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3 days in Lisbon

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3 days in Lisbon
One of Europe's most unsung cultural capitals, there is so much to do in Lisbon you might plan for a week, not a mere three days. But in three days you can sample quite a bit of Lisbon's available options, many of which turn out to be museums. There are museums here focused on everything from Lisbon's rich maritime past to decorative Portuguese tiles, and everything in between. Almost everything is made more affordable by the purchase of a Lisboa card, offering free and discounted admissions to dozens of activities including the Metro.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Padrao dos Descobrimentos
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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this is a dramatic work of art in stone that commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Monastery of Jeronimos
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Monastery of Jeronimos

No expense was spared when they built this masterpiece of Manueline and gothic architecture in 1502, which was inspired by Vasco da Gama who is buried here with other great navigators of the past.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Torre de Belem
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Torre de Belem

A 16th-century tower which serves as a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery on both land and sea.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museu da Marinha
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Museu da Marinha

The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well as ship models. Portugal was a world leader in maritime exploration (Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, etc.)

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Coach Museum
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Coach Museum

Located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace, the museum features coaches and carriages dating back to the seventeenth century.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB)
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Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB)

This is a dynamic cultural space with art galleries, terrific views of the city, and a coffee shop.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
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Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5:45 pm. Closed on Mondays and on the following holidays: Jan. 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and Dec. 25. Web... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Centro de Arte Moderna
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Centro de Arte Moderna

Lisbon's premier permanent exhibition of modern art by such Portuguese artists as Souza-Cardosa, Paula Rego, Costa Pinheiro and Vierira da Silva, is housed in a splendid building near the Tagus River.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
Casa-Museu Dr. Anastacio Goncalves
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Casa-Museu Dr. Anastacio Goncalves

Hours: Tuesday - 14:00-18:00; Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00-18:00 Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays mornings and holidays 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st May... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Medeiros e Almeida Museum
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Medeiros e Almeida Museum

Hours:   Monday to Friday: 1 pm to 5:30 pm Saturday: 10 am to 5:30 pm Closed: Sundays, Jan. 1, Holy Friday, May 1, Dec. 24 and 25. Antonio de... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museu do Chiado
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Museu do Chiado

This is the Portuguese national gallery of contemporary art, focusing on Portuguese artists but also containing masterworks by Rodin and other. Nineteenth and 20th century Portuguese contemporary art forms the main collection.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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National Tile Museum
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National Tile Museum

Hours:   Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 18pm Last entry: 17h30 pm. Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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