The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - MNAC)
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The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - MNAC)

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of contemporary art at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado - MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art) in the Chiado district of Lisbon. This dynamic institution showcases a diverse collection of modern artworks, spanning various styles, mediums, and cultural influences. From thought-provoking installations to avant-garde sculptures and captivating paintings, visitors can explore the cutting-edge creations of both local and international artists.

Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the museum offers a stimulating cultural experience for tourists eager to delve into the city's thriving art scene. With its ever-changing exhibitions and innovative programming, the National Museum of Contemporary Art invites visitors to engage with the latest trends and concepts in contemporary art. Recent exhibits of note are the collection of pop-art-inspired paintings of Sá Nogueira, pieces by Lisbon-based sculptor José Pedro Croft and the experimental video work of Alexandre Estrela.

Step inside the museum's sleek galleries and discover works that challenge conventions, spark conversations, and inspire creativity. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply curious about modern artistic expression, the National Museum of Contemporary Art promises an enriching journey through the vibrant landscape of contemporary artistry. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this dynamic cultural hub during your visit to Lisbon.


Housed in the former São Francisco da Cidade monastery The National Museum of Contemporary Art first opened its doors in 1911 and was welcomed by the artistic community which frequented the Chiado district. It's home to almost 5,000 works by Portuguese artists dating from 1850 to the present day. There is some even older French sculpture from the late 1800s. Most of the works are composed of paintings, however, there are sculptures, photography, sketches and prints to marvel at.

The biggest names of Portuguese Modern art are represented here from Almada Negreiros to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, Júlio Pomar, Mario Cesariny and Paula Rego. The collection is a unique insight into the art movements which have manifested during the turbulent history of Portugal. The building itself retains much of its original features and was extended in 2015 to house even more masterpieces.

Tuesdays to Sundays: 10h00 - 18h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Adult: €4.50, Concessionary: €2.25, Under 5: FREE

Getting to the MNAC

60, 208, 758 | Tram #28
Baixa-Chiado station on the Blue & Green Lines
4 Rua Serpa Pinto, 1200-444, Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 42′ 30.5″ N | 09° 08′ 28.2″ W | +351 213 432 148 |  Website