National Tile Museum is one of the most important museums in Lisbon. Aside from its specific collection, the museum is also unique because of the building it is located in. It is located in the former convent of Madre de Deus (convent of the Mother of God). This monastery was founded by Queen D. Leonor in 1509. The museum has two cloisters, made in two styles, the Renaissance and Manueline, while the church is made in the Rococo style.
The museum consists of tiles from the 15th century until today and is one of the largest collections of ceramic objects in the world. In addition to tiles, the museum collection consists of porcelain, ceramics, faience from the 19th to the 20th century. The permanent exhibition is based on various techniques and representations of materials that have been used over time, and all together represent a part of the cultural identity of Portugal. The church, the chapels of St. Anthony and Queen Leonor, as well as the choir are also part of this exhibition.
The museum was founded in 1965 and in 1980 it became the National Museum. This unique museum allows you to witness the development of the art of tiles in Portugal, which are truly one of the main symbols of this country. Precisely, these tiles give a special charm to Lisbon, and through getting to know this art, you will learn about the history of Portugal. In this museum you can experience the tradition of the country, which is known all over the world.
The staff you will meet in the museum is very friendly, and within the museum you will find a souvenir shop and a cafeteria. We recommend that you take a seat in the cafeteria and enjoy the beautiful ambience and all its charms with a warm or refreshing drink.
Ticket price for the National Tile Museum
Regular ticket price: 5 euros
Working hours of the National Tile Museum
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm
closed during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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