Museu do Oriente

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Lisbon , Portugal
Doca de Alcântara
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adult/child €6/2, admission free 6-10pm Fri
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun, to 10pm Fri
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The beautifully designed Museu do Oriente highlights Portugal’s ties with Asia, from colonial baby steps in Macau to ancestor worship. The cavernous museum occupies a revamped 1940s bacalhau (dried salt-cod) warehouse – a €30-million conversion. Strikingly displayed in pitch-black rooms, the permanent collection focuses on Portuguese presence in Asia, and Asian gods.

Standouts on the 1st floor feature rare Chinese screens and Ming porcelain, plus East Timor curiosities such as the divining conch and delicately carved umbilical-cord knives. Upstairs, various themes are traded out every two to three years. When we came through, it was dedicated to traditional Asian shadow puppetry with Chinese opera on deck.