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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

Rua da Escola Politecnica 56/58, Lisbon 1250-102 Lisboa, Portugal
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Ranked #132 of 217 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Gardens, Natural History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many specimens to Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s. Great views of Belem.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went to the gardens to escape the high temperatures on the day we visited Belem, we skipped the museum so I can't vouch for that but the gardens, despite as many reviewers mention being quite overgrown was very peaceful and charming. A nice place to recharge your batteries

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Wall Township, New Jersey
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The botanical gardens were lovely. They were a bit overgrown, and sprawling with little direction and many twisting paths but it was quite charming for all of that. We were less impressed with the museum. The exhibits were interesting but only one had signs in English. A few others had laminated English translations you could pick up to read at... More

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North Yorks
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I visited just the garden and arrived at opening time so I was the only visitor (quite a few people were working on the gardens).This is not a tidy, manicured garden with some parts quite overgrown and wild, dotted with derelict buildings and empty water features, but I like that kind of thing and was quite charmed by the character... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,125 reviews 1,125 reviews
799 attraction reviews
1,043 helpful votes 1,043 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

After spending the morning eying cultural- candy,we repaired to a providor's pantry to assemble the necessities for a picnic in the Jardin Botanico, atropical,peaceful park with ponds,peacocks,waterfowl and relatively few visitors. Its more an arboretum then a flower garden. We settled under a monkey-tree from South America and delighted in the bounty of our picnic nosh.

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Geneva, Switzerland
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

No ultimo dia do 18 April 2014, visitei o Jardim Botânico e muito francamente houve algums aspetos que me desagradaram e que de aqui deixo fé: 1 não acho normal pagar um bilhete inteiro quando um das instalações, o borboletario, esta fechado. 2 Falta para quem não é familiar aos espécies do jardim umas cartazes visiveis e de facil leitura... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Our guidebook was not very encouraging about the museum, but we defiantly visited. I rather enjoyed it, if only because it brought me back to memories of going to science museums with my father when I was a child -- almost 40 years ago. If you are interested in the history of science, this is a great museum. Many science... More

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We made a tour of the gardens during the New Year break and found them in sad shape- The paths are thick with dead leaves, which in some areas make walking dangerously slippery- None of the water feaures are flowing, possibly because several of them appeared to be clogged with dead vegetation- In some places, the water has become so... More

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Pau, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I only visited the building, not the garden: my son is into dinosaurs, not plants! The dinosaur section was in two rooms, with some nice stuff, but nothing extraordinary (never saw the 2 photos that describe the museum here...). The nice stuff is that there is something about a lot: - minerals, with different types and a "mine" visit -... More

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Elgin Scotland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This botanical garden has a host of exotic plants and is situated in the centre of Lisbon but we found it a bit hard to locate. We were on foot and wandered a bit before we found it. The interior had a network of paths but it appeared a bit neglected; maybe due to the austerity of the country. I... More

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Silves, Faro, Portugal
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Had a wonderful time here, me and my husband spent all day here, €5 entry for the science Museum and the Garden. Loved the Mineral section and the Dinosaurs too. My husband loved the practical Physics section, as well as the math games. Yes a lot of it was in Portuguese, but then again you are in Portugal ??. You... More

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