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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 #133 of 212 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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Geneva, Switzerland
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Braselton, Georgia
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69 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Almost nothing in English, and the exhibits are not really spectacular, not well cooled in Summer either. But there are some nice rock exhibits and an extensive treatment of how the earth developed, including its collision with the moon. But overall, not worth the price. But for a Euro more, you get the Botanical Garden next door, you can just... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Pleasant enough stroll, fairly hilly, not much info on the plants to read. Minimal entry fee of 2E per person, but the ticket desk was "out of maps"... should have been our first clue. We would likely not have done this activity if we knew in advance how little entertainment or information it provided.

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York, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

an amazing place to visit and for free! There is something there for adults and kids, Dinosaur exhibition was great and better as we got there early before the crowds,it was busy due to school hols. Loved the Mammals section personally . Would loved to visit again and spend more time, matbe out of school hols!

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Berlin, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We visited the Botanic garden on a rainy morning, and we found this a restful spot a nice hide away. If you are staying in the Bairro Alto or surroundings its worth to stroll down the hill to the gardens. It's totally surrounded by buildings and have a pleasant 19th century atmosphere. 2E entry fee.

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