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Museu de Arte Popular

Portugal's Museums: Museu de Arte Popular

Museu de Arte Popular

Lisbon's Museu de Arte Popular is located very close to the Monument to the Discoveries in the Belem district of western Lisbon close to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Belem Tower and the Maritime Museum.

Museu de Arte Popular, Belem, Lisbon.
Lisbon Museu de Arte Popular
Museu de Arte Popular, Belem, Lisbon.
Lisbon Museu de Arte Popular

The Museu de Arte Popular, was inaugurated in 1948, following the reconstruction of the "Secção da Vida Popular" pavilion built for the 1940 Portuguese World Exhibition (Exposição do Mundo Português) of which the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) was a major symbol.

The various rooms of the museum recreate the various regions of Portugal and were designed to display local folk art. The outside of the building is also designed in a rural Portuguese style.

The five rooms of the permanent exhibition that make up the museum is now closed to the public (the rooms representing Douro and Minho, Tras-os-Montes, Algarve, Beiras, Extremadura and Alentejo), and the collection of Museu de Arte Popular has been transferred to the Museu Nacional de Etnologia.

Nowadays visitors to the Museu de Arte Popular can observe the original murals in the ​​reception, visit the museum shop will sells ceramics, woodwork, objects in cork, textiles and books and enjoy the excellent and reasonably priced (for expensive Belem) cafe.

Museu de Arte Popular, Belem, Lisbon.
Lisbon Museu de Arte Popular under renovation, 2008
Museu de Arte Popular, Belem, Lisbon.
Lisbon Museu de Arte Popular

Museu de Arte Popular
Av. de Brasilia
Lisboa 1400-038
Tel: 21 301 1282

Buses: #28, #714, #727, #729 or #751. Tram: #15 from Cais do Sodre; From Cascais or Cais de Sodre on the Cascais Line (Linha de Cascais) get out at Belém station; Ferry: From Porto Brandaõ on the south side of the River Tagus to Estação Fluvial de Belém or take the Linha Cascais train from Cais de Sodre to Belem Station.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm); Saturdays and Sundays, closed from 1pm to 2pm.
Admission: Fee (certain reductions available; please consult the website above)

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