the XIX century. With an exceptional view over the Tagus river, and with a wide range of centuries represented (XV to XX), its peaces are mainly from the XVIII and XIX centuries where jewelry, textiles, furniture, glass and ceramics, as well as collections of painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography, articulate harmoniously, creating an unforgettable environment.

OPEN: 10h00-17h30. Closed: Wednesdays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, and December 25th

WHERE: Largo da Ajuda  – Map


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Museu do Oriente is categorized as an open public permanent museum unit, managed by the Fundação Oriente, and its mission is to increase value to the several testimonials of the Portuguese presence in Asia, as well to other different cultures of that continent.

It is a museum of international territorial scope and interdisciplinary nature, which seeks to demonstrate to its visitors, through the several points of view from the fields of History, Art and Anthropology, a vivid memory of the ancient Asian culture, and to exhibit the relation once established between the East and the West, linked mainly trough Portugal.

Until December 29th you can still find there Masaaki Miyasako exhibition, one of the most prestigious Japanese artists of today.

OPEN: 10h00-18h00. Friday: 10h00-22h00. Closed: Mondays, 1 January to 25 December

BOX OFFICE: 10h00 – 18h00. Friday: 10h00 – 22h00. 2 Closed on Mondays. Works on show days until the start of it.

WHERE: Av. Brasília, Doca de Alcântara (Norte) – See it on Google Maps


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