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This was a a great museum. Very good to learn about the Salazar regime and the injustice of their... read more

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This museum is about the Portuguese fight for freedom and democracy from the 1920s to the 1970s. It... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a a great museum. Very good to learn about the Salazar regime and the injustice of their police force. Everything is put together very very well here, they have good explanations, displays and artifacts. Definitely worth a visit, you'll learn a lot.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This museum is about the Portuguese fight for freedom and democracy from the 1920s to the 1970s. It talks about what was going on in that time, historically, and political prisoners and the resistance, so if you aren't really into history or resistance/liberation museums, this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Lisbon A highlight of our fortnight in Lisbon 626318535 As well said by others here, this was an emotional journey though the years. This experience wiped away 50 years and suddenly you find yourself in another country. Then you walk out into the sunlight and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

A fascinating and disturbing insight into dictatorship, the Military (1926-33) and the Estado Novo (1933-74). The site of the museum has been used as a prison since Moorish times. Although it first became a political prison under the Military. The museum represents the long struggle...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This was a significant part of my time in Lisbon. The museum was put together well and informed me on a part of Portugal's history that I was not familiar with. It was a thoughtful process and quite stirring to see what people experienced in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Victoria M
Reviewed October 1, 2018

The museum explores the dark days during Salazar’s rule and offers a compelling look at Portugal’s not too distant past. This reminded me of the Stassi Museum in Berlin in many respects. The exhibitions are very well done and thought provoking. This museum might be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018

The museum offers a chronological description of Portugal's transition from rigid monarchy into democratic republic, the rise of fascism following World War I, the careful perpetuation of dictatorship from the 1930s into the 1970s, and finally the emergence of Portugal in the mid-1970s as one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Martin L
Reviewed September 19, 2018

I was interested in what tour guides were saying about Antonio Salazar and wanted to know more. This is an activist museum housed in a former prison that tells only one side of Salazar from the opposition’s perspective. I am not clear who funds it?...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Skay1942
Reviewed August 28, 2018

this is a museum to interest anyone who would like to know more about how Portugal got where it is today. by the resistance and perseverence of its ordinary (and extraordinary) people. well presented and sometimes moving exhibits. A small museum and won't take too...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lusophileScotland
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This museum quietly explains the impact on the people of Portugal as fear constrained any questioning of the government. It was eye openning to the three of us who have never feared speaking out when we have disagreed with our own government. Though many exhibits...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Hi, I’m not certain if there are texts in English. I’ll confirm and let you know tomorrow. It’s a small but very relevant place for portuguese polítical history. And the surrondings are great. Close by you can see Se de... More