Museu Nacional dos Coches

Museu Nacional dos Coches, Belem: Hours, Address, Museu Nacional dos Coches Reviews: 4.5/5

Museu Nacional dos Coches
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA458 contributions
Couples
This is listed as one of the best sites to see in the Lisbon area. I was dubious until I entered the new museum (moved to new building from old site) and then was awed. You always see coaches in movies like Cinderella or other period films but until you see these royal coaches in person, you can not imagine just how impressive they are. I was genuinely awed. If you are a new traveler, you may well choose to spend you time in Portugal differently. But for someone like me that has traveled a lot and it not easily impressed. This museum was something special. I have never seen anything like it. There are video descriptions next to most of the coaches that tell you it’s History as well as information on how the construction of coaches changed over time. The oldest coach dates to the 1500’s. The livery worn by footmen that attended the royals is also on display. Not a lot of reading here though. The very large museum is really a place to just come and stroll among the coaches.
Written June 13, 2022
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Angela K
London, UK14 contributions
Family
So they have two buildings which we didn’t know when we first went. The modern half was open on Tuesday so we went and visited. My mum really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful carriages. It wasn’t very big and you could see the whole thing in under an hour.

We realised when we left that across the road was the older building which was unfortunately closed that day. I’d say if you go to Belem try and go later in the week as most things seemed to be closed earlier in the week.

It was a shame but we still enjoyed it.
Written May 27, 2022
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Boisenb
Boise, ID366 contributions
Museum is in 2 buildings. Both are worth visiting. Great history lesson. The best thing for me was the art exhibit that was there at the time. Amazing works. Chess set amazing.
Written May 26, 2022
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Angie2012-11
London, UK703 contributions
A very big collection of various types of carragies plus a first car in Portugal. Very interesting to see them, some are very impressive, decorated, like some pieces of art. Worth to see it!
Written April 25, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,455 contributions
One of my favorite museums in the Lisbon area. This large space has an unusual collection of 17th, 18th & 19th Century horse coaches made in Europe, often the property of royalty. Some are quite elaborate.
Written April 19, 2022
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Carol
Cascais, Portugal4 contributions
The museum is in the Belém district of Lisbon. Belém is a small city rich in architecture, monuments and museums primarily because it survived the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755. After the earthquake, Portugal’s royalty moved from Lisbon to Belém, where they felt they’d be safer.
The museum was founded by Queen Amélie of Orléans and Bragança. Queen Amélie, Portugal’s last queen, cared deeply about the Portuguese people. She was also a highly regarded philanthropist. As the age of automobiles was rapidly approaching, the Queen recognized the value in preserving the artistic and opulent royal horse-drawn carriages. She proceeded to gather not only the centuries-old carriages and others used for specific purposes, but also the elaborate harnesses, saddles, uniforms, and instruments that were used for accompanying royal processions, outings, or travel.
The museum was inaugurated in 1905 and was housed in the Royal Riding School. In 2015, most of the collection was moved into a new, modern building which currently displays seventy horse-drawn carriages from Portuguese royalty, spanning from the 16th to the 19th centuries, as well as rotating special exhibits. In a separate building, the original home of the museum, the Royal Riding School houses about ten carriages. Both museums are worth your time. Plan at least 2-3 hours to really appreciate these treasures.
Written April 18, 2022
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Marty Bielicki
Jensen Beach, FL14,133 contributions
By the beginning of the 20th Century, it was obvious that cars were going to replace horse drawn carriages. In 1905 Portugal’s Queen Amelia decided to house her Royal carriages into a museum while collecting others carriages throughout Europe. The museum has expanded into two buildings and has become one of the best collections of historical carriages throughout the world.

We decided to purchase senior tickets for both museums. Our first museum was once an Equestrian Hall. We thought the architecture and ambiance of this building is breathtaking. Something you don’t see in everyday life.

There are only six carriages on one side and on the other side an interesting display of early fire engines. If you are a fireman, you would love this section. Make sure to go up into the balcony where the Royals used to watch the horses.

The newer building built in 2015 is across the street. The foyer to this building is a bit odd to get to as it is under the second story building. Keep looking and you will eventually come to a modern glass enclosure. Make sure you don’t misplace your tickets.

The newer museum holds the bulk of the carriages. Dating back to almost 1600, the museum traces the evolutionary development of carriages, particularly the Royal Carriages. There is both Portuguese and English descriptions.

Carriages were eventually created with plenty of ornate opulence and plated gold. It took dedicated craftsmen to make these carriages, and plenty of wealth to have them too.

If you are lucky, you may even see the “Landau of the Regicide” coach where Carlos 1st and his heir were murdered by assassins. Sometimes this coach is lent out. Get up close to the carriage and you can still see the bullet holes.

At the time of our mid-March viewing, there were but 4 people in the museum, and we were the first two. Nevertheless, we are glad to have seen this rare collection. It is something not to be seen in Henry Ford’s Dearborn Museum.

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Written April 14, 2022
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Gillian S
Alfeizerao, Portugal27 contributions
Tripadvisor needs to update the description. The Coach Museum is no longer located in the stunning baroque building they show but has been moved to an ultra modern 'aircraft hanger' like museum.

But that doesn't detract from the amazing collection of coaches and other associated items they have. Each coach has it's own description written in several language and many have the journeys they took. Which looking at them must have been hellish! These coaches are HUGE. How they managed on the roads in the 16th and 17th C I will never know. I would also love to see how they moved these monsters to the first floor of the new building.

A very interesting place with parking in the vicinity and well worth a couple of hours of your time on a Lisbon visit. As coffin dodgers we paid 4 euros to enter.
Written February 17, 2022
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Tradinomad
Fort Lauderdale, FL76 contributions
Wow! What a collection of carriages! Of the two buildings, only the new one was open. So much interesting history and beautiful designs in a airy and modern setting for such antique pieces. Not busy when we went. Good description per carriage and fun to see how carriages evolved into eventually the car!
Written August 4, 2021
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Darren H
Orlando, FL307 contributions
Situated in a modern white concrete building in Belem, this museum boasts a truly stunning collection of royal coaches dating back to the 16th century. Each coach is a unique piece of art--literally. Each one decorated with gilt-wood sculptures and fine paintings that would be at home in any fine art museum. Themes range from romantic to classical to astrological.

We came expecting to breeze through but ended up spending the better part of three hours with our jaws dragging along the floor admiring the carriages.

After seeing the extravagant royal coaches you can also see some more modern and practical coaches, and even what was supposedly the first horseless carriage in Portugal. Overall you get an appreciation for the evolution of transportation over the centuries.
Written July 24, 2021
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