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Museu Nacional dos Coches

Praca Afonso de Albuquerque, Belem 1300-044, Portugal
+351 21-361-0850
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Belem
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace, the museum features coaches...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace, the museum features coaches and carriages dating back to the seventeenth century.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

During 1500´s, at the peak of Portugal wealth, Portugal had a king - D. João V - that spent money with incredible stories that will remain ; you´ll find in this Museum amazing examples of wealth and art on carriages of this age, that you wont find it anywhere else in the world.

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West Palm Beach
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Until I saw the National Coach Museum near the waterfront in Lisbon, Portugal, I had never envisioned the phenomenal wealth of the Royal Family of Portugal(1640-1910) until the end of the titled Braganza line in 1908 with the savage assassination of King Manuel I and his son Luis. A museum located in a lovely section of Lisbon houses .resplendent, no... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The museum is small with sufficient English translations. The coaches were interesting. Amazing what rich people need to live. Your visit will last 30 - 45 minutes. The lights are kept low. I wish descriptions had been placed at eye level rather than coach level. However, a winner with me.........

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Was nearby and thought would go and have a look. The former riding school is beautiful. It was most enjoyable…17th c musketeers came to mind. Some very flamboyant ..others are incredibly embellished ...not a very comfortable form of transport The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster of their day.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We love this sort of thing, so really enjoyed wandering around looking at the over the top opulence of these coaches. Most of the coaches were not made for serious travel, but for ceremonial events, so they are lavishly decorated with gilt and artwork. Amazing!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this truly is a museum full of coaches. It wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be - a lot of the coaches were pretty beat up and honestly, once you've seen 1 (or 5 or 10) coaches, you've seen them all. It was kind of cool to see all of... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

At first, I thought so what - coaches.Was I wrong! There are so many beautiful coaches and they are all in one place!! Have to wonder how people of worth traveled and these are the best of the best. Worth a visit since you are in Lisbon and in the Belem area! The gallery overhead is just as impressive. Worth... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was a boring and very repetitive museum. Oh! look a coach Oh! another coach and another coach! It is small two rooms full of coaches and a gift shop which sells postcards not model coaches!!! Unless you have a fixation for coaches don't bother wasting your time there are plenty of much more interesting places to visit. Such as... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The coaches on display are magnificent. The detail workmanship is unbelievable. It is not a large and gets crowed easily, so get there early if you want to get some good pictures. We heard the coach King Carlos I was riding in when he was assassinated was on display and that you can still see bullet holes in the side.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I understand why this is one of the largest coach collections in the world as I have never seen so many in one place, especially is such great condition. Add to that the lovely painting collection on the upper gallery. It is a MUST when you are in Belem.

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