Out-of-the-way museums and sights, Lisbon
A refreshing garden surrounds the buildings that sign the arrival point of the aqueduct built few years before the earthquake, and that, surviving it, stood working until recently.
Now the place is used as the museum of the water company and deserves a visit.
When I took the pictures a temporary glass exhibition was on. It should be repeated (new ideas) soon, but... I'm retired, and without my help things will be more difficult to the artist.
Maybe it is interesting! Maybe it is just starting to make and display its collection! Maybe I didn't see the best part. But…
I had a professional meeting in this museum, and used the occasion to have a look. Well, not impressed!
For a lover of the theme or for a museum devourer forced to see them all, it’s OK. But if you have to select, look at the nice building and head to the mandatory ones.
At the northern entrance of Lisbon, a beautiful complex of buildings and gardens is the place for the museums of costumes and theatre, both connected by the park of Monteiro-mor.
It's not easy to reach, if you are not on wheels, but Metro (Lumiar) stops not to very far, and there are buses around (3,4,7,35,101, I think).
In the hot busy days it's a refreshing and interesting alternative to the mandatory places, crowded of tourists.
Take the tram 15 and ride to Carris transport museum. A watman will accompany you after wisiting the artifacts and objects halls and he will get you in a tram which is built in 1910's and you will ride on a special track in through the historic tram depot and than you will see the old and great transport items like double decker buses older trams and more.
You can not find here from general maps or brochures but if you take tram 15 you shall directly go this amazin place.On the route of tram 15 there are also many other museums like; Communications museum,ancient art museum,Macau museum,Electricity museum,National Coach museum,Jeronimos Monastery,Naval Museum,V.De Gama Aquarium,and tower of Belem....
Address:Museu Da Carris
Rua 1º de Maio, 101 - 103
One of the less visited museums in Lisbon (It is new, opened in 1996) this museum, in Belém area, shows several displays concerning energy producing.
It was not difficult to gather a good display, since the museum occupies an old thermoelectric central station, keeping the old equipment. If you have nothing more important to see...
It uses to have some interesting temporary exhibitions.
This was the house where Amalia Rodrigues spent her last 45 years. Six rooms are open to the public here. These are almost like Amalia left them. The hall; with a huge Amalia's portrait; the dining room, the guest bedroom; Amalia's bedroom and the living room.
In this house you can see several of her belongings. For instance there are some of her stage dresses and many medals she got during her long career.
Unfortunately it isn't allowed to take pictures inside the house.
Almalia's house is located in Rua de Sao Bento, 193. It is not far from the Parliament building. The nearest metro stop is Rato.
Included in Belem complex, by the river, this museum uses some of the best buildings from the 1940 Expo.
It shows crafts from almost all the country, and if you have no opportunity to discover them in their original location, it may be a quick and easy way to find out what our Country produces in popular crafts.
Museu Nacional do azulejo (National Glazed Tile Museum) is installed in the former Madre de Deus Convent at Rua Madre de Deus 4 and it displays a collection of glazed tiles dating from the 15thC to the present day.
Entrance fee E3,00
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
Closed on Monday
This aqueduct is one of the 4 places which are part of the Water Museum (Museu da Agua). In my opinion, this is the most interesting of the 4. The biggest arch is 65 meters tall and around 29 meters wide. The total length of the aqueduct is 941 meters. If you want to visit it, first you should contact the Museum.
The easiest way to get there is by bus (#2).
These bulls are shown at the station "Campo Pequeno".
At the other side you can see a toreador with his horse (see also my travelogue).
These images (all made out of azulejos) refer also to the "Corridas de Touros" (arena for bullfights) which is situated at Campo Pequeno.
A walk in the underground might sound a bit strange, but most of the stations are nicely decorated with the use of azulejos. They are beautiful and relatively easy to maintain. And besides that, azulejos are also part of the Portugese culture.
Some of the stations are certainly worth a visit, so just get off the metro and take a closer look.
Museu da Cidade (City Museum) documents the history of Lisbon in the different stages of its evolution. Organized chronologically, presenting the city's evolution from the earliest times to the twentieth century, through some of the most striking aspects of its history, the different dynastic crises, the Descobrimentos, the earthquake of 1755, or the establishment of the Republic, being not just Lisbon history but also Portugal's history. It's divided by periods or decisive events in the development of Lisbon, in its various aspects - urban, economic, political and social.
Located at Palácio Pimenta or Palácio Campo Grande it has relativelly large garden and a boxwood garden that retains almost its full original design. At one end there is a Jogo da Pela popular game in the eighteenth-century nobility, which is accessed through a mall decorated with mythological figures and busts of the polls coming from another Palace that no longer exists (Flor da Murta). More recently, in a lake were placed statues of mermaids and tritons that belonged to one of the fountains of the Passeio Publico (also no longer exists).
Several thematic exhibitions are regularly displayed at the gardens.
Museu da Cidade
Campo Grande, 245
Metro: Green Line / station Campo Grande
Bus: 7, 36, 47, 78, 96, 106, 108, 701, 738, 745, 750, 767, 777
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
The Museu da Água (water museum) is dedicated to the history of water supply to Lisbon, is divided into several sections: Aqueduto das Águas Livres, Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras, Reservatório da Patriarcal (Jardim Principe Real), Estação Elevatória dos Barbadinhos (Pumping Station). This is the only portuguese museum to be awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize.
Each section is a monument per si.
The headquarters are at the Estação Elevatória dos Barbadinhos
Open - Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Closed Sundays and Holidays
Includes sections for zoology, anthropology and mineralogy, and areas for temporary exhibitions.
Museu Mineralógico e Geológico.
The consequences of the tragic fire of the then Faculty of Science, held in 1978 that almost completely destroyed the premises of the Museum, are still clearly evident.
It integrates the Museum's collection, a collection of Dinosaurs, whose formation began in the nineteenth century with the harvest of a tooth from the Jurassic theropod at Lourinhã and footprints of Jurassic Theropods at Cabo Mondego.
Much of the exhibited pieces in the collections resulting from the research activities of the museum.
Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58
The Rua de São Bento is one of those sloping streets that connects the more modern areas around Rato to the older and more cramped quarters of Bica, Santa Catarina and, eventually, Bairro Alto. Still, the street is well worth a visit, both for the architecture of the houses and also for the shops and sights along the way. Rua de São Bento is lined with houses covered in the tiles that seem to be characteristic of the city (despite the fact that they were originally seem as gaudy and unattractive by the upper classes when they were introduced in the 19th century). Many of these are in excellent condition and perfect for pictures. The street also hosts various curio shops and bookstores selling used and rare books, as well as other antiques, so it is a great place to look for unique souvenirs. Finally, it also plays host to the Casa-Museu Amalia Rodriguês, the former home and museum dedicated to the Queen of Portuguese Fado. I didn’t stop in to see the Museum, as I’m not a terribly devoted fado fan, but it is always an option for anyone looking to do something off the city’s well-trodden beaten track.