National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado Museum)
Centrally located in Lisbon’s bustling Chiado district, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, or MNAC) houses one of Portugal’s largest collections of modern art. Also known as the Chiado Museum, the gallery is housed in the historic Convent of São Francisco.
Travelers can visit the Chiado Museum independently or as part of a private sightseeing tour, which allows you to customize your itinerary according to your interests. Exploring with an art-historian guide serves to orient first-time visitors and provide important context for masterpieces by the likes of Rodin and José de Almada Negreiros. Most routes covered by hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses stop outside the Chiado Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Chiado Museum is a must-visit for art lovers.
Visitors must purchase an admission ticket to visit the museum, but entrance is included with the Lisbon Card.
The Chiado Museum is fully wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Chiado Museum is located at Rua Serpa Pinto 4 in the Chiado district, near the Baixa-Chiado metro station. Alternatively, take tram 28 to Rua Nova da Trindade or Rua Vítor Cordon. Buses 60, 208, and 758 also stop nearby.
When to Get There
The Chiado Museum opens from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Christian religious holidays such as Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.
Lisbon for Art Lovers
With a treasure trove of art galleries, Lisbon is a mecca for art lovers. Highlights include the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), which exhibits art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; the Museum of Design and Fashion (Museu do Design e da Moda), which showcases a range of pop art and contemporary design; and the National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo), home to 10,000 different examples of Portuguese tile.
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