The district of Baixa is the commercial heart and the worldliest part of Lisbon, which stretches out in the middle of its original nucleon between Praça Dom Pedro IV, also known as Rossio square, and the suggestive Praça do Comercio overlooking the river Tejo.
Next to the square is the terminal of the Terreiro do Paço, which is the departure and arrival point of the numerous ferry boats crossing the river.
The three main avenues Rua da Madalena, Rua áurea and Rua da Prata delimit the district on the backside.
Museums in the district of Baixia
Fondaçao Calouste Gulbenkian/Museu Calouste Gulbenkian/Centro de Arte Moderna
Avenida de Berna, 45A
Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil magnate and art lover, gathered over 6000 works between 1942 and 1955. According to his will, this immense heritage was donated after his death to a foundation, which saw the light in 1969. A mix of Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Asian and Islamic art, decorative arts and European paintings from the Middle Age to the XIX century, including works by Rembrandt, Fragonard, Manet, Degas : all this is kept inside the museum. The park is spread with modern sculptures.
Foundation :mon-fri 9 am-13 pm and 14.30 pm-17.30 pm. Museum: tue-sun 10 am-18 pm; Art centre: tue-sun 10 am-17:45 pm.
Museum (permanent collection + temporary exhibitions inside the museum): € 4,00 Temporary exhibitions outside the museum (Galeria de Exposições Temporárias): € 3,00 / € 5,00 temporary exhibitions + temporary exhibitions € 5,00
temporary exhibitions + Modern Art centre: € 7,00 Discounted ticket (Young Card holders, students under 25 and adults over 65: € 2,00
Free entry on Sundays for everybody and every day for kids under 12.
Cinemateca Portuguesa/Museu do Cinema
Rua Barata Salgueiro
This fine building is a mix of Arab decorations and liberty structures with motifs related to the art of film making. The palace hosts screenings, meetings and symposia. There is also a library and a photography archive open Monday to Friday from 14 pm to 19.30 pm, As well as some permanent and temporary exhibitions. The restaurant/café in the building is a pleasant place for a break or a quick lunch.