The house of Portuguese contemporary art – MNAC

Lisbon Museum of Contemporary ArtPhoto © DGPC

Lisbon’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a rich collection of works of art from the second half of the 19th century until today.

There you can find most of the iconic artists that belong to the history of Portuguese art, from the emergence of Romanticism, to Symbolism or Modernism.

Tomás da Anunciação, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Almada Negreiros, Julião Sarmento, João Onofre, they are all there, under the same roof.

The National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado (MNAC) was founded in 1911 in the São Francisco da Cidade monastery. After the 1988 that destroyed Chiado area, where MNAC is located, the building was completely renovated by the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and re-opened in 1994, the year that Lisbon was Europe’s cultural capital.

MNAC displays a permanent exhibition and also several temporary ones, throughout the year. It also hosts cultural events, such as presentations, conferences and concerts on a regular basis and its library is an important study center for art students and researchers.


Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado – MNAC

> Rua Serpa Pinto, 4 | Rua Capelo, 13

> Metro: Baixa-Chiado

> Open form Tuesdays to Sundays, 10h-18h

> Admission: 4,50 €. See full price list.

> Insider tip: for an extra of 0.50 € you can buy a combined ticket that gives access also to beautiful Casa Museu Anastácio Gonçalves

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