NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the most original and creative museums in Lisbon - and it's absolutely free to enter.
Rua Augusta 4
1100-053 Lisbon, Portugal
+351 (0)21 888 6117
NileGuide Expert tip:
Remember to check out the safes and strong rooms in the basement.
The constantly evolving worlds of fashion and design are aptly defined by the name of this showpiece museum. In English 'mude' means change and every three months that's exactly what happens to much of the collection – it's rotated in order to display the more than 2,500 individual gowns, dresses, skirts, furniture, appliances and accessories owned by Francisco Capelo that span from the 1930s right up to the present day. Some of the fashion world's most influential labels are represented here, names like Paco Rabanne, Christian Lacroix, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Among the industrial design pieces are works by Harry Bertoia, Russel Wright and Oscar Niemeyer. The museum space is moulded into the stark, ripped out guts of the former Banco Nacional Ultramarino building. The bank's basement strong rooms are also open to the public. The galleries on the first floor are used as temporary exhibition space and usually showcase work by contemporary Portuguese designers.