Considered the best modern and contemporary art museum in Portugal, the Berardo Collection is own by billionaire art collector José Berardo. Both the permanent collection and the rotating exhibits are housed in an all white, modern, minimalist building located in the Belém neighborhood of Lisbon.
The carefully curated permanent collection uses chronological order to take visitors through the evolution of modern art from the early 20th century through the present day. The first exhibition focuses on art from 1900 – 1960 and includes works by famed cubism artists Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as well as abstractionist painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and surrealist pioneer, Salvador Dali. The second part of the permanent collection focuses on art from 1960 – 1990, and
includes recognizable pieces like Andy Warhol’s silk screen prints of Judy Garland and Campbell’s Tomato Soup alongside unique, unexpected pieces from lesser-known modern artists.
The museum is quite large and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for a rainy day activity — not to mention that admission is free. Beyond the art, there’s a lovely café and restaurant that faces the expansive lawn and well-kept gardens as well as a museum shop with interesting trinkets and gifts.
The Berardo Collection Museum is located at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Praça Império in the Belém neighborhood. It is open every day from 10 a.m, to 7 p.m. and admission is free.