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“Interesting and different” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museu Nacional dos Coches

Museu Nacional dos Coches
Praca Afonso de Albuquerque, Belem 1300-044, Portugal
+351 21-361-0850
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Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Belem
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace, the museum features coaches and carriages dating back to the seventeenth century.
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“Interesting and different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I'd never had the opportunity to really see a bunch of royal coaches up close, so that was really cool. There are approximately 50 different coaches in the museum, with one stunning one that they restored really taking your breath away! There are also some other neat coaches - not the fancy, ornate ones for royalty, but the smaller ones that were carried, or the more practical / everyday use ones. Definitely worth making a quick stop in to check it out if you're in the Belem neighborhood. You can visit in about half an hour if you just want to walk by and look at the various coaches; allot an hour or an hour and a half if you want to read all the placards on display and take in the second floor (which has some paintings and stuff upstairs, but which I didn't find super interesting so I skipped most of it).

Visited June 2012
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

So many interesting old coaches, some unique in the world. All steeped in history

Visited February 2012
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“More coaches than you can shake a stick at”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Definitely interesting especially if you've never see a coach or carriage up close and personal. For those with a technical bent (like my husband), you'll find the construction details fascinating (like carriages resting entirely on heavy duty leather straps). For the non technical people (like me), it got a bit redundant by the second room/hall but still interesting with coaches/carriages (some rare) spanning the XVIII to XIX centuries including related artifacts. The piece de resistance is halfway through the musuem - the amazingly restored Crown Carriage used in the state visit of her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 (gold gilded, red velvet, grandiose sculptures - what more would you want in a carriage!). The building itself also has some beautiful artwork throughout.

Visited June 2012
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“A look back into the past...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Right next to the 15 tram stop in Belem and a good place to start your Belem visit. It has a large collection of the finest coaches and carriages in a museum that is not intimidating in size. Even though the gilding and condition of some are deteriorating it is still possible to be impressed by the grandeur and flamboyancy of the craft. The interior is rather somber and the top floor was not open when we visited.

Visited June 2012
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“Royal coach museum in Belem part of Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

The coach museum features some beautiful and some gaudy coaches built by Portuguese, Spanish and Italian designers. There are about 20 coaches in the main room, with another room containing conveyances used to carry a couple of people by servants, and enclosed "cabins" drawn by horses. The sculpting and detail on some coaches is amazing. The upper room was closed unfortunately, but is said to contain costumes, blankets and other items. Photography, with flash, is allowed.

Visited May 2012
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