"The Ancient Art Museum" Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Tip by SonOfLusus

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon: 21 reviews and 50 photos

West of Bairro Alto is the Lapa district, home to one of the city's greatest museums, the Ancient Art Museum. Don't miss the magnificent Panels of Saint Vincent, with the only known portrait of Prince Henry the Navigator, among other historical figures.
The theme of the discoveries is ever-present, illustrating Portugal's links with Africa, India, China and Japan. The most interesting pieces to me were the Monstrance of Belem, made from the first shipment of gold brought home by Vasco da Gama, 16th century Japanese screens illustrating their first contact with Europeans (the Portuguese explorers), and the rare collection of 18th century French silverware by Francois Thomas Germain, one of the finest in the world, that once belonged to the Portuguese royal family.
Other highlights include works by Bosch, Durer, and Holbein.
This museum exceeded my expectations, so I highly recommend it.

Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisboa
Directions: Near Travessa Atafonas
Phone: +351 21 391 2800
Website: http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/ancient-art-museum.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2006
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