January 18, 2018 by The Atlas Team
Museu dos Azulejos
See the history of traditional Portuguese tiles with a side of duck rice
0-12 years: Free; Adults: €5; +65 years: €2.50; Students / youth card: €2.50; Family (of more than 4): 50% Discount
Rua da Madre de Deus, 4, Lisboa
+351 218 100 340, website
Tue – Sun, 10h – 18h
This 16th-century monastery-turned-museum features artists like Álvaro Siza among its permanent collection, which dates back to the origins of ceramics and spans to modern day, teaching you about the process of making and glazing along the way. The layout spans the rich history of tile-making and arts, with 3D Moorish designed tiles you can touch to feel the peaks and valleys, and some of the strangest-looking creatures painted on oversized tile-scapes you will ever see. The panoramic map of Lisbon painted entirely on tiles is mind-blowing, as is the open-air cafeteria atrium serving a killer arroz do pato (duck rice) while some friendly turtles bathe lazily in the fountain at the back.