The fado museum is in a former reservoir
You don't have to be a fan of fado to enjoy the Fado Museum. It’s much more than a tribute to Lisbon’s musical genre (which was placed on the World Heritage list in 2011), it also shows the cultural and political environment in Portugal, and especially in the capital, throughout much of the 20th century.
Many of fado's most famous singers and musicians are remembered on a wall
An audio guide explains what is on display (musical instruments, phonograms, costumes, trophies, among other pieces) in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. Through multimedia, visitors may also consult recordings of hundreds of artists, biographies and historical images.
"O Fado," an iconic painting from 1910 by artist José Malhoa
The museum was created in 1998, taking over an old reservoir from 1868 that stored the waters of Alfama, and that was completely restored.
At the shop you may buy fado CDs from the past and present.
If you enjoy this museum, you'll also want to visit the Amália Rodrigues House-Museum, the former home of Fado’s legendary singer, in the neighborhood of São Bento.
How to Get to the Fado Museum
The Fado Museum is less than a 10-minute walk from the Santa Apolónia metro station (the last stop of the blue line).
You may ride the metro (and the city’s buses, trams, funiculars and trains) for free with the Lisboa Card.
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1, Alfama
Admission and Tickets to the Fado Museum
Admission to the museum is €5.00. There’s a 20% discount with the Lisboa Card, and it’s free for Lisbon residents on Sunday mornings until 2pm (must show proof of address).
You may buy your ticket online: Skip the Line: Fado Museum Ticket
It's closed on Mondays
The Military Museum is a 5-minute walk away. Cross into the maze of streets of Alfama and you’ll see the church of São Miguel and Santo Estêvão.