Night of Museums: Best museum event in Lisbon!

Are you in Lisbon on May 21? Check out the European Night of Museums

DiaIntMuseus2Clara Mendes just joined Tings. When she told us she loves writing, we asked her to write about what’s going on in May – and to pick the most interesting events she would recommend friends and travelers on the way to Lisbon.

Clara has picked 3 super events from The European Night of Museums’ super program of: Dance, Music and Circus.

So now we have a young and local contributor on the blog – which is highly appreciated 🙂


Clara’s picks from European Night Of Museum’s program: Music, Dance & Circus

This year the theme chosen by The International Council of Museums is Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. We can tell you about the best parts of this program.

For starters, you get free entrance in the best Lisbon museums during the 18th, International Museum Day. The entire country will take part of this special date, hence all kinds of activities will be promoted.

But then, on the night of the 21st, each of these spots has a specific program of activities that occur at nighttime.

So much more interesting, right?

These are our top recommendations that will make it worth it for you to leave the hotel at the end of the day:

For Music Lovers

If you’re curious about Portuguese roots and tradition, you can take this chance to listen to one of the most important voices of Portuguese music:

Vitorino will play in the Puppet Museum of Lisbon, at 10 p.m.

If, on the other hand, you’re up for some fresh musical blood, allow yourself to be surprised by Vaarwell. A Portuguese indie pop band which promises to enchant you with its sweetness and melancholy.

Vaarwell will play at 9.30 p.m at the Museum of Music.

For Dance lovers

The National Museum of Theatre and Dance invited the National Ballet of Portugal (Companhia Nacional de Bailado) to take over their rooms at 10 p.m. In “Príncipes, Heroínas, Amores Impossíveis e Outras Assombrações” dance will be the story-teller of violent passions and heroic dramas. Also, in the Popular Art Museum, you can join the Tradballs group and get to know the traditional dances of many European countries. Rumor has it that they are incredibly fun. It will take place on the 19th, from 10 p.m to midnight.

For Circus Lovers

In November of 2016, a visitor of the National Museum of Ancient Art bumped into one the museums’ most important pieces, “Arcanjo São Miguel”, from the XVIII century.

After being restored, it is finally back to the museum. Lisbon’s school of circus arts, Chapitô (which is located in the building from which the sculpture is from originally) is welcoming it with a Circus party. They have prepared a special show, named “Miguel e Los Angeles” that will take place at 9 p.m in the Museum’s yard. After, the party will go on until midnight with a DJ on the dance floor.

Museum Day Chaipito

Man’s world meets the Angles world when students at the Chapitô Circus School “invade” the National Museum of Ancient Art for their performance inspired by Anjos: Miguel e Los Angeles. 

Within these, it’s being really hard to pick the best destination for the night!

To make it even more difficult for you, here’s the full program 🙂

Have fun, we know we will!


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