National Ethnology Museum, Lisbon

Find out more about the National Ethnology Museum, in Lisbon.

National Ethnology Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
National Ethnology Museum
© António Rento, MNE

The National Ethnology Museum is housed in a building specially constructed for this purpose in line with the most modern museological theories.

National Ethnology Museum, Lisbon
National Ethnology Museum
© António Rento, MNE

The National Museum of Ethnology's collection has around 40.000 objects from different parts of the world, although most of them are from Portugal – mainland and islands – and its former colonies.

The museum currently hosts its permanent exhibition “The museum, many things”. It is built around seven rotating main themes: Balinese shadow theatre; dolls from Southwest Angola; pot lids with sayings from Cabinda; masks and puppets from Mali; Portuguese folk music instruments; tallies from Rio de Onor; and Franklim’s sculpture, which are a result of an intensive internship programme promoted by the museum. Besides, the museum provides public access to two reserve collections: the Rural Life Galleries featuring objects assembled from the agricultural, grazing, traditional technologies and home utensils collections; and the Amazonian Galleries including objects from around 40 Amazon tribes, especially from Brazil

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Avenida Ilha da Madeira, Lisboa.

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Tusdays from 14h00 to 18h00. From Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10h00 to 18h00.
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Groups: 5 - 25 people
Schools: Wednesdays and Fridays.
Other Groups:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 14h30 - Rural Life Galleries
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 15h30 - Amazonian Galleries

Booking Schedule: Wednesdays 9h30 -13h00; 14h00 - 17h30


(+351) 213041160.


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Bus: 28, 714, 732.

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