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Address: Rua da Escola Politecnica 56/58, Lisbon 1250-102 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone Number: 213921800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many...

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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Large and interesting

We brought our two sons, 4 and 9 to the dinosaur exhibition, rock collection and planet earth exhibition. It was very interesting for them an the display was nice. A part of it is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Ívar Örn R

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We brought our two sons, 4 and 9 to the dinosaur exhibition, rock collection and planet earth exhibition. It was very interesting for them an the display was nice. A part of it is in portuguese only, but that´s not really a problem since it´s very visual. The rock collection was interesting for the younger one who was then getting... More 

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Thank Ívar Örn R
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is an amazing place to visit. Clearly running on a tight budget, it is nevertheless a beautiful garden. Some of the specimens are of amazing age and extremely unusual. The museum is very large and takes some time to look at.

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Thank Paul B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

The paths of the arboretum wind around a gentle slope...a great place to stroll in the shade. Lots of interesting tree shapes, especially the Australian fig trees, and I learnt that a palm tree is not a tree but a giant herb! The museum had good dinosaur exhibits explaining the timeline well. Interactive physics experiments are fun for kids and... More 

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Thank Philsteele
Basel, Switzerland
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I like minerals - the natural museum shows some good examples. This was the only highlight. Only the upper part of the botanical garden is worth to be visited ("shabby charm"). The butterfly-house seems closed forever. There are few indications to the trees and plants. Former visitors wrote wright: "sad and unloved". There are better places in Lisboa !

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Thank wernerus
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This is a large garden in the middle of the city – where you wouldn’t expect it. There are some interesting types of trees that I had not seen before, but the gardens themselves are quite run-down. A sign on the way in said they have not had enough public funding to provide for the appropriate upkeep of the place,... More 

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Thank Kate38880
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

***this review is for the Botanical Garden only*** Yes, the Botanical Garden is in shambles, but we felt it was rather fair that you are warned before going in and the price, a mere EUR 2,00, isn't outrageous for what you find inside. Since the Portuguese economy is not in a good state, it's only befitting that public spaces like... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The botanical gardens are a bit run down but it has a shabby charm and there are quite a few things to have a look at. It is only a few Euros and you can easily spend a pleasant hour or two. The natural history museum was excellent, the old chemistry laboratory and lecture theatre are beautiful. Go up to... More 

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Sad and unloved , 2 euro entry fee about right,needs serious attention to make a visit worthwhile.Not sure what else to say other than don't bother

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Belgium
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109 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Okay, so the museum was closed, that was not nice. But hey, the boticanical gardens are cool, in a strange, Jurassic park kinda way, for they have all those different kind of trees inside, which quickly make you loose your instinctive compasd and yes then you suddenly get stuck inside one of their artificial swamps and yeah well I hurt... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

What a shame, a great waste of a facility, due to lack of funding this garden is a sad reflection of it's former glory, it's tired and unloved A selection of large trees and shrub left to their on will, looks in the main like a derelict site with some poor tropical type plants

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