Also known at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chiado Museum is one of the best collections of contemporary Portuguese art. Located in the neighborhood that bears the same name, Chiado is the center of Lisbon’s bohemian culture. The museum has been around since 1911, but moved to its current location, a reformed monastery, in 1994. Much of the monastery’s original architecture remains but is now mixed in with modern suspended walkways and sophisticated lighting systems.
With works that span across the 19th – 21st centuries, pieces range from Romanticism, to Naturalism; from Impressionism to Neo-realism. The permanent collection is small and mostly Portuguese artists with a speckling of other European artists, including several sculptures by the famed French sculpture, Rodin. The Chiado Museum receives a number of rotating exhibits, many of which display Portuguese artists from private collections or other museums throughout the country. A highlight is the outdoor sculpture garden, with simple but carefully manicured lawns dotted with bronze sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Chiado Museum is located at Rua Serpa Pinto 4, near the Baixo-Chiado metro station and is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 4.50 € for adults, 2.25 € for seniors over 65 and students with ID, and free for children under 12. There is free admission the first Sunday of every month.