You don’t have money for outings anymore, but you don’t want to spend your free time locked up at home? We bring you 5 free museums you can visit in Lisbon.
Although knowledge doesn’t take up room, it often costs money. And as much as we want to support culture and learn new things, there are times when the budget of a university student does not stretch. For that reason, we bring you some museums in Lisbon that you can visit for free.
You can visit these museums as often as you like and, who knows, take these opportunities to go out with your friends or even go on a date.
- Money Museum
We know what you must be thinking: but, what do you mean, you don’t need money to get into the money museum? It’s true and, in addition to always being free, it’s still very well located.
The museum is located in the old São Julião church and promises a unique experience. You will have access to the history of the evolution of money and we promise it won’t be a boring visit.
But the best is yet to come: you can mint and print virtual coins and banknotes with your face (yes, you read that right, your face), touch a gold bar or even use a microscope to see what money is made of.
You can visit the Money Museum for free from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.
- Health Museum
Health students (and beyond): you can visit the Health Museum for free and no, passing Anatomy is not a requirement for entry.
The Museu da Saúde is inside the Hospital dos Capuchos and, whenever you visit it, you get a guided tour.
You can visit the ‘800 years of Health in Portugal’ exhibition, where you can see laboratory or surgical equipment up close.
The museum allows free admission every day from 10am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 6pm.
- National Sport Museum
You’ve never heard of this museum? That’s normal, because the best kept secrets are, of course, the most valuable.
Located inside the tourist office, next to Palácio da Foz, is the National Sports Museum. It was created to commemorate the 100 years of Portuguese participation in the Olympic Games and, in addition to an infinite library with over 60 thousand works dedicated to sport, it is possible to see real works of art: oficial equipment and medals, Eusébio’s golden boot or even Joaquim Agostinho’s yellow jersey.
If you’re already itching to go running to this museum, just know that it’s located in Praça dos Restauradores, that you won’t have to pay admission and that it’s open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5:30pm.
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Located in Avenida de Berna, the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has two art collections that you can visit: the Founder’s Collection and the Modern Collection.
These two art collections can be visited every day, but if you’re looking to save money, it’s best to go on a Sunday, as every Sunday from 2pm entry is free.
- Geological Museum
Some people don’t notice it, but the Geological Museum is on the second floor of the old Convento de Jesus and discreetly displays over four thousand fossils, minerals and rocks that have been collected by geologists from all over the world.
Do we have any dinosaur fans around? In the Geological Museum you can see up close several fossils of dinosaurs that once lived in Lourinhã!
One thing is for sure: you will find unique pieces, such as a giant crocodile head or millions of years old snake fossils. You can see all these fossils and many more for free on the first Saturday of every month.
Paying a ticket can no longer be an excuse not to visit some of the best museums in Lisbon, so forget the sofa and blanket and take the opportunity to get to know a little of the history of our country and beyond.