Casa Fernando Pessoa is in Lisbon’s slightly raffish neighborhood of Campo de Ourique and was the home of the revered Portuguese poet and literary critic Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) for the last 15 years of his life. Opened in 1993 as part museum and part cultural center, there are displays of many of Pessoa’s possessions—such as his writing desk, his typewriter and spectacles—in rooms laid out as if he had just departed, providing an intimate portrait of the life and times of the city’s favorite 20th-century poet. Ironically Pessoa’s best-known work, The Book of Disquietude, was only widely acclaimed after his death.
Regular workshops, lectures, poetry recitals and temporary art exhibitions are held at the center, and Pessoa’s vast private library can also be accessed for research. The glass extension at the rear of the museum houses a delightful, poolside restaurant called Flagrante Delitro, with an reputation for producing excellent local Portuguese dishes; it’s the perfect pit stop after a guided tour of the museum.
The life and times of Fernando Pessoa can be further explored on walking tours of the areas of Lisbon associated with him; they are lead by a Pessoa expert from the University of Lisbon.
Casa Fernando Pessoa is open Mon–Sat 10am–6pm. Admission for adults is €3; seniors, students & teachers are €2; children younger than 6 go free; family tickets are €8. Entrance is also free with the Lisbon Card. To access via public transportation, take the Metro Yellow Line to Rato.