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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

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Address: Rua da Escola Politecnica 56 58, Lisbon 1250-102, Portugal
Phone Number: 213921800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many...

This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many specimens to Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s. Great views of Belem.

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A lot of dust

It is a nice historical building. The physics and maths part are very nice. I couldn't stay for so long because of the dust. The botanical garden was dry but still nice to see... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheila Maki M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of dead leaves, weeds and empty ponds. They need to employ a good gardener. It needs a lot of money spent on it. It's in a great location which isn't been used to its full potential.

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Thank Susan S
Langley City, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was €2 to get in (gardens only) and it wasn't worth it. The gardens are very "rustic" and the plants are not well labeled. Mostly trees and almost no flowers. The pond and streams were all dried up which gave it an abandoned feel to it. I suggest just going to Principe Real it is free and nicer. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice historical building. The physics and maths part are very nice. I couldn't stay for so long because of the dust. The botanical garden was dry but still nice to see. There a place for butterflies in the middle of the Botanical Garden.

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Thank Sheila Maki M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

It only costs 2 euro to enter, but it is much better to visit a park for free, as this garden is not very well maintained and does not have much on display. It is sad, no water in the ponds, lots of half dead or fully dead shrubs, vandalized sculptures and the saddest bunch of butterflies in the butterfly... More 

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Thank Lene R
Northants
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Only viewed the gardens but so relaxing away from the busy centre it was great to see a different side to Lisbon Highly recommend if you have time

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Thank David B
Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Sorry to say the museum and garden were a disappointing visit. The museum's displays looked like a school project and not on a professional level, with the exception of the chemistry exhibit. The garden should be the pride of Lisbon but public parks are better maintained than this garden.

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Thank SusanJAshbrook
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The garden is structured with rambling trails, providing an an almost jungle-like quality. There are massive Ficus trees, numerous shrubs, other trees, with unfortunately minimal labels and discussions. We did not go to the museum, only the garden, Price (for seniors) was a low 1E each.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The Natural History Museum had some nice but small exhibits. The best part by far for us was the perfectly preserved chemistry laboratory and lecture hall which you get full access to - really neat to see. The botanical gardens make for a nice walk. The butterfly garden only had two species of butterflies that we could see. Overall not... More 

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Only visited the garden and not the museum. Entrance was 2€. The garden is quite wild, felt like not much attention is given it in terms of maintenance. A lot of it is a bit overgrown and signs and information is a bit worn out. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant walk through the park with some impressive trees. They also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Great interactive displays on basic science. Display on shapes and their mathematical formulas especially interesting. The room on games and symposium papers in the book shop was unexpected. History of the universe seemed good but only in Portuguese. Evolution of birds from dinosaurs great!

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