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Museu de Marinha

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Address: Praca Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 210 977 388
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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perfect place for the ones keen on marine materials

There are many pieces of marine history of Portugal from ships to anchors. It's interesting to see all these different marine materials. The museum is next to Jerenimos Monastery.

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Bursa, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are many pieces of marine history of Portugal from ships to anchors. It's interesting to see all these different marine materials. The museum is next to Jerenimos Monastery.

Thank Oznurcngz
Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a fantastic place to visit if you want to understand the beginning of humans and sea exploration. The museum starts by describing how in the middle ages, the sea was an unknown and dangerous place. Then it describes initial sea faring routes done mostly by Portuguese, and moves into trade, wars, missionaries, and to the present day with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The maritime history of Portugal is amazing and you have to see this if you want to understand where all the wealth came from. The explanations are all in English and they have an impressive collection of boats (models and life size). I do not understand why they do not show more about their exploration achievements, it is all done... More 

Thank Peter E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came down to go to the bakery and look at the tower. Stopped in as it looked interesting and wasn't disappointed. Great walk-through history of Portugal's seafaring history. Loads of models boats... loads! Good descriptions for most things in English and Portuguese. The big hanger with old boats is a nice change of scene after the models. Thoroughly enjoyed it.... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with low expectations. Really just a time filler as we couldn't queue for Jerónimos Monastery. Museum is a boat / naval history lovers paradise. Heavily based on Portugal's naval history which is to be expected but very much worth the time. Display items are top quality and genuinely wish as a family we had had more time to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is interesting for those interested in Portuguese maritime history. I especially liked royal ships. There is a ship which was used by Queen Elizabeth II. There are a lot of maps of the world

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Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Portuguese were one of the people responsible with the Mongol Empire to start globalization. Discovery of new lands, new products, spices and foods and other peoples technologies. The greatness of Portuguese navigation was responsible for the discovery of the route sailing up the southern African continent a place never before navigated. And they found and mainly colonized Brazil and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My only comment is that with Portugals vast maritime history, I expected the museum to be bigger. This is not a fault just a curiosity. The museum itself was very well presented, good flow through the exhibits and everything was duplicated in English, which was not the case in a museum in Italy. With the Lisboa card you get a... More 

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Sinsheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are into ships this is a must-visit museum for you covering the maritime history of Portugal with great ship models, exhibits and nicely structured information ... from the times of Vasco da Gama or Columbus into the modern navy times. Great exhibits - very well done

Thank Kirkesgaard
Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The museum has a surprisingly large collection. There are a lot of ship models, obviously, but there are also many paintings, equipment and other interesting stuff. I think it's worth a visit and there's definitely more to see there than in other more prominent city's attractions.

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Staying in Belem

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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.