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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

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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
Description: 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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Nice garden

For me, this is one of the best Botanic Gardens of Lisbon city... There's animals and different trees from Portugal's old colonies, so this garden has a especific area from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Pombal, Portugal
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Pombal, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

For me, this is one of the best Botanic Gardens of Lisbon city... There's animals and different trees from Portugal's old colonies, so this garden has a especific area from africa, macau and brazil. Has also a old little palace..

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It was like a step back in time to the bad old days of glass cabinets with dusty items inside. One or two more interactive displays, but on the whole a waste of time and money. We were in and out in 25 minutes.

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Manchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We went to the museum on the grounds of a special exhibit on spiders. The museum is cheap to enter but extremely confusing and a bit 'thrown together'. Nothing is signposted nor makes much logical sense. The old science labs and lecture theatre are interesting to look at but the planetarium, maths games and science section were very disappointing. There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The garden is nice, calm and peaceful but is in a horrible state. Almost all parts and buildings are closed and abandoned. Over all it has an eerie feeling but its worth a visit.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This garden must have been good many years ago.Unfortunately it is sadly unloved and unlooked after.No water in the ponds and huge trees and flower beds untended.Of course if no-one visits there will be no income.There are homeless people camping at one gateway. There is a good little cafe across the road to get over the uphill climb and disappointment... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you don't speak Portuguese you might want to skip out on the museum. It was not that many exhibitions that were translated, and when they were, they were sometimes only partly. As a museum lover who actually likes to read and know what I'm looking at I hated it. But the garden was beautiful, and I highly recommend it.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I went when the garden opened at 9am and waited for the museum to open at 11am on Sunday morning when they are both free. It was winter time so there were no flowers in the garden but the plants looked healthy. It is very small for a "botanical garden" it is mostly a large park around the museum. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

This is only a few steps from the wonderful Pasteis de Belem shop/bakery, but a world away from the hustle and bustle. The entry fee of €2 is well worth it for a gentle stroll through some amazing trees and shrubs to walk off the Pasteis. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a bit of peace and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

12e got my partner and I tickets to both the Natural History Museum and the the Botanical Gardens. Both were really great exhibits. The Natural History Museum and exhibits on the histories of chemistry and mathematics (which were far more interesting than they sound) plus the usual collections of dinosaur fossils and geological exhibits found in these sort of places.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Sheltered from the crowds that roam through the river-side of Belém, the Tropical Botanic Gardens are a place for those who seek some calm and quiet amidst the city. For a ticket of 2 Euro per person, my partner and I had the whole garden to ourselves to explore. Previous reviewers complain about the place looking neglected, but we found... More 

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