Museu do Aljube - Resistência e Liberdade

Museu do Aljube - Resistência e Liberdade

Museu do Aljube - Resistência e Liberdade
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Terreiro do Paço • 5 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 7 min walk
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  • ArttravellerGuide
    Rome, Italy94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and underrated.
    This museum is inside a former prison, and displays its history, in particular the recent history of Portugal under the fascist dictatorship until its end in 1974. A testimony of the resistance and fight for the freedom of the country. The museum is located near the Sé Patriarcal cathedral and close to the Roman Theatre Museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Nancy S
    Easley, South Carolina171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hidden gem
    I think you could easily miss this museum tucked behind the Se Cathedral. That would be a shame. This is the story of Portugal under the dictatorship and the stories of those who fought back. I learned so much from the exhibits. They do an excellent job of showing just how brutal it was to be in opposition to the regime but how necessary it was as well. The exhibition is in Portuguese and English and is only 3 euros at the time of this review. Highly recommend for history buffs or anyone who wants to get a glimpse of life under a dictatorship.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Becky H
    Hastings, United Kingdom320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum
    Really interesting museum which covers the history of the Portuguese dictatorship. There was a lot of information to read but all of it was very interesting. The museum is a former prison and is definitely worth visiting if you want to know more about Portugal's recent history.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Reservarlden
    London, United Kingdom709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wealth of recent Portuguese history
    Located within a disused prison this museum has a wealth of images and depictions of recent Portuguese history and is well worth dropping by for 60-90 minutes of your time. It is a little hidden away but what a marvellous find. You'll leave here much more aware of the April 1974 horrors and other dark days in the history of this beautiful country. Be prepared to be shocked! There is a small shop selling books mainly with some very recent (Feb 2024) titles in English.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Ian K
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This is a hidden gem. Perhaps understandably, tourism websites don't seem keen to mention this museum or to say much about the military dictatorship that was in place in Portugal until 1974, however the history involved is fascinating. The museum is well laid out and takes you from the early 20th century, through the many years of dictatorship and the resistance to it, and finally to its overthrow and replacement with a new republic. Best to start on the ground floor and then move up through the building. Apart from on the 1st floor, most exhibits have notes / explanations in English. The 4th floor is for temporary exhibitions and may not have much to see (other than the spectacular views!).
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2024
  • KennethEast
    Chicago, Illinois180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep dive or quick overview? Your choice
    Before our visit here, we were only vaguely aware of the rise and fall of the Salazar era. This extremely well-curated museum lets you learn as much as you can absorb. Good videos and displays. We spent an hour or more and came away with a chilling, but sufficient introduction to the era. But you could spend hours more. We were especially appreciative of this visit on our last day in Portugal, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. We had much greater respect for what the country was celebrating.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Sarah Elizabeth
London, UK132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
An intense journey through the fight against the dictatorship from 1926 to 1974, highlighting the terribly sad history of thousands of mistreated liberals. It was unreal being inside the building that used to imprison so many innocent men, women and children and learning exactly what horrific ordeals they experienced in their fight for freedom. Highly recommend a visit.
Written February 19, 2022
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RafikiLondon
Hong Kong, China522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I had just visited the the Castelo de São Jorge for the afternoon and spotted the sign for this museum. The small simple entrance opened up to three floors of fascinating Lisbon, Portuguese and colonial history. But this is not the story of glorious men, fatherland and empire that you will see almost everywhere else in Portugal. Instead these are the difficult and sensitive stories of women and men who were suppressed and silenced both in Portugal and overseas: The Three Marias, the African nationalists and the Anti-fascists. This museum is quite unlike any other and draws back in time when the building itself was a women's prison. For a very different look at the history that many former imperial powers avoid take a walk around here.
Written November 28, 2021
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Nicole S
Boston, MA52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This museum provides an exorbitant amount of information. We spent about 2 hours here (not much to photograph, and we read about 90% of the info, but definitely not all of it). The history is fascinating and it's probably one of the few places in Portugal that really describes what life was like under the dictatorship. The info is just presented a little disjointedly and is a bit hard to follow sometimes. So much of it was really really interesting... but disorganized.
Written October 10, 2022
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Gav
Walsall, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We went to the Museum the day after the Freedom Day celebrations, which made the visit even more poignant. It's an excellent exhibition and gives you a clear understanding of horrors the dictatorship inflicted on the Portuguese population for almost fifty years. It's a must-see exhibition.
Written May 1, 2023
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Wouter V
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Worst museum I've ever been to. The texts at the exhibits are poorly translated to English, they all have difficult to follow sentences, are full of unexplained acronyms, and are mostly just a dry summary of years and names. The focus is not on the narrative or the story, it seems like this is a museum for robots. See the pictures attached for examples.
Written October 2, 2021
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Reservarlden
London, UK709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Located within a disused prison this museum has a wealth of images and depictions of recent Portuguese history and is well worth dropping by for 60-90 minutes of your time. It is a little hidden away but what a marvellous find. You'll leave here much more aware of the April 1974 horrors and other dark days in the history of this beautiful country. Be prepared to be shocked! There is a small shop selling books mainly with some very recent (Feb 2024) titles in English.
Written March 24, 2024
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KennethEast
Chicago, IL180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Before our visit here, we were only vaguely aware of the rise and fall of the Salazar era. This extremely well-curated museum lets you learn as much as you can absorb. Good videos and displays. We spent an hour or more and came away with a chilling, but sufficient introduction to the era. But you could spend hours more. We were especially appreciative of this visit on our last day in Portugal, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. We had much greater respect for what the country was celebrating.
Written May 28, 2024
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This is an interesting little museum opposite the cathedral that has information about the Salazar era and the Portuguese colonial wars in Africa in the 1960 and 1970s. It is set in an old prison. There is not much inside to see in terms of artefacts, it is mainly information boards, but it was only a couple of euros to go in and I enjoyed the visit.
Written May 20, 2023
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B. T. A.
49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Really amazing museum; small but powerful. Went here with a large group which was a bit dicey, but learned a lot about the Salazar era and resistance by the Communist Party of Portugal. Great way to begin my trip and very eye opening.
Written September 9, 2021
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Gatorboo
44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
The first two floors, including the special exhibition, are essentially useless if you don't read Portuguese. The portions that discussed the history of colonialism and the treatment of dissidents during the dictatorship were amazing. Until a week ago, I hadn't given any thought to Portuguese history. I knew they'd colonized Brazil and vaguely remembered something about Vasco da Gama from school. That was about it. Wow. I was missing out on so much. This museum is definitely worth the 3 euro fee. It would really benefit from an audio guide.
Written October 25, 2022
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