Museu do Oriente

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Museu do Oriente

Housed in a former bacalhau (salted cod) cold store with impressive bas reliefs on its facade, the Museo do Oriente opened in 2008 and has become one of Lisbon's most important cultural institutions. Funded by the Fundação Oriente (a legacy of colonial Macau and its gaming revenues), this dockside giant seeks both to tell the story of the centuries-long Portuguese presence in Asia and to provide a showcase for Asian cultures. Highlights of the permanent collections include unique maps and charts from the golden age of Portuguese maritime exploration and stunning Chinese and Japanese painted screens. The museum hosts excellent, inexpensive concerts in its cozy auditorium, and organizes a plethora of cooking and crafts workshops.

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