National Museum of Ancient Art
The National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) hosts the country’s largest public collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts – Portuguese, European and from Portugal’s former colonies – ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century including a significant number of exhibits listed as “national treasures”. Noteworthy among them are the Panels of St. Vincent by Nuno Gonçalves, a masterpiece of European painting from the 15th century; the monstrance of Belém by Gil Vicente, commissioned by King D. Manuel I in 1506; the Namban folding screens from late 16th century bearing witness to the Portuguese presence in Japan; the Temptation of St. Anthony by Bosch, a supreme example of an early 16th century Flemish painting; Saint Jerome by Dürer, an innovative representation of the saint along with important works by Memling, Rafael, Cranach or Piero della Francesca. Housed in the Palace of the Counts of Alvor, in Lisbon’s Santos district, the MNAA and its garden (including a restaurant and a terrace) provide an exceptional view over the River Tagus and the Port of Lisbon.
The Museum was inaugurated on 2 June 1884 in response to a long-awaited wish to provide accommodation for the works of art that came into possession of the State after the religious orders were abolished in 1834. This 17th-century palace, commissioned by the first Count of Alvor, was refurbished in 1911 and acquired its current name. The next door Convent of St. Albert, derelict by then, was demolished in 1918 so that the museum extended its premises. A vast annex, designed by the architect Rebello de Andrade, was inaugurated in 1940.
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- Governing body:
- Joaquim Oliveira Caetano
- Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249-017 Lisboa
- Lat: 38.7053224 Long: -9.160905800000023
- + 351 213 912 800
Urban Bus: 713, 714, 727 (paragem na Rua das Janelas Verdes); 28, 760, 732 (paragem na Av. 24 de Julho)
Electric: 15E, 18E (paragem na Av. 24 de Julho) 25E (paragem no Largo de Santos)
Standard Ticket: - 6,00 €
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The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays for residents in Portugal.
Children aged 12 and under*
Unemployed EU citizens*
Visitors with reduced mobility (60% disability with documents to prove it) accompanied by one attendant.
ICOM, ICOMOS and APOM members
Researchers /conservators/restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals during the course of their work*
Cultural associations *
Volunteers working for the DGPC with one accompanying person*
European Heritage Days (Sunday)
International Day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April (exclusively for DGPC Monuments)
International Museum Day - 18 May (exclusively for DGPC museums and palaces)
Late-night Museums and Thursday Nights (access restricted to activities organised by the DGPC)
Tourism professionals upon presentation of a proof of registration with the RNAAT
Journalists during the course of their work* with prior notice
DGPC employees* with 3 accompanying persons
Teachers and students of any level of education, including universities for senior citizens, during study visits duly proven, and upon prior reservation confirmed by the relevant Dependent Service*
Groups of accredited Portuguese welfare institutions or social work departments of municipalities or other public interest institutions. Prior approval is required from the DGPC executive board.
* Proof of entitlement required.
Visitors aged 65 or older* - 50%
Student’s card (not for study visits) - 50%
Youth Card - 50%
Family ticket (1/2 adults + 2 children) - 50%
Protocols with third party institutions - 20%
Purchase of over 250 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice – 7.5%
Purchase of over 500 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 10%
Purchase of over 1000 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 15%
Riverfront - National Museum of Ancient Art + National Tile Museum + National Pantheon - 15,00 €
Lisbon - 8 Lisbon Museums (Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves House-Museum + Music Museum + Chiado Museum + National Museum of Ancient Art + National Tile Museum + National Costume Museum + National Theatre Museum + National Pantheon) - 25,00 €
Advance reservation required for groups exceeding 50 persons.
Concessions for bulk tickets will not apply to Combined Tickets.
All concessions applicable to individual tickets will apply to Combined Tickets and guided tours, except for guided tours after closing time.
Advance purchase vouchers are valid up to one year.
Concessions cannot be combined with any other offers.
Smoking or eating is not allowed during visits.
* Proof of entitlement required.
VídeoMNAA Oito Séculos de Histórias para Contar
ExhibitionsGUERREIROS E MÁRTIRES A Cristandade e o Islão na Formação de Portugal
ExhibitionsWindows Representação oficial portuguesa na exposição Countries and Regions da Quadrienal de Praga 2019 | José Capela
OnlineItinerário pela Iconografia Animal na coleção do Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga | Apresentação online
TravessasPlatter with coat of arms - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
TigelaNamban Folding Screens Faience Bowl - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsA Custódia de Belém
Chávenas de caféTea cup and saucer - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsA Custódia de Belém Inglês
PublicationsEsplendores do Oriente/Splendours of the Orient
PublicationsJosefa de Óbidos e a Invenção do Barroco Português
CovilhetesMilk jug - Hunt - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsPanels of São Vicente in Pop-Up - Limited edition - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Etiquetas autocolantesNamban Folding Screens Self-Adhesive Lever Arch File Labels - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Bases de coposDrink coaster - Blue and white porcelain dish - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
TravessasFish shaped platter - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
SaleirosCrystal salt cellar - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
BottleCrystal bottle - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
TravessasServing dish - Dinner set D. Pedro III - Palácio Nacional de Queluz
SaladeiraCrystal salad bowl - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Porta penasQuill holder - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsTerra adentro. A Espanha de Joaquin Sorolla
PublicationsANATOMIA DE UMA PINTURA. JOÃO GLAMA E O TERRAMOTO DE 1755
PublicationsO Pai dos Cristos - Esculturas Manuel Dias (1688-1755)
PublicationsO TAPETE ORIENTAL EM PORTUGAL
PublicationsThe Oriental Carpet in Portugal | Carpets and Paintings, 15th - 18th centuries
Frascos de cháSmall tea caddy Monogram and Crown- Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsO Túmulo do Infante D. Afonso de Portugal da Sé de Braga
PublicationsCarlos Relvas and the House of Photography
PublicationsA Invenção da Glória. D. Afonso V e as Tapeçarias de Pastrana
PublicationsPortuguese Furniture - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsMobiliário Português - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
PublicationsDo Tirar Polo Natural. Inquérito ao Retrato Português
PublicationsPortugal. Drawing the World (English edition)
PublicationsPortugal. Drawing the World (Ed. em português)
PublicationsAlvaro Pirez d'Évora. Um pintor português em Itália nas vésperas do Renascimento (Portuguese edition)
PublicationsLuxo Asiático. Porcelana, Laca e Seda – do consumo à apropriação
PublicationsAlmada Negreiros e os Painéis. Um Retábulo Imaginado para o Mosteiro da Batalha
Last change: 11 January 2021
Rede Portuguesa de Museus
A Rede Portuguesa de Museus (RPM) é um sistema organizado de museus, baseado na adesão voluntária, configurado de forma progressiva e que visa a descentralização, a mediação, a qualificação e a cooperação entre museus.
A Rede Portuguesa de Museus é composta pelos 156 museus que atualmente a integram. A riqueza do seu universo reside na diversidade de tutelas, de coleções, de espaços e instalações, de atividades educativas e culturais, de modelos de relação com as comunidades e de sistemas de gestão.