Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga information

Lisbon , Portugal
Rua das Janelas Verdes
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adult/child €6/3, 1st Sun of month free
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Set in a lemon-fronted, 17th-century palace, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is Lapa’s biggest draw. It presents a star-studded collection of European and Asian paintings and decorative arts.

Keep an eye out for highlights such as Nuno Gonçalves’ naturalistic Panels of São Vicente , Dürer’s St Jerome and Lucas Cranach’s haunting Salomé as well as period furniture pieces like King Afonso V's ceremonial 1470s armchair and the elaborate lacquered wood, silver-gilt and bronze late-16th-century casket.

Other gems include golden wonder the Monstrance of Belém , a souvenir from Vasco da Gama’s second voyage, and 16th-century Japanese screens depicting the arrival of the Namban (southern barbarians), namely big-nosed Portuguese explorers.

Biannual temporary themed exhibitions (priced separately at around €7) are reached via a second entrance on Rua das Janelas Verdes; as is the stone-arched cafe and wonderfully peaceful gardens with river views.