National Tile Museum
Whether you’re living in Lisbon or not, you should visit this museum with eyes that feel and understand that Portuguese history is portrayed in this space with a whole lot of love and admiration.
Here you’ll not only find tiles, but also temporary exhibitions such as that of contemporary MiquelBarceló, among others.
Helena Miranda was kind enough to give us a guided tour, which was fascinating, because of the entire context, as well as all the information that was unknown to us until then. From the first contact with those believed to be the first Portuguese tiles, up until the present day, it seems like the tile went from decorative art to contemporary art, and has currently gone back to being a source of social status.
After all, the tile fad only lasted a few years, but the style has always accompanied the economic power Portugal was experiencing at any given time.
Tiles were used to decorate altars, to map cities, gave status to those who had more of them and were also the stage of political and social satire.
They are Portuguese and deserve that we know their history, seeing as they tell our own so well... for that, and for so much more, this place is a must see.
Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Last entry at 5:30 pm | Close: Monday and Easter Sunday and and New Year holidays, May 1st and December 25th