MAAT, Lisbon

The MAAT Museum in Lisbon is a remarkable museum, showcasing the integration of art, architecture, and technology. Let’s take a look at its history, and how it came to be, as well as explore the striking architectural design that graces the Lisbon waterfront.

History

The MAAT’s history traces back to the early 2000s when Portugal recognized the need for a contemporary venue dedicated to the fields of art, architecture, and technology. After meticulous planning and collaboration, the museum officially opened in October 2016 under the architectural guidance of Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A.

The MAAT Museum’s inception was envisioned as a space to not only exhibit contemporary works but also encourage critical thinking and artistic experimentation. Over the years, it has become a symbol of Lisbon’s thriving cultural scene, attracting artists and visitors globally.

Architecture

The renowned architectural firm AL_A, under the leadership of Amanda Levete, was tasked with realizing this vision. The outcome is an impressive, fluid structure that seamlessly blends with its picturesque surroundings along the Tagus River.

The museum’s exterior features undulating curves, reflective surfaces, and intricate geometric patterns. Its rooftop terrace provides visitors with views of the river and the city.

What truly makes the MAAT Museum unique is its unwavering commitment to sustainable architecture. The undulating roof is equipped with photovoltaic panels that harness solar energy, supplying power to the museum and exemplifying its dedication to environmental responsibility.

Visiting Times & Tickets

Tickets cost 11 euros, with discounts available for children and elderly. The MAAT is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 7 pm.

It’s closed on Tuesdays, Jan 1, May 1, and December 25. On December 24 and December 31, the museum is open until 3 pm.

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