Out-of-the-way museums and sights, Lisbon
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 guests 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.
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).
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.
This is a treasure house of art covering almost every significant epoch. Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art comprise half the exhibition rooms and the remainder is devoted to European art from medieval times to the early 20th century.
The gardens are well kept and are really beautifull.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
CASA-MUSEU DR. ANASTACIO GONCALVES was a nice little neighborhood find, located just across the street from our hotel (Hotel Zenit, 1 block from the Saldanha Metro station.) Antonio Anastacio Goncalves was born in Alcaneno on Oct. 2, 1889 and passed away on Sept. 15, 1965 in Russia.
He was a prestigious opthamalogist in Portugal, and was Calouste Gulbenkian's physician. He travelled quite a bit, but as the museum literature points out, what was amazing was that "in spite of having travelled alot all over the world, his collection was acquired in Portugal, although it includes pieces from different sources."
The building is a home, Casa Malhoa, designed by architect Manoel Joaquim Norte. It has a n amazing stained glass window that features a Portuguese maiden picking oranges from a tree. Goncalves collected many paintings from Portuguese painters such as Silva Porto, Malhoa, Columbano, Joao Vas, Antonio Ramalho, Carlos Reis, Mario Augusto, Marques de Oliveira and others. He also collected English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Chinese furniture and antiques.
Here's a big tip: admission is 2 EUR, but FREE on Sundays between 10am and 2pm. It is a small treasure tucked away in the Saldanha neighborhood that is worth a peek.
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
Located on the southern edge of the Alfama neighborhood, this small museum illustrates the history of fado, Portugal's contribution to the musical pantheon. Performed by vocalists and guitarists, the music sounds like a cross between the blues and flamenco, with the beautiful sound of the Portuguese language making it very haunting to listen to. The museum goes in somewhat exhausting detail through every aspect of fado's history and styles. What is great is that you can listen to samples of all types of fado singing and playing. Naturally, there is a great gift shop (more of a record store, really), and we made the most of the opportunity to pick up some CDs.
At Largo de S. Domingos de Benfica 1, you will find this palace with a fantastic "Italian style" garden with lots of fountains, statues and buildings with tiles.
Well, like the pictures speak for themselfs.
(Unfortunaly the palace was closed when we were their, so we only visited the garden.)