Museu do Chiado: A Beacon of Contemporary Art
The Museu do Chiado, also known as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, is a significant cultural institution in Lisbon, Portugal. Since 2001, it has been located in the Convent of Bernardas. It is the first museum in Portugal dedicated to interpreting and disseminating the history of puppetry. The museum covers the history of this art form worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Portuguese puppets.
The museum’s collection has gradually expanded and diversified over time, illustrating various theatrical forms. These forms either derive from ancient traditions or emerge from contemporary artistic explorations. Different personalities, authors, collectors, and puppeteers have contributed to this project, transferring their estates to the museum.
In 1990, the Museu do Chiado received the Council of Europe Museum Prize, recognizing its contribution to preserving and showcasing Europe’s cultural heritage. The museum continues to educate visitors about the importance of puppetry and its role in cultural development.