How to visit The Berardo Collection Museum

Below you will find information on how to visit the Berardo Collection Museum. With nearly two million visitors per year, the Berardo Collection of modern art is Portugal’s most visited museum.

Entrance to Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon
Brian Dooley, PDM-owner, via Wikimedia Commons

About the Berardo Collection Museum

Joe Berardo – the man

The Museu Coleção Berardo, which opened in June 2007, is the private collection of Portuguese philanthropist José Berardo.

Berardo was one of the richest men in Portugal prior to 2010. 

Without completing high school he started at a low level in wine production and later became involved in agribusiness.  Next, he got into oil and diamond mining. 

Before long he was a major player in the Portuguese stock market, banking, and telecommunications.

The Berardo Collection itself

With more than 1000 pieces on display, the museum places an emphasis on 20th century American and European art.

The works are displayed over two floors, with two halls for permanent exhibitions and two that regularly rotate temporary exhibitions.

Pieces are arranged in the context of chronology and according to school or style.

The entire collection is valued at over €36 million.

Picasso’s “Femme dans un Fauteuil (Métamorphose)” – worth more than €18 million is the museum’s most valuable work. 

Other noteworthy pieces include Andy Warhol’s Portrait of Judy Garland, Salvador Dali’s White Aphrodisiac Telephone, Roy Lichtenstein Interior with Restful Paintings, and The Barn by Paula Rego.

Study for the Bull in the Scene - Arshile Gorky, Berard Collection, Lisbon
Study for the Bull in the Scene, Arshile Gorky, photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Other artists’ works featured include:

  • Max Ernst
  • Piet Mondrian
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Vieira da Silva 
  • Francis Bacon
  • Donald Judd
  • Bruce Nauma
  • Cindy Sherman

The museum offers tours, in particular, they offer age-appropriate tours for children and their parents.

The Berardo Collection Museum has a rooftop garden and cafe.

Magnetic Mountains by Kurt Seligmann
Magnetic Mountains by Kurt Seligmann, photo Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How to visit the Berardo Collection Museum

The Berardo Collection is located in the historic Belém neighborhood on the western end of Lisbon. The subway does not go to Belém, but there are several options if you want to use public transportation.

  • Take the Comboios Portugal train to Cascais.  Board the train at Cais do Sodré Station. The trip takes seven minutes.
  • Take Tram 15E. Board at Praça da Figueira. For more information on this Elétrico tram, see my article How to get from Alfama to Belém (Hint: Tram 15E)
  • Take Bus 728.  From Cais do Sodré the trip will take 25 minutes.

Address: Address: Praça do Império, 1449

GPS: 38.69536747544556, -9.208951927382728

T: 351 213 612 878

Official website: The Berardo Collection

When is the Berardo Collection Museum open?

The Berardo Collection Museum is open every day, from 10 am – 7 pm.

Admission to the Berardo Collection Museum

Admission is free!

What other attractions are nearby?

For more information on the Belém neighborhood, see my article Lisbon’s historic Belém neighborhood | Everything you need to know

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