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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 #131 of 223 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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Ra'anana, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 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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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
15 reviews 15 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 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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6 reviews 6 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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