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National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)

#6 in Best Things To Do in Lisbon

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National Tile Museum picture in Lisbon
Azulejos picture in Lisbon
National Tile Museum picture in Lisbon

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  • 5 euros (about $6) per person
  • Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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One of the most notable aspects of Lisbon's alluring architecture is its vibrant ceramic tiles. You might find these Portuguese tiles, or azulejos, adorned on buildings during a walk about town (especially in Alfama), in gift shops (or at the Feira da Ladra), or within the walls of other top city attractions, including some of the palaces or villas that dot Sintra.

If you don't feel like spending time seeking out tiles on the streets, a visit to the National Tile Museum is the perfect alternative. The museum is filled to the brim with tiles of all colors and sizes, some of which date back to the 15th century. Some are simple, with individual tiles decorated with flowers or sailboats, while others are pieced together to create grand murals chronicling people or stories steeped with history. Not only that, but there is information spread throughout detailing how azulejos are made.

Recent visitors enjoyed both the museum's expansive collection as well as the building it's housed in – a former convent. As such, some visitors said the highlight of the visit was the chapel, adorned with not only plenty of azulejos but centuries-old oil paintings.

The museum, which also houses a gift shop and a cafe, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost 5 euros (a little more than $6) for adults. An audio guide is included with admission. The National Tile Museum is located about a mile and a half northeast of Alfama. You can reach the museum by getting off the Santa Apolónia metro stop and walking a little less than a mile northeast. Several buses, including route Nos. 718, 742 and 794 stop in front of the museum. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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