The Museum of Contemporary Art in the Belém Cultural Center
Formerly known as the Berardo Collection Museum, the MAC/CCB houses Lisbon's most acclaimed modern and contemporary art collection, which is also recognized as one of Europe's best. Most of it was amassed by Portuguese businessman Joe Berardo, who acquired art with the assistance of his friend Francisco Capelo, whose own collection is seen in the city's Design and Fashion Museum.
Andy Warhol's "Portrait of Judy Garland” is one of the highlights of the collection
The original Berardo Collection Museum was created in the Belém Cultural Center in 2007 to display close to 1000 pieces of Berardo’s collection, offering a global perspective of visual arts from the 20th century to today, with an emphasis on European and American art. Some of the artists represented include Andy Warhol, Picasso, Joan Miró, Jeff Koons, and Paula Rego. Their pieces are spread over two floors, and consist of paintings, sculpture, photography, and installations.
Salvador Dali's "White Aphrodisiac Telephone"
Among the highlights are Warhol’s "Portrait of Judy Garland” (an iconic painting from 1979, depicting the Hollywood legend), Picasso’s "Femme dans un Fauteuil (Métamorphose)" (the museum’s most valuable work, estimated to be worth over 18 million euros), Roy Lichtenstein’s "Interior With Restful Paintings" (one of several “interiors” imagined by Lichtenstein, from 1991), and Paula Rego’s "The Barn" (painted in 1994, illustrating an episode of violence against women).
The terrace of the museum has a view of the Jerónimos Monastery
There are also temporary exhibitions of national and international modern and contemporary art.
The museum became the MAC/CCB (Museu de Arte Contemporânea/Centro Cultural de Belém, or the Contemporary Art Museum in the Belém Cultural Center) in 2023, to include other collections acquired by the foundation that runs the museum.
How to Get to the MAC/CCB Museum
The MAC/CCB is in the district of Belém, to the west of central Lisbon. The fastest way to get there is by train, but a tram and a bus also stop nearby. The train departs every 20 minutes from Cais do Sodré Station (it’s the train to Cascais), and stops in Belém in 7 minutes. The museum is down the road from the station.
The tram is number 15, which departs from Praça da Figueira. Bus 714 also departs from Praça da Figueira and stops in Belém.
You may ride the train, the tram and the bus for free with the Lisboa Card.
Praça do Império, Belém
Admission and Tickets to the MAC/CCB Museum
Admission is €5.00. It’s free on the first Sunday of each month and there’s a 30% discount with the Lisboa Card.
It's closed on Mondays
For more contemporary art, walk along the waterfront and visit the MAAT, which is also worth a visit for the iconic building. You’ll also enjoy the magnificent collection of the neighboring Coaches Museum. Lisbon’s two World Heritage Sites (the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower) are a few steps away.