Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum
4.5
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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
The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well as ship models. Portugal was a world leader in maritime exploration (Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, etc.)
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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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  • George C
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom273 contributions
    All things maritime.
    Visited last week and spent a little over two hours here, although it would be possible to spend an entire day if you had real enthusiasm for all the displays. Some of the more negative reviews refer to the lines to get in, but as it is low season we simply paid the entry and walked straight in without any wait. Half price reduced entry for age 65 plus. Husband rated it excellent although even he began to walk past some of the model ships displayed as there were simply too many of them to examine in any detail. Those we did look at were beautifully made with great attention to detail. Displays of all things nautical and the final hall of full size barges, seaplanes and others was also interesting. Everything is nicely displayed, well lit and most descriptions are also in English. You exit into a small cafeteria with snacks, drinks and reasonable prices which can also be accessed by an external entrance, although the museum itself cannot be accessed from the cafeteria. Tram 15 stop to return to the city centre is just across the street and slightly to the right. Next to it on a wall is the street art Big Racoon Trash Animal
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 10, 2020
  • DianeER
    Falls Church, Virginia2,069 contributions
    A must see if you are a boater
    My husband has owned a sailboat for over 40 years, so this was high up on his must-see sights in Lisbon. He really enjoyed the museum & so did I. If you like boating, this is a must see. We loved all the exhibits - especially the barges & the kings bedroom onboard the ships. The museum traces Portugal’s boating history which is extensive. We loved the tiny boat replicas. We loved the marine history. The museum was extremely well done & the exhibits presently well. Kids would probably be bored here. The museum has an excellent well priced lunch but get there early as they were out of many dishes when we went. Probably best to eat here first & than go into the museum. We spent about 2 hours in the museum. If you like my review, I hope you'll click the 'helpful' button; those of us who write reviews live for those and it motivates us to do more.
    Visited October 2019
    Written January 5, 2020
  • danwdoo
    Tbilisi, Georgia32 contributions
    Interesting look at the history of Portugal at sea.
    The Mariner museum had displays that covered the history of Portugal's sea-faring activities. The displays were interesting and in both Portuguese and English. The museum gave a great sense of the age of exploration as it showed the techniques and conditions sailors of the far and near past experienced. The displays were high quality and well worth the two hours we spent wandering the halls.
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 23, 2020
  • MadScot666
    59 contributions
    Nice, varied, museum
    This starts out as your 'standard' maritime museum - ship models, artefacts from ships, and so on. Tells the history of the development of the Portuguese maritime and navy. Interesting temporary exhibit on the migrant refugees in an upper floor room (The Portiuguese are helping man the EU border patrols in the Eastern Med) Highlight was the room with the 'Royal Barge=s'. DO NOT bypass this thinking you don't care about barges. It's a massive room with not just royal barges but a whole range of boats, and a couple of aircraft as well. Nicely laid out room too, with everything well presented and an elevated walkway allowing you to see from above as well as below.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 24, 2020
  • Perry
    3 contributions
    Excellent for being Lisbon, but average for a museum in general
    Finally, an actual museum! From noting that museums in Lisbon usually seem to be more about showing nice objects than presenting historic facts and information related to the objects, this museum was a nice change since we actually learned things from going there. Comparing it to all the other museums we visited, this one deserves five stars. But, in an international context, compared to museums in London, Berlin and Rome, for example, it was just average. But nontheless worth a visit.
    Visited November 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2021
  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain783 contributions
    Worth when you combine it with the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
    The Museu the Marinha is a nice museum, but simple and it doesn't really have a storytelling. If you are going to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, you can pay 12€ (instead of 10€) and have the combined ticket. There were two areas: one related to Portugal and another one to the United Arab Emirates. In any case, they have interesting pieces.
    Visited December 2019
    Written July 13, 2020
  • Thomas S
    28 contributions
    Must-see Maritime Museum
    As somebody who is not usually into war-related museums or boats, it was a very interesting experience. The exhibits were interesting to walk through, and the museum has a lot to offer. My favorite exhibit was seeing the progress of the vessels/war ships of them getting bigger and better over time. They also show the different trade routes that the navigators would use around the world to acquire many spices such as: pepper, ginger, star anise, cardiman seeds, pomegranate seeds, etc. Overall, was a great museum to visit with friends and family and I would definitely go back to revisit it.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2022
  • Jacob Prague Guide
    Prague, Czech Republic28 contributions
    Positive surprise
    Absolute surprise full of very interesting info! We did not plan this at first, but out of all Portuguese museums we visited, this was the best. You get just the right amount of knowledge but in an interesting and captive way. Models, info, venue. Do not miss!
