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Museu de Marinha

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Address: Praca Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 210 977 388
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well...

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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Very interesting place to learn about the big discoveries. Also Portuguese ships throughout history. Vasco da Gamas coffin is in the church close by. The church costs nothing.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting place to learn about the big discoveries. Also Portuguese ships throughout history. Vasco da Gamas coffin is in the church close by. The church costs nothing.

Thank sirpe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like history, I like boats. I got a bunch of both this day. I enjoyed specially the first part, more focused in the discovery era. Its a place of quietness in the touristic part of Lisbon.

Thank Boris E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is an undersold gem . The popular visit in Belem is next door and this gets overlooked a lot quieter and the history of sea exploration over the centuries is very well presented from the time you walk in to the end. It makes you realise the importance of this sea going nation.

Thank Janice W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for free on 1st Sunday, 6 November 2016 (Free admission for most museums on 1st Sunday of each month). Model replicas, exhibits and language translations were most impressive throughout. Easy to reach and scenic waterway route by bus (#728) from central Lisbon. Adjacent to but easily overlooked due to crowds at Monestary. Don't miss this experience.

Thank RC-BestPM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting museum (I like boats), especially the first part which focuses on Portugal's age of discovery. I learned a lot and the exhibits were beautifully presented with signs in Portuguese and English. But then the exhibits become very military oriented and the story telling weakens a lot. In addition, there is nearly no mention of the slave trade,... More 

Thank Ted B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum exceeded our expectations. It is very well done. Rich collection of paintings, ship models and cartographic information. The Royal ships gallery was exceptional!

Thank Vera N
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whilst every other gallery in Belém was crowded due to the National Holiday, this museum was quiet (except for one marauding child who soon disappeared). Obviously it is not top of peoples' places to visit in Lisbon but they do not know what they are missing. Obviously Portugal has had an amazing maritime history starting with Vasco and the museum... More 

Thank Lyn&MarkfromOz
Aix-en-Provence, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Splendid museum showing i a lot of detail the naval history of Portugal and their role in the discovery of the world. Interesting how the Dutch are absent from this... The models of their vessels are brilliant, the explanations very good. One can see and feel how proud the Portugese are of this part of their history, the museum is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

The Lisbon Maritime Museum is huge, spreading out through three wings of the St. Jerome monastery. It displays some 17,000 naval artifacts, including the world's largest collection of astrolabes. The early sections tell the story of Portugal's breakthrough discovery of the trade routes to India and the Far East around Africa, sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator and sailed by... More 

Thank Thomas L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

A wonderful museum celebrating the history of navigation and marine exploration. Great paintings, model ships and history from days gone past. A very unique experience about a nation that discovered much of the "new world".

Thank Zachary S

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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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