Museu de Lisboa - Teatro Romano
Long-term Exhibition

Regarded as a site museum, the Roman Theatre aims to show what was one of the most emblematic monuments of the ancient city of Felicitas Iulia Olisipo. Set in a prime location with magnificent views over the River Tagus - which determined its geographical location - this monument conditioned the later evolution of the urban site, a fact evident in the numerous archaeological remains that are presented in the museum and in the layered overlapping of later buildings.

The museum, housed in an eighteenth century building which belonged to the Chapterhouse of the Cathedral, covers more recent buildings. The architectural restoration of the museum kept some of the pre-existing solutions, intending to show the evolution of this space over time.

Designed as a museum space under construction, the museum comprises, in addition to the long-term exposition, the archaeological site, where the theatre is and inside the museum, other previous archaeological remains of the monument and others that overlapped it, covering a long period of time from the Fourth Century BC to the 18th Century AD. The exhibition, dedicated specifically to the theatre, presents many other pieces collected in the various archaeological excavations, highlighting the architectural and sculptural elements and an abundance of ceramics from different historical periods.