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Museu da Marinha

Praca do Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal (Baixa)
+351 21 362 0019
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Ranked #49 of 228 Attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well as ship models. Portugal was a world leader in maritime exploration... more » Owner description: The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well as ship models. Portugal was a world leader in maritime exploration (Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, etc.) « less
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Vienna, Austria
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125 reviews 125 reviews
35 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited with young kids (6 and 10) and they enjoyed the museum a lot. My son likes ships and my daughter is studying explorers so it was a good visit. Lots of cool scale models, some quite large, as well as dramatic paintings, maps, navigational equipment, uniforms, bells, etc. The highlight, of course, is the hall with royal barges... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This museum mostly has beautiful scale models of boats from Portugal. The emphasis is on military ships throughout the ages, though there are also scale models of commercial and fishing vessels. It is interesting to see history through Portuguese eyes, morning lost colonies to the British for example. Some of the scale models are quite large and beautiful. The best... More

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Manacor, Spain
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I am keen on everything connected with the sea and always visit naval, maritime museums when I can. Anyone with an interest in ships, maritime history, etc will not be disappointed here. The building is relatively modern (1960s) but houses a wealth of exhibits, including scale model ships, full size replicas, paintings, instruments, uniforms.

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This museum was really interesting. One unique aspect was the plethora of uniforms on display - particularly those of the marine/naval infantry forces. There were, of course, great ship models. The only downside was the lack a strong display regarding the navy's role in the African wars in the 1960s and '70s. No fear English-only speakers, almost every display was... More

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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went to Belem on a sunday morning, and while there were crowds waiting to enter the monastery, the entrance of the maritime museum on the back side of the monastery was empty. The building itself is beautiful, and the museum is very interesting, telling the proud history of Portugal in navigation and discovering, through many models of famous ships.... More

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Odessa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's very interesting museum. It has alot of things which are interested either childrend and adults. Everyone can find something there. Don't forget admission is free on first Sunday of every month

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A must see if you have some interest in military history and discoveries. You even get to see real weapons, armors, uniforms and plenty of models from the first exploration WarShip -1300 to the latest -2008. The museum is arranged in a way that you begin back in times and walk up to modern days while witnessing the evolution of... More

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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum has so much material that could be used to tell the history of how continents were discovered, about colonialism and its consequenses and the rise and fall of a super power. But it just doesn't do that.

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Dunmow
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Overall a bit of a let down, considering the wealth of naval history the Portuguese have. Just didn't feel the story got told in any sense, there were plenty of scale models but it was all about the 'how' and not about the 'why'. Didn't compare at all favourably with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Admission is cheap (~EUR6) but... More

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Campbell, CA
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26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was much more interesting that I thought it would be. It was fascinating to see all of the ships that sailed the seas when Portugal dominated the oceans. Upon entering the museum, one sees the map of the world as seen through the Portugese explorors. It's very impressive. The main hall contains numerous sailing vessels, including side views of... More

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