Lisbon Metropolitan Area Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Lisbon Metropolitan Area Museums & exhibitions

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

Lisbon: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

2. Lisbon: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

Learn about one of the most influential artists of all time with this clever multimedia production. Historical photographs and original movies will guide you through different sounds and environments, reproducing moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and showing the story behind the icon. This experience is divided into two distinct stages. In the first, walk by several artistic installations, experience virtual reality, and create your own customized Frida model. In the second, immerse yourself in a 360º audiovisual show displaying some of the most unique moments from the artist’s personal life. You'll walk away fascinated by the life of Frida Kahlo, whose rebellious spirit and talent still inspire women of all ages due to her strength and unique personality.

Lisbon: Luz Stadium Tour and SL Benfica Museum Ticket

3. Lisbon: Luz Stadium Tour and SL Benfica Museum Ticket

Discover the Portuguese passion for football on a guided tour of Luz Stadium, home to the SL Benfica Football Club, one of the most popular football clubs in Lisbon and Portugal. Retrace the footsteps of legendary players like Eusébio, Paulo Futre, and Mantorras at the museum. Start with a tour of the largest and most modern stadium in Portugal. Uncover the secrets of the home to the 2014 final of the Champions League. Explore this multi-purpose stadium that opened in 2003. Walk through the field, visit the locker rooms and press room, and take a photo of yourself with the eagle mascot of Sport Lisboa and Benfica. Learn about soccer landmarks in the “History of Benfica” exhibition at the Museum Benfica Cosme Damião. Hear about SL Benfica’s legendary player, Eusébio, and explore the modern, multimedia technology of the museum. Get an alternative history lesson of Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world.

Lisbon: Immersivus Gallery Lisboa Experience Ticket

4. Lisbon: Immersivus Gallery Lisboa Experience Ticket

Enter a space dedicated to immersive experiences in Lisbon. Walk through and pause to watch the art projections which make use of fantastic technology. See how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. The Mãe D'Água das Amoreiras Reservoir will be transformed into a monumental canvas where the content will be projected 360º. Watch from the standing audience around the space or from the platform underwater. From both places, you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history. Immersivus Gallery Lisboa was born in the Mãe D'Água das Amoreiras Reservoir. It aims to be an artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offer of the capital. Currently on display is the Impressive Monet, Brilliant Klimt, and Misterioso Egito. Other shows will include work from national and international artists. Impressive Monet, is a reinterpretation of the paintings from the founding father of Impressionism, showing the journey beyond the frame through the artist's endless search for capturing light. Brilliant Klimt, show traces the biographical path and the artistic legacy of the Austrian artist through his iconic painting - The Kiss. This will be the main thread of the journey while exploring the influences of Klimt's world. The Christmas magic has arrived at the immersive Gallery with “O Fabuloso Circo de Natal”. An immersive audiovisual experience with several moments full of surprises and fun. Misterioso Egito, "The Mysterious Egypt", showcases artefacts and artwork from ancient Egyptian culture interpreted as a stunning showcase of light, design, and lasers.

Lisbon: The World of Banksy Immersive Art Experience Ticket

5. Lisbon: The World of Banksy Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Find out more about the elusive Banksy, who is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974, and who became famous for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s. Explore the exhibition of his works from the United States, Paris, and the United Kingdom before ending at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem. Get the chance to discover all of the main masterpieces that have made the world wonder. Take time yourself to pause and think over the message he intends to share. Delve deep into this immersive experience and share it with your friends and family.

Lisbon: Street Art Tour

6. Lisbon: Street Art Tour

Join this guided walking trip to explore the colorful streets of Lisbon and discover an open-air gallery of today's most innovative urban street artists. See graffiti and sophisticated murals, and get a feel for the locals. Encounter whimsical murals of lizards and horses on the side of an entire building, along with political and social statements such as Obey's "Revolution Mural" as a contrast to the wealth of the surrounding area. See small masterpieces concealed in the hidden alleys of the old town and large-scale installations in wide-open areas. Look at works in progress and admire art that has been there for decades.

Lisbon: 3D Fun Art Museum Admission Ticket

7. Lisbon: 3D Fun Art Museum Admission Ticket

Experience a modern museum concept with colorful and interactive exhibits. Dive into the world of the 3D Fun Art Museum in Lisbon and connect with unique art in a relaxed way. Become immersed in each creative scenario and take amazing photos. Gaze at the dazzling infinity mirror room. Encounter 40 different visual scenarios, including 2D images and optical illusions, and enter a world of fantasy and imagination. Feel like a kid as you interact with each set, becoming a character inside their story. Step into different scenarios to be Van Gogh’s doctor, take a safari, have a dinosaur as a pet, have your head being served on a table, and even drink a glass of wine served by God in Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam".

Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Entry Ticket

8. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Entry Ticket

Explore the museum's galleries on two independent circuits, organized geographically and in chronological order. Discover the first loop which encompasses the Eastern and Classical Art on display in the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian, and Far Eastern galleries. Take the second circuit to delve into European Art from the beginning of the 11th century to the mid-20th century, with sections devoted to the Art of the Book, Sculpture, Painting, Decorative Arts, and the work of René Lalique, Calouste Gulbenkian close friend. Begin the European Art circuit with works in ivory and illuminated manuscripts, followed by a selection of 15th, 16th and 17th-century sculptures and paintings. Explore the French 18th-century decorative arts collection with its outstanding gold and silver objects and furniture, as well as paintings and sculptures. Continue your journey through art history with a group of paintings by the Venetian painter Francesco Guardi, 18th and 19th-century English paintings. End your route through the museum by viewing the superb collection of jewels and glass by René Lalique, displayed in its own room.

Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

9. Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

Get an intimate tour of Lisbon with your own personal walking guide, and enjoy an insight into the city’s history and traditions. View amazing sites, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square, Lisbon Cathedral, and more. Meet your guide and step back in time to the 18th century when the city was destroyed by an earthquake and completely rebuilt. Stroll through Rossio Square, in the heart of both old and new Lisbon. Look at the Obelisk in the center of Restauradores Square, commemorating the Restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain in 1640. Learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974, at beautiful Carmo Square, where Portugal's dictatorial regime fell after 48 years. Walk through the elegant Chiado neighborhood, and see old cafés, boutiques, theaters, and bookstores. Taste a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata) and then enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon's vintage trams. Wander through the old maze of small squares and narrow alleyways of the Moorish Alfama neighborhood, where time seems to have stopped 1,000 years ago. Learn about Fado, Lisbon's own musical genre, as you walk past the Fado Museum, and some of Alfama's hidden Fado restaurants.  Stop for wine and a tasting at a bar and restaurant located in a medieval palace. Next, visit the 12th-century Cathedral, Lisbon’s oldest church, and end at Praça do Comércio, the former entrance hall of the city and one of Europe's largest and most beautiful squares. End your tour in Praça do Comércio, formerly the entrance hall of the city, one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful squares.

Lisboa Story Centre: 1-Day Admission Ticket

10. Lisboa Story Centre: 1-Day Admission Ticket

Dedicated to the history of the Portuguese capital, Lisboa Story Centre was inspired by the wide range of events that have shaped the city. Located in the East Wing of the newly renovated Terreiro do Paço, it was designed as an interactive visitor attraction, comprising 6 public areas, and featuring state-of-the-art technology. With your day ticket, you’ll be transported on a fascinating journey through time. Using a mixture of elaborate sets and multimedia and sensory experiences, the Centre stages dramatic recreations of Lisbon's most important historical events, exploring the myths and realities of this ancient city. Presented in a playful and interactive manner, while respecting the rich historical tapestry of this magnificent city, the Centre offers visitors a 60-minute journey across time and space in an area that covers around 2,200 square meters. On the ground-floor you’ll find the 5 main exhibition areas. Each area features a story based on episodes of Lisbon’s history, and arranged in chronological order. Visitors are guided by a recorded multilingual storyteller on a fascinating tour. You’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of a 16th-century warehouse and discover products from the New World, transported in caravela ships, also on display. You’ll witness the tragic events of All Saints' Day in 1755 in an immersive experience of the Great Earthquake and its tragic consequences. You’ll accompany the Marquis of Pombal as he implements his far-reaching vision for reconstruction of the city. These 5 exhibition areas cover Lisbon’s entire history, from the earliest civilizations to the present day. The 6th exhibition area is located on the first floor, and features a virtual scale model of the capital, enabling visitors to see the city’s various types of architecture, provides a more detailed account of Lisbon's history, and encourages visitors to discover modern Lisbon. You’ll also have access to a temporary exhibition area, relating to the Centre's main themes.

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I would give 10 stars if I could. This was the most interesting trip - the guide who was a street artist himself have such interesting perspectives of the street art, the history and communities. He taught us how to look at them from different perspective. He also covered the history of street tiles, different neighbours and town planningS We learn so much from him. I really recommend this over normal walking tour. It was such value for money and very informative.

The stadium is amazing and our tour guide was excellent. She provided info and instructions in both Portuguese and English, and was able to use her phone for other languages. Even people who didn’t seem to be football fans appeared to be enjoying the experience.

Having a ticket before you enter makes things easier. The tour of the palace takes about 45 minutes. However, you can make a day out of walking the grounds, etc.

Easy access having the advance tickets. Just scan and enter. Choosing a time was only for the line to enter the inside.

The line is long and you have to wait a while to get in! The walk up to the palace is not 30 mins it’s really 15 mins!