Tours

Exhibition tours at maat do not aim to provide ready answers as to what art and a museum space should be, but rather seek to provide an informal space for experimentation which promotes knowledge and dialogue, a shared responsibility which encourages the visitor to take on an active role. We provide tours to maat based on contemporary art, design and architecture and science-based tours to Central Tejo. Professional educators and trainees assure guided tours to the museum's temporary exhibitions and to the EDP Foundation Campus’ architecture and gardens. Tours can be customised to the needs of specific groups and schools and are available in both Portuguese and English. Their average duration is one hour.

Audience: suitable for all ages
Duration: 40 minutes
Capacity: min. 5/max. 20 participants
Admission: €7 / person
 

Virtual guided tour

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A live online tour of the maat exhibitions with a museum educator. In this unique experience, various exhibited artworks and content will be highlighted in order to generate greater knowledge and interaction, inviting participants to play an active role during the visit,
All virtual visits will be held via Zoom.
Each session is limited to a maximum of 28 people.

Visits available every day except Tuesday, 11.00–18.00.
Duration: 60 minutes. Booking required

Corporate tours

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These tours comprise a themed tour and a practical activity, designed especially for companies and institutions. Using art, science or technology as the inspiration, and the exhibitions in the Museum as a tool, these tours are na effective way of promoting creativity and innovation within companies.   

Architecture tour – maat and Central

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By Fabrícia Valente, Maria Ângela da Silva, Maribel Mendes Sobreira, Jorge Catarino, José Santos, Patrícia Trindade, and Susana Anágua
Visiting maat awakens an eye for various architectural languages: the industrial one from the early 20th century, with the imposing presence of Central Tejo, but also the contemporary one, which the new building reflects so well.
With an implementation that deserves a close look at the location's geography, there are many stories that the river and the city have told us, particularly that of the Great Lisbon Embankment, as it is popularly known.
What are the main references for each of these buildings? Materials, structures, colours, form and function – how do these elements allow us to get to know the buildings better and relate them to Lisbon?
In this tour, which suggests a route between the museum and the outdoor space, the languages of architecture will be the starting point, approached in different ways for different audiences.
* Link with the study subjects of Arts and Crafts and Technological Education, History, and Geography.
Language: Portuguese
Meeting point: Central

 

Technology – Fuel to Art

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By Fabrícia Valente, Maria Ângela da Silva, Maribel Mendes Sobreira, Jorge Catarino, José Santos, Patrícia Trindade, and Susana Anágua
The word “technology” comes from the Greek and could be translated as “skill” when associated to its roots “technique” and “ology”. Art has always been linked to the process of expertise of making things and, as such, nowadays it is increasingly associated with technology. In this tour through contemporary art, we will discuss the issues related to technology in its more technical and scientific involvement, in order to explore the relationship between the object of art and the scientific method versus the creative method, and Nature’s phenomena.
Language: Portuguese
Meeting Point: Central

Finding the measure of things – Geometry 

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With Susana Anágua, José Santos, Fabrícia Valente, Hugo Barata, Jorge Catarino, Patrícia Trindade.
In Ancient Greece, scientists and mathematicians studied Geometry in order to gain a better understanding of the world.  Art also makes use of Mathematics, in shape as well as in colour and materials. This tour will explore works of contemporary art seen through the logic of Mathematics.

  • Third Saturday of every month, 16.00–17.00 [Portuguese]. Tickets
    Other dates and hours by appointment.

Art and ecology tour: Parts of a Whole

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By Fabrícia Valente, Maria Ângela da Silva, Maribel Mendes Sobreira, Jorge Catarino, José Santos, Patrícia Trindade, and Susana Anágua
The axis art and ecology is among the themes addressed by maat as a way of inviting its audiences to think and rethink contemporary environmental issues. This tour is centred on three subjects: the first is the approach to the maat Gardens project, both in terms of form and the choice of flora; the second is the relationship between art, architecture, and nature; and the third is exploring the works on display at the museum and current environmental issues they refer to. All three topics are addressed in dialogue and at the same level.
* Link with the study subjects of Arts and Crafts and Technological Education, Portuguese, Philosophy, and Geography.
Language: Portuguese
Meeting point: Central Tejo + temporary exhibition

