The curvy, white-tiled building of the MAAT
The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is a project of the EDP Foundation, and is spread over two neighboring buildings -- Portugal’s first power station and a modern construction designed by British architect Amanda Levete.
Inside the MAAT
It has almost 3000 square meters for exhibitions and events, and was originally directed by the former curator of contemporary architecture of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Pedro Gadanho, who, when the museum opened, said that it’s unique in the world, since no other crosses the disciplines of art, architecture and technology. It presents the relationship between art and new technologies, through contemporary and international exhibitions.
The MAAT has become one of Lisbon's most popular sights
The curvy, white-tiled building (which resembles a wave rising towards the river) is one of Lisbon’s modern icons, and even if you don’t go inside to see the exhibitions, it’s worth a stop for the view from the top -- you may walk around, and even on top of, this waterfront landmark.
It's possible to walk on top of the MAAT
The exterior staircase descends into the water, creating a large public space.
Some exhibitions are shown in the former power station
The former power station dates from 1908 and was in use until 1975. It opened to the public as a museum in 1990. The industrial architecture is immaculately preserved, and all of the original machinery can be seen on the way to the MAAT’s temporary exhibitions.
The original machinery of the power station remains on display
How to Get to the MAAT
Take the Cascais train from Cais do Sodré Station, which departs every 20 minutes. It reaches Belém in seven minutes, and the MAAT is just steps from the station. Bus 714 and tram 15, both departing from Praça da Figueira, also go to Belém, but are always crowded and much slower than the train.
If you’re already in Belém, take the footbridge from the Coaches Museum. The MAAT also has its own footbridge, found down the street -- on Rua da Junqueira, turn to Largo do Marquês de Angeja.
You may ride the train, buses, and trams for free with the Lisboa Card.
Avenida de Brasília, Belém
Admission and Tickets to the MAAT
A ticket to both buildings is €9.00. For just one of them it’s €5.00, and it’s free with the Lisboa Card.
It's closed on Tuesdays
Take the footbridge to cross the road to the Coaches Museum. The Jerónimos Monastery and the modern and contemporary art of the MAC/CCB Museum are both a short walk from there.