Decorative Arts Museum

Visitor's Guide

Decorative Arts Museum in Alfama, Lisbon

Tram 28 stops by the museum in the Portas do Sol viewpoint

The 18th-century Azurara Palace, which faces the Portas do Sol viewpoint, is home to the Ricardo Espírito Santo Foundation, whose art collection shows how aristocrats lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Palácio Azurara houses the Decorative Arts Museum, Lisbon

A tiled staircase leads to the rooms displaying the collection of decorative arts

Ricardo Espírito Santo was a wealthy banker, and his priceless collection was left to the state, which created this museum in 1953.

Museu de Artes Decorativas, Lisbon

The rooms are just as beautiful as many of the pieces they hold

Decorative pieces such as Flemish tapestries, Indo-Portuguese furniture, paintings, silver, and Chinese porcelain are on display in several tiled rooms with painted ceilings, while a workshop can be booked for visits, allowing you to see artisans working on restoration of antiques.

Decorative Arts Museum, Lisbon

The museum has pieces made in Portugal and abroad

The interior of the palace is just as worth a visit as the art on display, and one of the rooms has an elevated view of the Portas do Sol viewpoint.

Decorative Arts Museum, Lisbon

View from one of the windows

How to Get to the Decorative Arts Museum

Trams 12 and 28 stop right outside the museum, and bus 737 that goes from Praça da Figueira to the castle stops behind it.
You may ride the trams and the bus (as well as the city’s metro, funiculars and trains) for free with the Lisboa Card.

Largo das Portas do Sol, 2, Alfama

Admission and Tickets to the Decorative Arts Museum

Admission is €4.00. There’s a 20% discount with the Lisboa Card.

It's closed on Tuesdays

Attractions Nearby

The viewpoint of Portas do Sol is right outside, and that of Santa Luzia is to the left of the building. The castle is a short walk up the hill.

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