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Tickets to National Museum of Contemporary Art

Rated 3.2 out of 5.0 from 356 reviews.
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Explore the National Museum of Contemporary Art, home to over 5,000 artworks by Portuguese artists, and enjoy an optional convenient Lisbon Card!


  • Visit one of the world's first museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, founded in 1911.

  • Surround yourself with over 5,000 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by notable artists like Abel Manta, Adriano Sousa Lopes, and Paula Rego.

  • Choose a Lisbon Card which gives you free access to several attractions for a period of 24 to 72 hours, and hassle-free public transportation.

  • Fun Fact: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Service launched a series of online lectures from the museum called Conversas Sobre o Retrato that reached over 42,000 families per episode.


National Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Admission to the National Museum of Contemporary Art

Lisbon Card

  • 24/48/72 hour card (optional)

  • Free color handy guide and app – physical guide unavailable, download by QR Code (optional)

  • Interactive map (optional)

  • Attractions & public transport – check here for the list of attractions and public transport

cancellation policy

These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, they are valid for an extended period of time.

These tickets are valid for an extended duration. The exact details will be present on the ticket.

Why Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art?

The National Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1911 and originally operated out of the monastery of São Francisco da Cidade, a building complex badly devastated in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Contemporary art from Portugal and throughout the world can be found in this museum, which also has pieces by Rodin, Abel Manta, Adriano Sousa Lopes, and other masters. The MNAC is a must-visit for art lovers and scholars interested in Portuguese romantic, naturalist, modern, and contemporary art from the second half of the 19th century to the present day.

Lisbon Card Attractions

With a Lisbon Card, you may skip the lines at 39 more top attractions in the city. 24, 48, and 72-hour options are available, which eliminates the need to purchase individual admissions to attractions. Since it can be used in a variety of ways and is contactless, it's a convenient way to tour the city of Lisbon. The Pillar 7 Bridge Experience, Lisbon Story Center, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Museu Nacional dos Coches, and many more of Lisbon's finest attractions are all free to see with this card.

Lisbon Card Transportation & More

Get free, unrestricted use of the subway, tram, bus, elevator, train, and any other kind of public transportation in the area. Skip the lines at the best attractions and save a ton of money at the shops, museums, restaurants, clubs, and more. Grab the color guidebook, app, interactive map, and discounts that can be used at various locations across the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a train to Sinatra or Cascais for free and spend the day there!

Important Information

National Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Parking

  • Free admission is allowed on Sundays and holidays until 2pm for all citizens residing in the national territory.

  • Check here to see eligibility for free admission to the museum.

Lisbon Card

  • You can visit each attraction only once.

  • Once redeemed, it is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours depending on the ticket option chosen.

  • Fast-track entry is not possible at all attractions.

  • All cards must be exchanged at the same redemption point.

Operating Hours

National Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Tue to Fri: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 6pm

  • Sat, Sun & Holidays: 10am to 2pm & 3pm to 6pm

  • Last entry: 5:30pm

  • Closed on 1 Jan, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 Dec

Lisbon Card

  • Guests are recommended to check the operating hours of the attractions they wish to go to prior to their visit.

  • Bear in mind that most national monuments and museums are closed on the following dates: 1 Jan, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 24 & 25 Dec, and on municipal holidays (13 June in Lisbon & 29 June in Sintra).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Redeem your tickets at R. Serpa Pinto.

  • Address: 1200-444 Lisbon, Portugal.

Get Directions to the Ticket Redemption Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is R. Alecrim. It is a quick 3-minutes walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses 202 and 758 to get you there.

By Tram

  • The closest tram station is R. Vitor Cordon / R. Serpa Pin. It is a quick 2-minutes walk to the meeting point.

  • Board tram 28E to get you there.

ratings & reviews

356 Ratings


Sep, 2023
Very practical for transportation. The monuments that are "recommended" to be visited in Lisbon are not necessarily taken into account, except for Belém, but in view of the queue I didn't go there in the end. It's a pity, too, for the monuments in Sintra, I thought I'd get a discount but I didn't. I thought I'd get one, but I'm not. I thought I'd be given a detailed explanatory booklet, but I didn't get one, perhaps a mistake on the part of the person who gave me the card. It's very practical though, but you need to find out what you're planning to do first to see if it's worthwhile.
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Pierre Bourret


Sep, 2023
No worries, all transport included and lots of monuments and activities included. We used it several times a day. It was very profitable.
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Kevin Wrenn


Sep, 2023
The waiting line was ridiculous at 1 hour 45 minutes We never experienced anything like this anywhere in Europe during our recent one month trip.
Marcos Paulo de Matos


Sep, 2023
The monastery is beautiful. I'd just suggest better signposting the queue outside. I was a bit lost trying to figure out where to stay, since I'd already bought my ticket.
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Jaulmes nicolas


Aug, 2023
The Lisboa card is very practical for both transport and monuments. For those who like to move and discover, I recommend it. Nicolas
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