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On November 17th 1873 the first line of "Americanos" was inaugurated.

The line functioned opened to the public from the northern railway line station and east (´Santa Apoloónia´) and the extreme west of mound of ´Boa Vista´ (´Santos´).








Founded at the end of the third quarter of the nineteenth century, CARRIS has more than one hundred transport tickets issued that have made the delight of collectors.
And thanks to them, especially to collectors of "capicuas" numbers. 
This is a set of tickets, taken by the collector ´Horacio José da Cruz´, composed of 999 tickets, with numbering palindrome, from the number 00100 to 99999.




There are some rare objects that tend to get overlooked, despite the interest they have in the history of the Company, due to different uses that the passage of years attributed to them.

In this group there is a wooden bench made of wood that served for decades in the waiting room of the Health Service in Santo Amaro depot and that was identified as belonging to the animal traction cars (american cars).

85 inches in height and a length of 2.30 meters, combined with the robustness and compulsory lightness of the materials used in cars driven by animal traction, the aesthetic concern, translated into a design based on the five-pointed star, opened in the molded boards that serve as backrest.


This miniature model of a funicular dates back to 1892, designed and built by ´Joaquim Borges Cardoso´, partner of the ´Cardoso & d' Argent´ Company. He built among other projects, the company funiculars and ´Santa Justa´ lift. It is believed that this model served as part of the study done to install steam traction on funiculars.

It was object of meticulous restoration in the workshops of the Maintenance Department of the ´Santo Amaro´ depot. His great interest was, apart from all aesthetic care taken in its construction, in the mechanical system. It is so well designed and executed, that the little cleaning and lubrication maintenance done was enough to keep it in condition, despite having been out of service for many years.



For many years all CARRIS depots, with the exception of Miraflores, had wall mirrors that given their location were known as the ´Mirrors of the ´Shift´ Room´.

80cm wide by 180cm high and protected by wooden frames they reflected the continued concern of the Company for the way its staff presented themselves to their clients. This is clearly evident in the set of rules for general appearance recorded in them:

Another minute and see how
You present yourself in service.
Attention! Have you shaved?
Is your suit clean?
Note well
A clean look
Pleases everyone

And if someone thinks the word ´limpesa´ was badly written look again. It was the correct way to spell it back then.

This mirror on display here dates back from 1937 and was in the ´Shift´ Room of ´Santo Amaro´ Depot which at that time was called the Drivers Room.




16.05.14 There is life in CARRIS Museum

We would like to invite you to a new, completely renovated space at our Museum with different contents and activities.
It brings together a permanent collection alluding to the history of the METRO’s history.

Open since January 12th 1999, the CARRIS Museum bears witness to the contribution of the company to the city of Lisbon, simultaneously leaving its cultural mark in the history and life of the city and all who visit and live in it.

The following spaces of interest are available for a memorable visit:
  • Nucleus I: This presents the historical evolution of CARRIS and the Metro through documents, objects, uniforms and various apparatus which were part of the daily life of the companies.
  • Nucleus  II: Here you will find transportation vehicles, workshop machines, a printing workshop and also an area dedicated to Metro’s Art.
  • Nucleus III: This has an exhibition of work and transportation vehicles expecting renovation. In this space there is also a ‘Depot  atmosphere’  with obliterators and  Metro validation channels.
  • The transfer between CARRIS’ Museum’s buildings is done in a 1901 tram.
  • Art Gallery: A contemporary Art Gallery with diverse, individual and collective exhibitions. Open daily from 10 a.m – 17 p.m   (except Sundays & Public Holidays). Entrance is free. At the moment, the gallery has a ‘Tempos de Vista’ exhibition on display until 24th April. This is a ‘Betweenness’ work by Ines Teles and Mim Kim.
  • Educational service: This was created with the idea to link CARRIS’ Museum with educational activity adapted to various audiences promoting different interactive activities, stimulating thought, sensations and ideas. This will be done with guided visits, workshops, courses, school holiday and birthday parties.
  • Microfilm Room: Film ‘Lisbon, who are you?’: This is where a video projection is currently being shown telling the story of Lisbon city through its monuments, strategic points, facts and influential personalities, through its history. It uses cutting edge technology in its digital design and animation with multi projection video system and sound.
  • Lisbon Village Underground: Office spaces for the creative industry constructed from containers and 2 old collection buses from CARRIS’ Museum. It is part of an International platform for culture and creativity which has existed in London since 2007.
The CARRIS Museum would like to get closer to its visitors offering a set of cultural, dynamic and leisurely activities.
We happily await you, to relive the intriguing, unforgettable memory of our Public Transport’s story.
This journey and experience with CARRIS’ Museum simply cannot be missed!



In 1961, the CARRIS internal magazine published an article about a season ticket in the name of Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho. The Treasury Department returned this ticket to CARRIS in 1891, long after he left the country.
The holder was a young man (born in 1869 and died in 1959) wearing a straw hat and a polka dot tie. He was an Admiral in the Portuguese Navy. This post was acquired after crossing the South Atlantic Ocean in the company of Sacadura Cabral in 1922.
Quoting the author's note in the magazine about Admiral Gago Coutinho, it said: "he was always a simple man, even after being recognized. He never had a car and on land loved to ride the tram. I was his neighbour for many years, travelled often in his company in the ´S. Bento´ cars we both took on ´Largo Conde Barão´ when we went downtown".


23.04.14 World Book & Author's Rights Day

Come and celebrate the world book and copyright day with us.
Visit the CARRIS Museum and get 10% discount on any book for sale in
our shop (valid from 23rd to 30th April).
Don´t miss this opportunity!

01.04.14 Client Ticket Book

On display at the Museum is a photographic record of the holders of season tickets dating from the 19th to the 20th Century. Given some of the personalities portrayed here, this could prove to be an interesting study of Portuguese society then. 
Photographs were put next to the ticket number of the actual ticket holder along with their signature. 
The visitor’s attention is drawn to the austere look in the photographs themselves, noting that of the 2.625 photographs, only 40 are women – this translates into a percentage of only 1.5%.

31.03.14 100 years 28 tram line |10% discount

Did you know that... on March 1st, the 28 tram line as existed for 100 years?

The 28 tram service line began 100 years ago and CARRIS Museum wants to celebrate this with you! During March get 10% discount at the Museum shop on all items related to tram 28.
Don´t miss this opportunity!


These bells existed in the ´Santo Amaro´, ´Arco Cego´ and ´Amoreiras´ Depots. Made in bronze, they were used to announce the beginning and end of work
shifts of the staff who worked in ´car-barns´, amongst other purposes. They were the Depot bells. After a long life on active duty some even made through to the
present day and are integrated into the Museum collection. We highlight those which were used in the ´Santo Amaro´ and the ´Amoreiras´ Depots. This one was
purchased in 1939 for the price of 190 Escudos, weighs 28 kilos, is 23 cms in maximum diameter and 28cms from the crown to the base. The ´Santo Amaro´
bell whose acquisition date is unknown weighs 41.5 kilos and is 34 cms in diameter and 40cms in height. It was cast in 1909 by ´José de Oliveira´. Both
have decorative borders in low relief and bear crosses, which lead us to conclude that they originally were intended for churches or other religious institutions. 
For the curious, here is the timetable placed at the 'Santo Amaro´ depot at the entrance of ´car-barn´. It ran to announce the beginning and end of shifts for the
workshop staff:
Morning shift: 
07:55 a.m. - warning ring
08:00 a.m. - start of service ring
12:00 a.m. - end of service ring
Afternoon shift: 
12:55 p.m. - warning ring
13:00 p.m. - start of service ring
17:00 p.m. - end of service ring