Monday, 14 March 2011

Lisbon and its Museums

Following the promotion available on our Website, which allows you to visit most of Lisbon's Museums at extraordinary discounted rates, I've asked our Concierge to point out, in his opinion, the "Top 5 Museums" not be missed.

I took the liberty of adding one, very fresh, but which is making quite a success: the "Mude" ( Museu do Design e da Moda). Located in one of the busiest streets of Lisbon, Rua Augusta, in a bulding that used to be a Bank and with a very unique atmosphere, with raw cement walls constrating with the luxury of the pieces presented.

The following proposals are more antique, but in the hold, are an important part of Lisbon's History.

Museu do Chiado or Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea features the collection of Portuguese art from 1850 to the present, which is the most important collection of Portuguese contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, video and other media.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, is one of the most important museums of Portugal, with its unique collection, dedicated to the tile, a distinctive artistic expression of Portuguese culture, and the unique building in which it is installed, the former Convent of Madre de Deus.

Museu Nacional dos Coches is the most visited museum in Portugal.
Made in Portugal, Italy, France, Austria and Spain, the coaches cover three centuries and range from simple to sophisticated. The main gallery in the style of Louis XVI, is occupied by two rows of coaches built for the Portuguese royalty.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is located in a XVII century palace built for the Counts of Alvor. This building is also called the Palace of Alvor-Pombal.
The museum contains the largest collection of paintings, with emphasis on the religious works of Portuguese artists. Most of the parts came from convents and monateries after the suppression of religious orders in 1834.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is located at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Its collection consists of about six thousand pieces of ancient and modern art, of which only one thousand and thirty are exposed to the public.

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