The National Museum of Theater and Dance is the national museum and the great archive of memories and the history of the performing arts in Portugal. Through its collections, it seeks to develop knowledge of both the history and the current situation of the performing arts, as well as to treat, conserve, preserve, organize, investigate, document and disseminate all its collections.
The Museum is housed in the Monteiro-Mor Palace, an 18th century building that was restored and adapted specifically for this purpose. Currently, the museum’s collection, which began to be built in 1979, already has close to 250,000 pieces. These include costumes and stage props, sets, costumes, posters, programs, records and scores, and around 120,000 photographs. There is also a specialized library with 35,000 volumes.
The National Museum of Theater and Dance has periodically presented temporary exhibitions dedicated to theater companies, figures linked to the show business and lesser-known aspects of theater and dance, as well as performing arts activities in general.