Fado Museum

Fado Museum in Lisbon.

The Museum opening was in 1998. There are items belonging to hundreds of singers, composers, musicians, instrument manufacturers, professional and amateur artists, including regular exhibitions, seminars and workshops, along with research activities, while maintaining an open dialogue with the holder singers, musicians, authors and instrument builders.
The Museum shows 200 years of history. It as a unique collection of pictures, posters, music scores, music instruments, phonograms, clothes and performing props, trophies, medals, professional documents, contracts, licences, professional cards, among many other testimonies that co-existed and/or created Fado.
The portuguese guitar is a flat back shaped instrument, like a mandolin with eight, ten or twelve strings.  The sound of a portuguese guitar is an essential ingredient of ‘Fado’ as it echoes and enhances the singer’s melody line.
Fado started in  back street alleyways, cafes, brothels sang by the poor rebels of the city who simply wanted to express their pain, and story.  For a long time it remained outside the castle walls of Lisbon.

The Fado Museum

The word ‘Fado’ is from the Latin word ‘fatum’ meaning fate and destiny. For centuries, ships sailed around the globe and in each return briging new songs that spoke of dangers of the new worlds explored, songs of loneliness and homesickness.

The roots can be traced back to the early 1800s, right in the heart of Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama.

The word Fado is related to the Music itself and has also been called as the Portuguese Blues, the performance ties music and poetry and is based on human emotions.

The Fado Museum earned, in 2009, several awards including the Prize Essay and Disclosure from Amália Rodrigues Foundation, the Honourable Mention – Best Portuguese Museum from the Portuguese Association of Museology.
Telephone: +351 218 823 470, Fax +351 218 823 478
E-mail: museudofado@egeac.pt
Admission: €4.00 (Ask for reduced admissions)
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