Museu do Ar

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Museu do Ar
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Air Museum. Our purpose is to tell the story of the Portuguese aviation through its people and collections.
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1-2 hours
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,941 contributions
Oct 2020
The Air Museum is a museum of aeronautical material of the Portuguese Air Force, based at Air Base No. 1 (Sintra), the museum has two visitable poles one at the Aerodromo de Manobra nº 1 (Ovar), and a second at the Military Complex of Alverca (Alverca do Ribatejo). It has been created on February 21, 1968 and opened on Air Force Day (July 1), 1971, the Air Museum is under the responsibility of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and aims at the conservation, safety and exhibition of objects of historical, artistic and documentary value, airplanes and miniatures of the same that it is possible to gather and preserve, as they constitute a valuable contribution to the history of national aviation. You can see all kind of airplanes, helicopters etc. it is very nice to visit, we anyhow enjoyed our visit, and are already thinking to visit the second one very soon.
Written October 30, 2020
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davephelan2005
Cootehill, Ireland68 contributions
Feb 2020
Really enjoyed my visit to this museum. As an aviation geek, ive been to many museums around the world, and this is definitley one of the better ones. The aircraft have some space between them, meaning you can take decent photos
Written March 1, 2020
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Written September 30, 2020
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Stephen H
Buxton149 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
We used public transport to get to the museum. Take the train from Lisbon Rossio station to Portela de Sintra.

On alighting from the train use the underpass to get to the other side of the station. There is a line of several bus stops. With the station behind you, it is the next to the last one on your right. It is a green and white bus, destination Mafra, and appears to run roughly every hour. You can find a timetable on the mafrense website (http://www.mafrense.pt/).

You will know when you get to the museum because there is an aircraft preserved on your right hand side at the end of the road to the base & museum. From the stop it is 5 minutes brisk walk to the museum.

The museum itself has a varied collection of well preserved planes in two halls separated by a cafe area (unmanned when we were there, but with machines to get a drink and snack) and a doorway to the outside area where two of the larger exhibits are displayed.

The halls have plenty of windows so the exhibits are well lit, although the closeness of some, particularly the larger aircraft make photography difficult.

Aim to allow at least an hour for your visit.

Returning to Portela de Sintra it is not obvious what time the bus is at the museum stop, but if you look at the timetable, it will a few minutes after it leaves Facoa.
Written February 24, 2014
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Written September 30, 2020
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ak474me
Rockton, Pa50 contributions
May 2013 • Family
I really enjoyed this museum a great deal. We took the train from Lisbon to sintra and asked at the travel desk at sintra's train station about the museum. The nice young explained how to get there a where it was but was a little off, but we got there. If you are going to sintra and want to see the museum you should get off at the port of sintra train station which is the first station in sintra you come to from Lisbon. You then look for the green and white buses. From there it is about 15 minute bus ride to the air base. The stop is right in front of the long road to the air base and museum. I am a very slow walker so it took me about 15 minutes to walk, but others who do not have a bad can do it faster. The museum is marked on the travel map the tourist office in Sintra gave us, but does not say what museum it is..The museum is really great and has a wonderful collection of planes and goes over some of their use of Portugal's wars in Africa in the 60's and 70's. We had the museum to ourselves and I loved walking around seeing all the planes and exhibits. There was a snack bar but it was not in use, but there was a couple of vending machines. Furthermore, there are even some planes outside which you can go walk around as well. For me I was happy to see the t-6g which is a favorite of mine with its wing mounted guns and the large black greyhound on the side. I also intended to see the other two Portuguese air museums but did not get chance too. I have heard they are nice as well as the one as the tiger striped fiat 91 I really wanted to see. Overall, I feel the museum is a must for any aviation enthusiast. The walk back to the bus stop was felt longer as the I had walked so much, but once there we only waited about 15 minutes before the bus came. the bus must run every 30 minutes or so. I forget the number, but it is green and white and just ask the bus driver. Even though I could not speak any Portuguese I just showed a photo of the air museum and he knew what we wanted.
Written August 12, 2013
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Written September 30, 2020
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SEs
London, UK25,862 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
This aviation museum is a must for any plane enthusiasts. You must come here if you airplanes. Time depends on how much you like airplanes.
Written May 15, 2019
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Written June 10, 2019
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Simão Silva
Oeiras, Portugal212 contributions
May 2015 • Family
This is a place where even the ones who do not fancy planes that much, must go. The collection is quite well organized including the pioneers until the latest planes serving the Portuguese national Air Force. The comprehensive exhibition also focus on the history of the national airline company TAP.
Very detailed information on each aircraft is available. What must be definitely improved is the languages in which that information is available: just very few information is available in English...
Written May 2, 2015
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Written September 30, 2020
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LateRedUK
Faversham, UK158 contributions
Visited 'Museu do Ar', the Portuguese Air Force Museum, today.

First, it now appears to have moved since the earlier review was posted some four years ago.

The address now is:
Granja do Marqués 2715-021 Péro Pinheiro, Tel: 21 9678984 museudoar@emfa.pt and it is thus now between Sintra and Mafra, at what appears to be a small Air Force training base.

A fairly comprehensive collection of Portuguese aircraft through the years, some civilian, most military, including plenty of early military memorabilia and civilian TAP Portuguese Airline memorabilia.

