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The Fado Museum was inaugurated on September 25, 1998 and is a museum devoted to the universe of fado and Portuguese guitar. The museum is located in the Alfama district and is installed at the Águas de Alfama Pumping Station.

The Fado Museum has a space for holding temporary exhibitions and a space with a permanent exhibition, where a multiplicity of objects linked to the song of Lisbon are exhibited (instruments, trophies, records, scores) and the famous painting “O Fado” , by José Malhoa as well as works by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, among other works of art.

It also has a Documentation Centre, a Thematic Store, an Auditorium, and the Museum School, where courses in Portuguese guitar and Fado guitar are given, and where it is possible to attend a seminar for lyricists. The School also has a rehearsal office for interpreters. 

Since 2016, the museum has made available, through the Internet, a Digital Sound Archive with access to thousands of sound records from the beginning of the 20th century, via search by interpreter and repertoire.


Fado is deeply linked to the tradition and cultural history of Portugal, playing a fundamental role in the affirmation of the country's cultural identity across borders. The permanent exhibition, on display at the Fado Museum, offers a multidisciplinary reading of the history of Lisbon's urban song from its genesis to the present day.


Fado de Lisboa was elevated to the category of Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in November 2011.


This cultural space favors interactivity, so that throughout the museum there is a vast number of interactive consultation posts documenting the history of Fado, enabling the consultation of the biographies of hundreds of personalities linked to Fado.

Along the museum route, the audioguide allows you to listen to several dozen fados.

“During the entire journey, you will be invited to discover this art from its genesis, from the 19th century to the present day: as it became known throughout the world; its passage and importance in theatre, radio, cinema and television; how to live fado in its purest environment, in traditional fado houses; and also the entire biographical and artistic path of dozens of fado singers and other people intimately linked to this universe.” (in What to see at the Fado Museum - Secreta Lisboa).

This is a space for everyone who loves Fado, but above all for those who love music in general.

Location: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro | Bairro de Alfama 

Telephone: (+351) 21 882 34 70


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GPS coordinates: 38º 42' 40"N 9º 07' 39" W

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