All you can visit – International Museum Day and Museums at Night in Lisbon

Ajuda National Palace Neoclassical building in Lisbon

Over the next three days all of Lisbon’s museums will invite you to come in and you will not want to miss it. The International Museum Day and Museums at Night are here.

On May 18 we celebrate this year’s edition of International Museum Day and this year’s theme will be “Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums”.

As per usual, museums such as Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, MNAC, the Science Museum or Museu do Azulejo (portuguese tile museum) will host a series of special events, like guided tours, concerts, talks, shows and it will be possible to enjoy it all for free.

On May 20 it will be time to pay a visit to some of the city most beautiful museums after hours. Portugal will be joining many other foreign countries to host the event Museums at Night.

Hundreds of museums will open their doors beyond their regular opening hours, offering all the visitors an unique opportunity to discover and explore these spaces during a time of the day visitors usually are not allowed in.

Besides free entrances, everyone will have access as well to guided tours and special events, like the amazing Royal Cortege at Midnight, at Castelo de São Jorge.

To make it easier for you to go to one place to another, there will even be one shuttle that will connect several museums in the Belém area (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Museu Nacional dos Coches, Museu de Arte Popular and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda) and another one that will be traveling in the City Center (between Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Museu Nacional do Traje, Museu Nacional do Teatro/ Dança and Museu Nacional da Música). Both shuttles will be available from18:00 to 23:00.

Just check the International Museum Day and Museums at Night program and start planing your visits – also, remember that on these occasions the number of visits might be higher than usual but that’s a small price to pay.

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