There are basic refreshment facilities, though these were closed on the day of our visit (a Wednesday).

Obviously, if aircraft are your thing, this place will be of interest to you anyway, but it passed away an interesting hour or so for the two of us (who are not aviation enthusiasts) on a rainy day.

We wouldn't have made it here without our rental car and a satnav though!
Written October 17, 2012
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Written September 30, 2020
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katgreen
Madison, WI323 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We have visited many air museums throughout the world and this one ranks in the very top. It is not the largest museum for sure, but it is exceptionally clean, you can get very close to the aircraft to take photos and there are certainly some aircraft we had not seen before. Best was the knowledge of the service member who was at some of the planes. To enter the plane, you needed the service member to let you in. The person that was working the day we went was exceptionally knowledgeable and told lots of interesting facts about the the planes. The whole experience was very relaxed and pleasant. Bonus - only 3 Euro/person

Tip: We took public transport. From Lisbon - take the train to Portela de Sintra. This is the stop before Sintra. When you exit from the train, go right and come up to where the buses are. These buses go to many different places. You will want the Mafrense green and white bus second shelter/stop from the start of the bus shelters/stop. The bus driver sold us a return ticket (total for both ways was 3,80 Euro/person) and you get off at the Facao stop (there is a big plane there) and walk 5-8 min down the road to the museum. The bus driver also gave us a timetable and circled the times when the bus would arrive at Facao for our return trip. For reference, we took the 10:35 am bus to the museum and the 1:16 pm bus at Facao. Probably a bit long for the museum - but the buses don't run super frequently. Bring a lunch/snack - there are tables in a small cafeteria area in the museum.
Written July 5, 2019
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Thank you for your visit, comment and your evaluation. You are helping other people with your comment, and this is very important for us. We are also grateful for the information given to future visitors regarding the conditions of the museum and its transport. In addition to the advantages already mentioned, we also have a wonderful view of Sintra, which is worth it. We have, besides the cafetaria, a vending machine with some food products, for disposition of our visitors. You can share the photos of your "flight" with us by using #MuseudoAr Next events: Evocation of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day - In the month of July Meeting of Classics and Sports Top of the range -August 4 from 09h30 - 12h30. Best regards Cristiana Figueiredo
Written July 8, 2019
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Chris Y
St. Albans, UK228 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
A sunny Tuesday in late October and a chance to visit the Museo D'Air at Sintra Air Force Base No.1.

The sign for the museum and air base led us to the museum a few kilometres to the North East of Sintra old town. You can't miss the entrance road to the base and museum as there is the dramatically posed jet trainer at the end of the road. The actual Museum is behind a new façade and looks very smart. There is an expansive car park, which at the time of our visit contained one car.

Inside, the lone Air Force member of staff was very helpful in explaining where we could visit. There were no more than three other visitors during our 90 minute visit. The entrance fee was ridiculously cheap for the museum 3 Euro for adults and 1 Euro for students.

The museum has several halls including a couple of areas dedicated to the Portuguese national airline TAP.

At weekends and holidays there is a café snack bar with access to a small outside terrace where you can watch the training aircraft go off on their sorties. When the snack bar is closed, there are vending machines for snacks , cold drinks and ice creams. From this point you can also see the handful of external exhibits.

A medium sized museum that has enough items of interest to keep the whole family happy. Highlights included a Beech Kansan, Avro Cadet, Nord Noratlas and a Farman biplane among the 35+ aircraft on display. There were several nose sections (including a 707 and Super Constellation) and instructional pieces.

There is an upstairs area dedicated to the nostalgia of travelling with TAP during the 1960's and 1970's including uniforms, ephemera and equipment.

Near the front entrance is a small shop selling books, magazines, models and clothing. I really could not understand why the museum was not busier.
Written October 28, 2017
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Thank you for your comment and for your visit. Some days we have less visitors but it must have been a pure coincidence, because in 2017 we had more than 50 thousand visitors. Hope to see you again.
Written October 29, 2017
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Lynsey M
Scotland29 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
I recently reviewed Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra and said it was the best 6 euros that you could spend. Well this is the best 3 euros you can spend. And, bearing in mind they are in the same area, if you have a car you could fill your day and do them both for under 10 euros! The only reason I knew about this was from looking on Tripadvisor, if I didn't I would still not even know it existed. We only came across one other tourist on our visit so literally had the place to ourselves. At first look I thought it was only one hanger with multiple different planes in it, which is fine as it was only 3 euros and there was a lot of different planes to see. They had one that had been completely refurbished including the interior to original spec but to get up the stairs to see inside the sign said you had to get a military escort from the entrance (this was the same for the cockpit on another plane) Neither of us had the nerve to actually go and ask which was a pity cause from what you could see on the ground it looked great. From there you could go through to a middle area which was all about TAP and the Portuguese air association this included and upstairs area too. Then from there into another hanger with more planes. And , just when you think its all finished there is a little room with automatic door at the back with old uniforms. My only negative is there wasn't many signs in English including the info on the planes and also the different areas, which could easily be missed as you may think its areas off limits to visitors. But, again, its only 3 euros so can't be too picky! It is obviously a working airbase and you can hear planes flying as you are going round which adds to the great experience. Despite there being no real reason to go again - I'm pretty sure I will (at least once!)
Written December 5, 2015
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Written September 30, 2020
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