National Sports Museum

Visitor's Guide

Museu do Desporto, Lisbon

The National Sports Museum is in the beautiful Foz Palace

Part of the beautiful Foz Palace has been housing the National Sports Museum since 2012. Its library holds around 60,000 sports-related books in several languages, including the 16th-century "De Arte Gymnastica" by Hieronymi Mercurialis, considered the first sports book to ever be published in the world.

Museu Nacional do Desporto, Lisbon

The sports library in the museum

In the other rooms it presents the history of sports in Portugal through temporary exhibitions of the collection.

Museu do Desporto, Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo's cleats are part of the collection

Much of that collection is made up of pieces donated by athletes, and among the things you may see on display are a Golden Shoe awarded to the great footballer Eusébio, equipment worn by Olympic runner Rosa Mota, a sneaker worn by triple jump champion Nelson Évora when he won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, and cleats worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.

National Sports Museum, Lisbon

Athletes' shirts and jerseys (some of them signed) are on display

How to Get to the National Sports Museum


The National Sports Museum is outside the Restauradores metro station (blue line). If you’re in the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto or Príncipe Real, you may take the Glória Funicular down the hill.
You may ride the metro (as well as the city’s buses, trams, funiculars, and trains) for free with the Lisboa Card.

Praça dos Restauradores, Avenida da Liberdade


Admission and Tickets to the National Sports Museum


Admission is free.

It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays


Attractions Nearby


Next to the palace housing the museum is the historic Glória Funicular, which goes up the hill to the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and the Street Art Gallery.