MAAT: The newest contemporary art museum in Lisbon!
Another attraction is grabbing the attention not only of those who visit the Portuguese capital but also of locals. It is the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), the new museum of contemporary art in Lisbon, inaugurated on October 05, 2016.
With a bold and futuristic architecture, the museum provides much more than art and culture to visitors. Located on the banks of the Tagus River, the roof of the building was designed to be a kind of outdoor room. Inside, visitors can climb, hike and enjoy an incredible 360º panoramic view of the riverside region and the city.
In the late afternoon, the landscape becomes even more beautiful with the sun setting on the horizon and reflecting in the waters of the Tagus River.
About the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon
The MAAT is a kind of reformation of the old Museum of Electricity – also known as Central Tejo – that previosly existed in the place and changed its name.
Next to the old building of the Museum of Electricity – one of the symbols of the industrial architecture of the first half of the 20th century that operated as a thermoelectric power station from 1909 to 1974 – a new building was built, futuristic and innovative architecture.
Designed by British architect Amanda Levete, winner of the Stirling award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999, the building cost 19 million euros and took 5 years to design and build. The lining of the walls – inspired by pottery and Portuguese sidewalk – is made with protruding tiles that reflect the light.
The two combined buildings, which will be joined by a park designed by the Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, was named the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT).
The total area of the MAAT is 38 thousand square meters and it holds the EDP Foundation’s art collection which contains works by over 250 Portuguese artists active since the 60’s.
The expectation is that the museum should receive annually about 250 thousand visitors. For the time being only part of the museum is in full operation with its permanent exhibition, and some temporary exhibitions. Even so, the new building is worth the visit, especially on a beautiful sunny day. The view is fantastic!
How to get to MAAT?
The MAAT is situated on the banks of the Tagus River (Brasília Avenue – Central Tejo, Belém) and it’s very easy to get there.
- By car: GPS Coordenates – Latitude 38º41’44.52 N; Longitude 9º11’44.30 W;
- By public transportation:
– Bus: 728, 714, 727, 729, 751;
– Tram: 15;
– Train: Take the line of Cascais and get off at Belém station;
– Boat: Belém River Station
Important Informations about the Museum
- Opening Times: The museum is open from 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Wednesday to Monday);
- It’s closed on 25 December 25, 1 January and 1 May;
- Tickets: Until March 2017 the admission to the museum costs € 5 and includes access to all exhibitions. The entrance to the new building is free until this same date;
- Students (over 18 years), seniors (over 64 years) and groups (minimum of 10 people) have 50% discount.
- Free for kids and teens up to 18 years.
- Free for all visitors on the first Sunday of every month;
This information may change. Consult the official website of the MAAT before heading to the museum.