The ancient city of Lisbon has a long and varied history. After studying its history for years, I was very interested in visiting the Lisboa Story Centre that opened in September, 2012.
The museum is located in the recently refurbished Praca do Comercio at Terreiro do Paco 79-81. I used my Lisboa Card ( that I purchased across the way in the TI (information center) and received a 20% discount. The tour is a self-guided 65 minute experience that uses ear phones in your language to guide you.
The museum is a very informative and accurate multi-media center that relates the history of Lisbon from its founding to the present.
Lisbon was built on the hills above the Tagus River and became a world power by the 15th & 16th centuries due to its discoveries of new spice routes and navigational superiority. The tragic earthquake of 1755 destroyed the city and is shown in a dramatic 8 minute video. The museum depicts the rebuilding of Lisbon and relates the city's history up until today. Lisbon is today, a vibrant, bustling, and cosmopolitan,European capital city that is fascinating to explore.
The museum points all of this out to you with its interactive and innovative displays, dioramas, tapestries, and video.
A visit to the Convento do Carmo in the Bairro Alto or the Church of Sao Domingo in the Rossio will also give you some idea of the destruction left behind from the 1755 earthquake.
There is a gift shop at the Centre.