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The Official Residence of the Prime Minister

The Division to Assist the Official Residence of the Prime Minister (Div-Ropm) is a unit that belongs to the Mobility, Sustainability and Procurement Department (DSMSA), which ensures the following: the necessary administrative support to the Prime Minister’s Office activity; the Official Residence of the Prime Minister’s administration and conservation, as well as that of the respective furnishings and equipment, including the various spaces in the compound.

Information to the Public

Art at São Bento

This initiative was set up in 2017 with the aim of asserting, enhancing, and showcasing Portuguese contemporary art pieces and pay homage to national culture. Every year, a Portuguese art collection is invited to exhibit contemporary artists’ pieces in the main rooms of the Official Residence.

Each collection is unveiled on 5 October and is on exhibition for one year.

On 5 October 2023, the Manuel de Brito collection was unveiled.



Previous exhibition:

  • 2022 – Peter Meeker Collection
  • 2021 - AA Collection
  • 2020 - Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection
  • 2019 - Norlinda and José Lima Collection
  • 2018 - António Cachola Collection
  • 2017 - Serralves Collection

The exhibition Art at São Bento – Manuel de Brito collection can be viewed on the first Sunday of every month until September 2024.

Design at São Bento

Set up in November 2019, this project offers a more contemporary visual setting to the Official Residence of the Prime Minister by selecting furniture items that show Portuguese contemporary design representatively.

After its opening on 25 January 2020, the Official Residence started hosting a myriad of pieces from the 15th to the 21st Centuries: furniture, lighting, textiles, and decorative objects that represent Portuguese heritage and culture, focusing on the various national production sectors: wood, cork, stone, glass, textiles, and ceramics.



Until January 2024, the public can get to know this initiative on the first Sunday of every month with a prebooked guided tour.

Visit the Official Residence Garden

Since June 2016, the gates to the Official Residence of the Prime Minister’s Garden have been open on Sudays for the public to enjoy.

A true oasis of peace and tranquillity in the centre of Lisbon, covering two hectares, the garden of São Bento Palace is certainly one of the Portuguese capital’s best kept secrets, with a wide number of trees and bushes where one finds examples of undeniable size and beauty.

Entry is free of charge every Sunday unless the official agenda restricts it.

  • Autumn and Winter hours - from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Spring and Summer hours – from 10 am to 6 pm

Official commemorations of the 25 April revolution

Every year, the Official Residence of the Prime Minister opens its doors to the citizens to commemorate 25 April..

Offering a diversified cultural programme, with a dozen shows and activities being held throughout the various spaces in the garden, among which are musical moments, plays, entertainment, and workshops, these commemorations count on thousands of visitors of all ages and generations.

Following tradition, a work of art is unveiled at a landmark spot in the Official Residence’s Garden, for the public to enjoy.

Last update: 13 de May, 2024