The Lisboa Story Centre is one of the newest and most innovative museums of Lisbon. It was inaugurated in 2012 and it is a completely interactive museum; a unique way to learn the history of Lisbon from its origins to today.
Multimedia devices and sensorial experiences allow you to “dive” into the historical events that shaped the fate of Lisbon. The narrating voice of the audio guide will bring you back in time and it will keep you curious and excited about the history of the city.
Come and discover the myths and the realities of the ancient city, breath the atmosphere of the 16th century, find out which products were shipped from the New World, compare the images of the Lisbon of yesterday with the Lisbon of today. These are just few of the things that you will experience in the most modern museum of Lisbon.
The Lisboa Story Centre is divided into six areas covering a surface of 2200 square meters; each section shows chronologically the most important events and aspects that have shaped the history and the character of the city.
Start your visit from the area number 1, where you will find more about the origins of Lisbon. The rhythms of life initially marked by the river, land, sea and sky has changed with the arrival of colonizers, conquerors and with the construction of the city walls. Mythology and fascinating legends intertwine with the reality of historical facts.
In area number 2 admire the new cosmopolitan role played by Lisbon after the great trips, discoveries, and commercial trades of the city.
In area number 3 listen to one of the most moving moments of the history of the Portuguese capital city; on that day a terrible earthquake, seaquake and fire destroyed the city.
In area number 4 get to know one of the main protagonists of the rebirth of Lisbon, the Marquis of Pombal, a man who managed to deal with the disaster caused by the earthquake and who rebuild the city in only one year.
In the area number 5 come and discover why Commerce Square – also known as Terreiro do Paço – played a key role in the history of Lisbon.
Finish your visit in area number 6, which is located upstairs and where you will find an interactive panel to learn more about a dozen key events of the history of Lisbon.
The visit lasts about 60 minutes. Besides the permanent exhibition, also temporary exhibitions are periodically organized.
Inside the museum there is also a gift shop where to purchase souvenirs, postcards, stationery, jewels, and so much more. There are no restaurants but you will find several bars, coffee shops, and restaurants in the square and the streets nearby.
The entrance ticket can be purchased conveniently online, avoiding queues at ticket offices.
The Lisboa Story Centre is located in the very central Praça do Comércio, next to the tourism office. The square can be easily reached by train (suggested stop Terreiro do Paço), by bus, or by tram 25.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.