Bernardas Convent – Puppet Museum


17th and 18th c.

© José Frade - Museu da Marioneta

Open Visits

Regular Visits

Saturday: 10h30, 16h30

Sunday: 14h30, 16h30


Saturday: 11h30 com Arq. Teresa Duarte

Sunday: 10h00 com Arq. Bernardo Pimentel

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

Maximum 25 people per visit

Photography allowed


Founded in 1653 and rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake, the convent was occupied by nuns until the extinction of religious orders in the mid 19th century. This followed a period of different occupations and uses: school, polytechnic high school, movie and performance theatre, headquarters of a philharmonic band and, in recent years, as housing. The Lisbon Municipality acquired the derelict convent and implemented reconstruction works that culminated with the installation onsite of the Puppet Museum and a restaurant, as well as re-homing families and the neighbourhood’s community group.



Rua da Esperança, 146


Directions: Google Maps / Apple Maps

Public Transport

Bus: 706, 727, 774

Train: Linha de Cascais - Santos