MAAT stands for Museu Arte Arquitetura Tecnologia. The new museum at the Tagus river was designed by British architect Amanda Levete (AL_A), who also built the Central Embassy Shopping Center in Bangkok. The Center for Art, Architecture and Technology is an elegant building on the waterfront of Belém. You can walk on the roof and have a great view over the Tagus River and the historic power plant, to which the MAAT belongs. Current exhibitions and admission prices see link below.
Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian was a businessman who got very rich by oil business and collected works of art from all over the world. After his death, this museum was built for his collection. Gulbenkian lived in the Ottoman Empire, so his collection focuses on the Middle East. The oil millionaire also collected European paintings, among the most famous paintings are works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Renoir, Degas and Monet. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is situated in a park, the museum café has a beautiful terrace with a view of the garden.
The "Centro de Arte Moderna" was founded in 1983 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The museum stands on the southern edge of the park, which also houses the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. The museum shows works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as temporary exhibitions. The Centro de Arte Moderna collection shows many works by Portuguese and British artists.
The great history of Portuguese seafaring is presented in this museum. There are ship models and other exhibits from the maritime history of Portugal. In the pavilion opposite, there are temporary exhibitions for which you need an extra ticket. See link for admission prices and current exhibitions. The Museu de Marinha is situated in Belem near the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.
List of museums in Lisbon
There are many museums in Lisbon, we have put together a selection of the most important museums in the city. We have listed other museums worth seeing here.
Museu do Chiado MNAC
The Museum of Contemporary Art was established by government decision in 1911. The Museu do Chiado offers interesting temporary exhibitions. The old monastery building was rebuilt in 1994 and offers very nice rooms for art exhibitions.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
The National Museum is considered the most important museum in Portugal. Most of the collection consists of sacred art. The most important work of art is the trptych by Hieronymus Bosch, which depicts the temptation of St. Anthony. The museum has a large collection of Flemish and German masters such as Dürer, Cranach and Holbein. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga also shows works of art that were brought from distant countries on the voyages of discovery by seafarers.