Introduction to contemporary art tour: Art Today

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By Fabrícia Valente, Maria Ângela da Silva, Maribel Mendes Sobreira, Jorge Catarino, José Santos, Patrícia Trindade, and Susana Anágua
What is the art of our time? The object vs. concept relationship. How do contemporary artists produce? And what are their objectives?
An introduction to the great questions of the art of our time, carried out through routes designed throughout the maat exhibitions, with the aim of deconstructing ideas and opening up dialogue about the artistic practices of contemporary artists.
* Link with the study subjects of History, Arts and Crafts and Technological Education, Arts and Crafts, Portuguese, and English. 
Language: Portuguese

 

Guided tour to the exhibition "Retroactivate"

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Retroactivate, which is part of Terra, the 2022 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, proposes a circular and holistic system model in building the space we inhabit, motivated by a greater and deeper balance between communities, resources, and processes. It addresses how climate change/actions, pressure on resources and socio-economic and environmental inequalities are deeply interconnected. These visits guided by the educational teams, aimed at the general public, specialised audiences or people with special needs, also give clues to the interweaving of themes and the broader curatorial line of Terra.

Audiences: children, teens and adults
Capacity: 20 people
Duration: 90 min
Price: 7€/person
by appointment
Meeting point: Central

Monumental Tour

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Come and visit the factory which “lit up” Lisbon, the Central Tejo. Allow yourself to be surprised by a unique space which combines the history of past and present energy production and learn more about energy-related phenomena and environmental challenges during a very interactive tour!

  • Every Saturday and Sunday, 15.00. Tickets

Monumental Tour + Lab

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Come visit the power station and discover the experiments which taught us how to produce electrical energy.

Secret Tour

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We invite you to visit the areas in Tejo Power Station which are usually closed off to the public. Discover the different boiler levels, the rheostat room, the coal distribution conveyer belts, the mixing tower, the water-cooling tower, the tunnels and other power station secrets.
Ages: +12. Duration: 90 minutes

  • First Sunday of every month, 16.00. Tickets

 

Gardens and Permanent Art Installations

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Visit to the gardens on the EDP Foundation, a landscaping project by Lebanese architect Vladimir Djurovic, which involves a walkway that can be taken around the power station and the maat.

  • Saturdays and Sundays, 18.00. Tickets

Set the Place – Alzheimer

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With Susana Anágua
The aim of this programme is to offer people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and their carers, the opportunity to take part in the museum’s activities. How does a painting, a sound, a book or a moment spent in a place or setting affect us? Based on the museum collections and the themes explored in their exhibitions, the purpose is to reactivate memories by building individual and joint narratives. Various media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, bodily expression, music and poetry will be used as vehicles to express and stimulate creative processes. 
Partners: Associação Alzheimer Portugal, Acesso Cultura, Museu de Lisboa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Sofia Cabrita and Margarida Mestre.

Season 1: Fridays, 11.0012.30 (22 April, 29 April, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May).

maaturity – Art at tea time

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Senior Programme - With Fabrícia Valente  
maaturity is a programme designed to give senior citizens a chance to air their views. It invites them to share their opinions on how maat provokes and stimulates: from the anxiety and challenges that contemporary art can cause to new models on being in and belonging to a museum space, and possible perspectives on the museum’s architecture. Over 5 months, teatime will taste of art, and challenges will be set that can be translated into different languages. Together, a dynamic will be created in the museum in which your maturity is the key to new possibilities.

  • Ages: +60. Capacity: max. 8 people. Price: 20€/person (season ticket) 

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Special educational needs programme 

maat offers an integrated programme of creative activities aimed at people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Using the exhibitions on show as a starting point, these creative activities explore both the museum space and the workshop aspect, with the purpose of finding personal answers and creating spaces for dialogue, experimentation and sharing, in the hope that therapeutic benefits can be achieved as a group and felt by each of the participants.

Acessible Spaces – Architecture
Normally sighted and blind or visually impaired visitors

With José Santos
A visit that looks at the architecture of maat, a Lisbon building with an emblematic design. The visit is intended to challenge people to view architecture as a dialogue on form, function, space and materials. The aim is to raise awareness and to reveal the museum spaces and their materials and models through the use of sound and touch so that participants can understand the complexity of the museum project that lies behind what is visible 
By appointment

Atlas of Self  
Starting from the transversality of languages and the creative universes of contemporary artists, this tour-workshop challenges participants to explore the maat environments. Using different artistic expressions, from drawing to painting, from photography to video, from body expression to artistic installation. 
The set of actions to be taken may vary according to the specific characteristics of the public, also focused on mixed classes, included in integrated education. 
By appointment