There are lots of ways to know the city and this is a good one.
The Lisbon Museum has five different spaces you can visit, that can give you different perspectives on the city’s history. These are Palácio Pimenta, Teatro Romano, Santo António, Casa dos Bicos and Torreão Poente (read about them here).
Palácio Pimenta is the main site of the Museum. A beautiful 18th century building near Campo Grande’s metro station and Gardens.
It tells about Lisbon’s history and even has a mock-up of the city as it was before the big 1755 earthquake.
But there is another good reason to visit it besides the Museum: and that is the surrounding gardens. Very few people know about them, especially the Bordalo Pinheiro Garden, created in 2010.
Bordalo Pinheiro was a multifaceted 19th century artist, well known for his original ceramic pieces inspired by nature – some of which you can find in this hidden garden!
Giant ceramic bees lurking behind the hedges, silent howling dogs sitting by the trees, and enormous snails crawling on the ground (and up the building) are a few of its wonders and it’s well worth the visit.
If you like them, you can also visit the Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Museum that happens to be nearby, just on the other side of the Campo Grande’s Gardens.