google-site-verification: google9f3eb14845093e9b.html
Popular Art Museum Lisbon

Explore Portuguese heritage in the Popular Art Museum in Lisbon

The Popular Art Museum in Belém seems to refer to popular art, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Lisbon's Museu de Arte Popular, you will discover more about ethnology and the history of Portugal.

Discover Portugal is fully reader-supported. For that reason, this article contains some affiliate links. I may earn a small commission when you purchase through links on this page at no additional cost to you. All revenue is used to keep this website free and updated. I only recommend products or services that I would use myself. You’ll be able to read the full disclaimer here. Thanks for your support!

Table of Contents

A little bit of history

The Popular Art Museum, or Museu de Arte Popular in Belém, is well worth a visit if you’d like to learn more about the ethnology and history of Portugal. The Folk Art Museum opened its doors in 1948 and its location is in a former pavilion.

Architects António Reis and João Simões designed the building as part of the Exhibition of the Portuguese World in 1940. In the years to come, the building was adapted to use as a museum. Modernist elements, and beautiful murals were added on the walls. The walls are characterised by painters such as Carlos Botelho, Estrela Faria, Manual Lapa, Eduardo Anahory, and Paulo Ferreira.

Since 2012, the building on the shores of the Tagus has been a monument. And when you visit Belém, it’s well worth having a look inside if you’re interested in folk art. The Popular Art Museum is closely linked to the National Museum of Ethnology, where you can find permanent collections of beautiful objects. The collection consists of ceramic, musical instruments, textiles, jewellery, costumes and many more. In the summer of 2022, the museum housed a basketry collection.

How to get to the Popular Art Museum

The Popular Art Museum is located in Belém, and bus lines 714, 727, 728, 751, and 729 all stop close to Museu de Arte Popular. If you come by train from Cais de Sodré, you can exit the train at Belém Station. Tram 15 also takes you to Belém, and it’s only a short walk to the museum. For more information about Lisbon’s public transport, click here.

Opening hours

Museu de Arte Popular is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays, the museum is also closed between 1 pm and 2 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and national holidays.

Tickets for the Popular Art Museum

The admission price for the Popular Art Museum is only € 2,50, and children under 12 can visit the exhibitions for free. For current exhibitions, you can check the museum website.

Other things to do in Belém

When you’re on holiday in Lisbon, a day to Belém is absolutely recommended. The Lisbon district is located in the western part of Lisbon, directly on the river Tagus.

Belém is famous for its Pasteis de Belém, the delicious pastel de Nata you can try. Don’t forget to visit the Jerónimos Monastery, where these fantastic creations were first made! With the Lisboa Card, entrance to the monastery and skip the line at the Belém Tower are included.

Lisboa Card

A 24, 48, or 72-hour pass which includes unlimited free access to the public transport system, free admission to top attractions and discounts at various landmarks.

Not far from Torre de Belém, you can find the monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Bom Sucesso Fortress. If you’d like to visit other museums in the area, Museu Coleção Berardo, MAAT, Museu de Marinha, and the National Coach Museum are recommended. At the end of the day, you can take a beautiful sunset cruise on the river Tagus.

Belém is a beautiful district with many excellent restaurants to discover. Why not stay overnight and discover the beautiful shores of the Tagus? Trips to Cascais and Lisbon’s city centre are easy to undertake, and there is a wide variety of hotels and B&Bs in Belém. Check out the full guide of the best sights in Belém to learn more.
Written by Marga

Written by Marga

Content creator, travel writer and photographer

Share :


I’m Marga, the blogger and photographer behind this site! I live in Lisbon, and I’m a cat-mum to 13-year-old Savage. I love coffee, cheese, a good book and exploring this beautiful country. I write about Lisbon and the rest of Portugal, and I hope this website will help as an inspiration for your holiday.

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *