Av. Brasília, Central Tejo1300-598 Lisboa
Opened in October 2016, the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology - has become a mandatory visit. So much so that no Lisboner can now imagine the Belém riverfront strip without this building's unique facade, which resembles a sea wave in an elaborate project designed by British architect Amanda Levete. MAAT is beautiful from above, from the front and from the side. It's beautiful at sunset, at dawn or under the white light of noon.
Its indoor and outdoor areas are visited by thousands of people every week. With an ambitious program, the MAAT showcases about 20 contemporary art exhibitions every year, both national and international, inviting artists, architects and thinkers to reflect on major themes and current trends. With four exhibition spaces spanning nearly 3,000 square meters, the MAAT's program extends to Central Tejo, a unique example of early 20th-century Portuguese industrial architecture. At the Central, contemporary art coexists with the history of this old power plant that once lit Lisbon, and which, through its permanent exhibit, reveals itself as a space of science, addressing themes such as the evolution of electricity from its advent to the emergence of the latest renewable sources.