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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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Not English texts in the museum

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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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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Cork
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

If you visited the gardens in winter do not complain about plants not flowering or having died back... If you think more money needs to be invested in the garden then don't complain about the price of seeing it! The interactive physics exhibition was really really wonderful, the explanations were great. . And the playable old toys room was great... More 

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massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Spend a sunny afternoon wandering the expansive gardens where there are tropical trees and plants and lots of paths . There's a waterlily pond to relax on a bench.Very calm setting and awat from the hustle and bustle of the city life.There is also a nice butterfly house.Lovely to walk.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Did not really liked this botanical gardens. It seemed abandoned, and even in such an interesting region of Lisbon, it was not worthy

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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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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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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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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