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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 234 Attractions in Lisbon
Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Good mineral collection, well displayed. Enjoyed very much the exhibition on the 1st floor, I would rather seen it at start...the museum should start there. Loved the old chemical laboratory. Overall is time well spent.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The gardens are sadly underfunded due to the economic crisis and a bit unkempt as a result but definitely worth a wander round. The butterfly house was a lovely surprise!

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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a lovely, sub-tropical oasis in the centre of lovely Lisbon. It's not big or fancy, but it is a real injection of green.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This museum was OK it had a few interesting pieces, the garden however could do with some TLC. I wore pumps which is not a good idea as some of the paths are rocky. This attraction was close to where we were staying so I am glad that we did not go to out of our way to pay this... More

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Ra'anana, Israel
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very quiet, even romantic hideaway in the city. Very cheap entrance fee, Worth visiting for the Butterfly House alone. Did not bother with the museum itself. For anyone who appreciates nature.

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Agde, France
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16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a review for the Botanic Gardens next to the Natural History Museum - NOT the Tropical Botanic Gardens near Jeronimos Monastery in Belem. Although it was August, a month when few flowering plants are very impressive, there were still sufficient gems to maintain interest. This garden is very well designed with a multitude of labyrinthine paths weaving in... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Natural History Museum is place not to missed for those who want to learn about science in practical way. They don't have that modern approach as some other museums but for sure it will keep you busy for sometime. They have a lot of things to experiment and learn about physics. You can see an chemistry lab from the 19th... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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