    Visited September 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2020
  • Debbie C
    5 contributions
    Wonderful museum if you like shipping history and Portugal’s Conquest of the Seas
    If you are interested in Portugal’s history of the seas, you will love this museum. It has many miniature ship replicas and stories of Portugal’s conquest of the seas. The museum starts with ships and travelers in the 1400’s and continues through Portugal’s present day Navy. There is great information on the Navigational Tools of the time and Portugal’s Spice Trade. Sadly, I learned that Portugal started the African Slave trade.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Poorpete
    Lisbon, Portugal51 contributions
    Great models and paintings -- and building!
    This maritime museum is not only dedicated to the role the Portuguese played in the discoveries - though that is very well covered. It has rooms on more modern navy, fishing tradition and merchant vessels. It has models of superb quality, impressive paintings and real life barges and hydroplanes. All of this in a section of a beautiful 16th-century monastery. Gardens outside are pleasant. Also, the gift shop is full of interesting curiosities.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 3, 2021
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MadScot666
59 contributions
Feb 2020
This starts out as your 'standard' maritime museum - ship models, artefacts from ships, and so on. Tells the history of the development of the Portuguese maritime and navy.

Interesting temporary exhibit on the migrant refugees in an upper floor room (The Portiuguese are helping man the EU border patrols in the Eastern Med)

Highlight was the room with the 'Royal Barge=s'. DO NOT bypass this thinking you don't care about barges. It's a massive room with not just royal barges but a whole range of boats, and a couple of aircraft as well. Nicely laid out room too, with everything well presented and an elevated walkway allowing you to see from above as well as below.
Written February 24, 2020
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Perry
3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Finally, an actual museum! From noting that museums in Lisbon usually seem to be more about showing nice objects than presenting historic facts and information related to the objects, this museum was a nice change since we actually learned things from going there. Comparing it to all the other museums we visited, this one deserves five stars. But, in an international context, compared to museums in London, Berlin and Rome, for example, it was just average. But nontheless worth a visit.
Written November 28, 2021
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain783 contributions
Dec 2019
The Museu the Marinha is a nice museum, but simple and it doesn't really have a storytelling.
If you are going to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, you can pay 12€ (instead of 10€) and have the combined ticket.
There were two areas: one related to Portugal and another one to the United Arab Emirates.
In any case, they have interesting pieces.
Written July 13, 2020
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Thomas S
Deerfield, Illinois, United States28 contributions
May 2022 • Family
As somebody who is not usually into war-related museums or boats, it was a very interesting experience. The exhibits were interesting to walk through, and the museum has a lot to offer. My favorite exhibit was seeing the progress of the vessels/war ships of them getting bigger and better over time. They also show the different trade routes that the navigators would use around the world to acquire many spices such as: pepper, ginger, star anise, cardiman seeds, pomegranate seeds, etc. Overall, was a great museum to visit with friends and family and I would definitely go back to revisit it.
Written May 29, 2022
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Jacob Prague Guide
Prague, Czech Republic28 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Absolute surprise full of very interesting info! We did not plan this at first, but out of all Portuguese museums we visited, this was the best. You get just the right amount of knowledge but in an interesting and captive way. Models, info, venue. Do not miss!
Written September 7, 2020
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Debbie C
5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
If you are interested in Portugal’s history of the seas, you will love this museum. It has many miniature ship replicas and stories of Portugal’s conquest of the seas. The museum starts with ships and travelers in the 1400’s and continues through Portugal’s present day Navy. There is great information on the Navigational Tools of the time and Portugal’s Spice Trade. Sadly, I learned that Portugal started the African Slave trade.
Written July 30, 2023
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Poorpete
Lisbon, Portugal51 contributions
Sep 2021
This maritime museum is not only dedicated to the role the Portuguese played in the discoveries - though that is very well covered. It has rooms on more modern navy, fishing tradition and merchant vessels. It has models of superb quality, impressive paintings and real life barges and hydroplanes. All of this in a section of a beautiful 16th-century monastery. Gardens outside are pleasant. Also, the gift shop is full of interesting curiosities.
Written September 3, 2021
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,315 contributions
Mar 2022
Next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, this museum gives you a glimpse into the history of Portuguese seafaring. The first part has a fairly modern exposition. The other rooms are mainly scale models and the largest room is filled with large-scale ships.
There are lockers available.
Written April 17, 2022
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14jkc
Pittsburgh, PA329 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This was a nice museum but not quite what we were expecting. Our tour guide informed us that this is where they bring children in elementary school on field trips. One thing lacking here as well as in many places around the city was the maritime history related to the slave trade. It was a huge part of Portugal's history and seems to be whitewashed out.
Written August 13, 2023
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D D
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
Aug 2022
One of the best attractions for us in Lisbon. Fascinating information in the navigation history of Portugal. The building is large and very well presented (although not all exhibits have an English translation). It was easy to access (no long queues) and has items to cover many different interest - ships, aircrafts, history, weapons.
The cafe food was also excellent, some of the best in the area.
Highly recommend a visit.
Written September 17, 2022
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