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Património Cultural

Music National Museum

The Music National Museum houses one of Europe’s richest collections of musical instruments (about 1000 mostly of European origin). Of erudite and popular tradition, some of these exhibits are National Treasures dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The Museum is particularly remarkable for the quantity and quality of instruments manufactured in Portugal. These are the harpsichord by Joaquim José Antunes (1758), the violins and cellos by Joaquim J. Galrão, the guitars by D. J. Araújo and the flutes by the Haupt family. Owing to their value and rarity, other instruments are noteworthy such as the harpshichord by Pascal Taskin, built in 1782 for King Louis 16th of France, the piano (Boisselot & Fils) that Franz Liszt brought from France in 1845, the oboe by Eichentopf, the English horns by Grenser and Grunman & Floth or the cello by António Stradivari that belonged to and was played by King D. Luís. Apart from the instruments mentioned, the Museum also houses a number of documentary holdings, as well as sound and image collections.

The project for setting up a Music National Museum dates from 1911 when the musicologist Michel’Angelo Lambertini, on his own initiative, started collecting musical instruments, scores and iconographies from different provenances. However, following his death, the project failed to materialise and was later taken up by the Conservatório Nacional when the State purchased the collection. The Museum had no other choice than to leave the Conservatório building in the 1970s. It went through an unstable stage during which its holdings were successively housed in the Pimenta Palace, National Library and Mafra National Palace. Finally, a protocol was signed between Lisboa 94 - Capital Europeia da Cultura, the Metropolitano de Lisboa and the former Portuguese Museums Institute (current DGPC), within the Sponsorship legislation, for establishing the Music Museum in the Alto dos Moinhos metro station for a period of 20 years (1994-2014). 

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Contacts and

Governing body:
Edward Ayres de Abreu
Estação do Metropolitano Alto dos Moinhos
Lat: 38.749637 Long: -9.180338000000006
+ 351 217 710 990

Urban Bus: Autocarros 768 e 54
Subway: Estação Alto dos Moinhos - Linha azul (Amadora Este - Santa Apolónia)

The museum is closed


Standard Ticket: - 5,00 €

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The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays for residents in Portugal. This is not applicable to groups of 12 and more.
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 (2 adults +2 children under 18) - 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%

Combined Tickets
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 €

General Rules
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.

Cultural Agenda


Last change: 03 October 2023

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