National Theatre and Dance Museum
The National Theatre and Dance Museum is inextricably linked with the museums and the History of the Performing Arts in Portugal. It boasts a collection of over 300.000 memorabilia. Its permanent exhibition entitled “Theatre Pieces. Museum collections” includes exhibits from different provenances: costumes designed by artists such as Almada Negreiros or Paula Rego, or that have been used on stage performances by Amália Rodrigues, original outfits designed by Maria Keil, Bernardo Marques, Mário Cesariny or Pedro Calapez, stage models by Carlos Botelho, Jorge Barradas or José Pacheco, original portrays and sculptures of theatre figures, painted or sculpted, by Columbano, Tagarro or Soares dos Reis and many other objects and documents bearing witness to the history of Theatre and Performing Arts in Portugal.
The National Theatre Museum, officially established in 1982, and renamed National Theatre and Dance Museum in January 2015, is located at the Palace of Monteiro-Mor, an 18th-century building that was purchased by the State and, following a fire, was rebuilt for this purpose.
The museum was initially designed exclusively for temporary exhibitions. However, in 2003, its main building held the first permanent exhibition, “Theatre Pieces: Museum collections”.
Its Gallery, lying across from the Reception/Shop, holds temporary exhibitions featuring all aspects of Performing Arts.
The Museum library can be found in the main building being exclusively dedicated to performing arts. It includes 35 000 volumes and is considered the most complete of its kind in Portugal.
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- Governing body:
- Nuno Miguel Almeida Costa Moura
- Estrada do Lumiar, 10 1600-495 Lisboa
- Lat: 38.774799929478505 Long: -9.166753859524533
- + 351 217 567 410/19
Urban Bus: 703
Subway: Lumiar (linha amarela)
Standard Ticket: - 4,00 €
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The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays until 2:00pm 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 (exclusively for groups of friends of museums, monuments, palaces, castles and archaeological sites)*
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 adultos + 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%
Monteiro-Mor: National Theatre Museum, National Costume Museum and Monteiro-Mor Park - 6,00 €
Monteiro-Mor Park - 3,00 €
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.
ExhibitionsPara Além de Página - Palco, Corpo, Tempo
PublicationsRostos e Poses
PublicationsUm Rapaz Chamado Mário Viegas
PublicationsA República Foi ao Teatro
PublicationsA Revista Modernista
PublicationsO Teatro em Lisboa no Tempo da Primeira República
PublicationsO Teatro em Lisboa no Tempo do Marquês de Pombal
LequesCostume design fan - Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança
PublicationsAdágio Anna Mascolo - Entre a sombra e a luz
Last change: 23 January 2023
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