Museu do Combatente
Museu do Combatente
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Military MuseumsMonuments & Statues
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
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
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This attraction is right beside the Tower Of Belem in Lisbon and it is a fort built in the 1780's. Contains Combatant´s Museum, with exhibitions from great war to peace operations. You can enter a trench of great war and see 500 planes all made in scale showing the history of aviation of the XXth century, exhibitions from Navy, Air Force, Army and Security Forces.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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Southside Travels
Glasgow, UK1,970 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Noticed this museum while visiting Belem Tower and glad we did.
Loads of exhibits and plenty to see well worth the 4€ admission price.
Only slight criticism is I wish more of the information was also in English.
Written November 2, 2022
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ChrisB11
Ansiao, Portugal234 contributions
Mar 2020
Found this museum by accident when visiting the Toqwer of Belem. Have been unable to find it in any guidebooks. Which is a shame, as it was a brilliant little find, showing Portugal's history of war from WWI to the present day. All done in a very simplified and tasteful fashion, in a marvellous setting. Excellent collection of military vehicles as well.
Written March 15, 2020
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Roger R
Frankfurt, Germany169 contributions
Mar 2020
We visited this museum last week during our Lisbon Holiday. This museum is deffinately worth a vistit . It shows the Portuguese Army during the past decenia.
Written March 17, 2020
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AndyIsobel
Birmingham, UK340 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Situated near the Belém tower, we paid the seniors rate of3euros and was able to move about in comfort..the first part of the museum is of model aircraft that took part in various theatres of combat, each in their own relevant sections, well written up in English.
From there, there is various military hardware to look at, small annexes house exhibits from the different forces and plenty of factual information of the role played by the military in the independence of the former colonies.
Great views over the Tagus and outdoor area softened by well tended plant pots.
Written April 27, 2019
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MadScot666
59 contributions
Feb 2020
Inside a fort next to the Belem Tower and the overseas combat memorial is a small museum to the Portuguese forces. It's interestingly integrated into the fort, a couple of the gun turrets of which are still in place.
Written February 24, 2020
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Peter Croft
11 contributions
Oct 2019
All of Portugal’s military history summed up in one place. From their power over areas of India, Africa and others up to their demise. Huge collection of memorabilia, weapons, artefacts, interesting for all. Great views also. 4 euro entry also contributes to the veterans.
Written October 15, 2019
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Richard B
Manchester, UK11 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The models hands in some of the exhibitions had melted and looked like waffles. Others were wearing eye make up. Memorable but not in a good way.
Written May 27, 2019
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We went to that museum mostly by chance as we saw it from the top of the Tower of Belem and because of my 10 years old son.
It is situated at the riverfront of Tagus River and was used to defend the approach from the ocean to Lisbon at that time. It is dedicated to all people of the Portuguese Armed Forces who lost their lives in the various conflicts Portugal has taken part into, ranging from the World Wars I and II, the colonial wars with Angola and Mozambique till nowadays - wars against terrorism and the modern piracy.
Exhibited there are various light weapons and machine guns, uniforms of the various regiments in the Portuguese Army, a small tank, some armoured vehicles for infantry, ground and naval artillery units and heavy machine guns, etc.
Some of the exhibits are displayed in the open, some in the various rooms of the old fort that houses the museum. There are separate exhibits for the different types of troops - airforce, navy, army, GNR. Quite interesting, and sad, was the model of the trenches during the World Wars which was in a separate hall. Special attention was drawn to the role of the army in removing Antonio de Oliveira Salazar from power in 1974.
It might be not the best military museum you have seen but it is obvious it was arranged by really dedicated people and its cause is commendable.
The tickets cost 4 € per adult and 3 € per kid and are bought from a nearby cafeteria (some guide boards are there).
The only remark is the lack of sufficient information in English. Otherwise the same in Portuguese is abundant.
Recommended!
Written May 17, 2017
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Andy_1956
Lancashire, UK282 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
I visited the Museu Do Combatente purely by accident when I noticed its proximity to the Belem tower, which was my reason for being in that particular neck of the woods.

The museum is managed by the Portuguese equivalent of the British Legion and is housed in an 18th century fort, which at one time was directly attached to the tower and provided protection for old Lisbon from attacks from the river Tagus.

There are some very good exhibits on display although in terms of historical interest probably not as good as those on display at the Museu Militar. However, what this museum provided for me was a history lesson in the conflicts in which Portugal has been involved in, in modern history during and after World War 1, something I knew little about.

This and the adjacent memorial, are a fitting tribute to all those that lost their lives in service of their country.
Written March 21, 2014
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Excellent little fortified museum with a lot of military hardware on display outside. Great monument standing outside as well. Recommended (see photos)
Written August 29, 2021
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