The National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon was one of the places that surprised me in recent times.
I had never visited it. After all, the Portuguese capital is full of new modern cultural places, full of hype, so why choose this if there are so many others to see?
Well, only in the National Museum of Ancient Art can we see notable works such as the “Panels of St. Vincent” by Nuno Gonçalves or the “Temptations of St. Anthony” by Bosch.
The museum holds several exhibitions of painting (Portuguese, European and Illuminated) and sculpture, as well as numerous pieces of gold and silverware, furniture, ceramics, etc.
I passed through the rooms and collections of this museum crushed by the beauty of so many works, with all its details. Wondering what stories might be behind each one or where they might have traveled, the walls that they once hung, before we got there, to that moment.
The History of Domingos Sequeira’s Painting
Last year the National Museum of Ancient Art gained space in the news for initiating a patronage campaign to acquire Domingos Sequeira’s “Adoração dos Magos”.
The fundraising campaign was open to all those who wanted to contribute and, in a way, become “owner” of a small piece of this work.
The initiative was a success and today we can enter the museum and enjoy the painting, which has remained in the public domain, displayed for anyone who wants to visit it.
How to Visit the National Museum of Ancient Art
The National Museum of Ancient Art is located at Rua das Janelas Verdes, in Lisbon, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The normal ticket costs is €6, but there are other options, including tickets that cover admission to other museums in the city.
Tip: If you go on the 1st Sunday of each month, the entry is free!
Definitely a museum to visit if you are passing through Lisbon or, if like me, still never remembered to know the treasures that the building of the end of the 17th century holds.
Have you recently visited a museum that surprised you? Tell the story in the comment box below.