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National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) Tours

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National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)
Discover one of Portugal’s most beautiful icons—its colorful tiles—at Lisbon’s National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo). An impressive display of ceramic tiles teaches visitors about these intricate works, which are found nearly everywhere. Trace the Portuguese tile’s evolution, from the first 15th-century Spanish imports to today.

The Basics
The azulejo, or tile, is one of Portugal’s lasting treasures. These delicate works of art decorate homes, churches, streets, and buildings all over Lisbon and the country, depicting everything from major historical events to simple, repetitive patterns. To understand the tile’s importance in Portuguese culture, a visit to the National Tile Museum is a must. Visitors can get a closer look at this art form and see the detail that goes into each individual tile.

Visit the museum independently, on a private tour, or as a stop on the local hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) is a must-visit for history buffs, decorative arts fans, and lovers of tile work.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.
  • The museum is fully accessible with ramps and lifts, and wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get There
The National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) is held within the Convent of Madre de Deus, about a 15-minute drive from central Lisbon. You can take the 718, 742, or 794 bus to Rua Madre de Deus, right in front of the museum. Alternatively, ride the metro or train to Santa Apolonia and take a short walk to the museum.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday, except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 13, and Christmas Day. Museum admission is free every Sunday until 2pm for Portuguese citizens and residents; consider visiting outside of this time to avoid crowds.

Portugal’s Longest Tile Piece
One of the highlights of the National Tile Museum is the 1,300-piece Great View of Lisbon. The 75-foot-long (23-meter) artwork depicts a panoramic view of the city before the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. The country’s longest tile piece, it is made up of Portugal’s iconic blue-and-white tile motif.
Address: Rua Madre de Deus, 4, Lisbon, Portugal
Admission: Varies
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Lisbon Tiles and Tales: Tile Workshop and Private Tour Including National Tile Museum

Lisbon Tiles and Tales: Tile Workshop and Private Tour Including National Tile Museum

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Learn all about ‘azulejos’ (Portuguese tile art) on a full-day tour that includes a tile-making workshop in Azeitão and a visit to the National Tile Museum in Lisbon. Travel about 45 minutes to reach lovely Azeitão and study with an expert tile artist. Make your own tile to take home, then have the option to stop for lunch in the fishing village of Sesimbra or in Lisbon. Finish off your tour by browsing the excellent collection at the National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo).
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  • 8 hours
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Lisbon Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Three Routes Including Tram

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See Lisbon’s top attractions on a hop-on hop-off combo tour, including four routes. Admire 360-degree views on a double-decker bus ride to Rossio Square and the Square of the Fig Tree along the Modern Lisbon route. On the Monumental Belem bus route (ticket valid between May and October), see the UNESCO-listed Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Travel along the seasonal route including stops in old Alfama district, Bairro Alto, and Chiado neighborhoods and Estrela Park.
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Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

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Experience the compelling spectrum of Lisbon’s best sites during a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour, with tickets valid for 48 hours. See Lisbon’s many attractions from three distinct routes. Aboard a typical hop-on hop-off double-decker bus, venture along the routes to famous squares like Rossio Square and Fig Tree Square located in the charming Baixa neighborhood. The third route takes you to see the main sights of Belém. Plus, the tour includes entrance to the Santa Justa Lift, discount books full of great deals and free select public buses and the city’s funicular rides.
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Private Tour: Discovering the Tile in Lisbon

Private Tour: Discovering the Tile in Lisbon

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Discover the Portuguese tradition of tile, through a unique visit in Portugal, where you will have the opportunity to visit the ConstânciaAzul house, with years of tile tradition and responsible for works throughout the city of Lisbon, put hands on the mass and perform the his own tile, using one of the oldest ancestral tile techniques. As you can not miss, you can also visit the National Tile Museum and visit the streets of Alfama, full of stories.
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Azulejo Private Tour - National Azulejo Museum and Pastel de Belem tasting

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Portuguese tile design during this 4-hour small-group tour from Lisbon. A professional architect will serve as your guide, ushering you around the city to visit some of the most beautiful tiles on display. You’ll wander through small alleyways, charming staircases and historic avenues on this tile tour, and a mini-van will serve as your shuttle between stops. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see an important part of Portugal’s history and culture.
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Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and River Cruise

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Explore the major sights and sounds of Lisbon in just one day with this comprehensive guided tour. Not only is it ideal for travelers on a time crunch—with flexible half-day and full-day options available—it’s the perfect way to enjoy your Lisbon vacation in style. Tour the capital’s key destinations, such as the Alfama historical quarter, accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
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