Museu de História Natural
Museu de História Natural
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Sintra's Natural History Museum is located in the historic centre of Sintra's Old Town, in a 19th century building (1893, more specifically). It houses an ongoing public exhibition which emerged from the collection belonging to Miguel Barbosa and his wife, , who, for over 50 years built a unique collection comprising thousands of fossils of incalculable cultural and scientific value.
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  • Julie C
    Sintra, Portugal9 contributions
    Nice and small museum with great specimens. Great for kids.
    It doesn't look like much from the outside, and we had actually passed it several times before realizing what it was! It is free to enter, and depending on your interest level, could take as little as 1/2 hour to over 1 hour. We had our 5 year old daughter and spent right around 1 hour, and that was a good amount of time. For such a small museum, they have really great specimens! Some of the signs were in English and Portuguese, and other were just in Portuguese. Very interesting place and we recommend it.
    Written May 22, 2022
  • ispac
    Barcelona, Spain18,616 contributions
    FÓSILES ENTRE LA CULTURA Y LA CIENCIA.
    El Museo de Historia Natural de Sintra se halla en la Rua do Paço, muy cerca del Palacio Nacional, en un antiguo edificio del siglo XIX una vez restaurado. Dispone de una importante colección, cedida por el matrimonio Miguel y Fernanda Barbosa, en la que se encuentra una inmensa cantidad de fósiles de un gran valor cultural y científico que atesoraron durante más de 50 años. Están expuestos de una forma atractiva y dinámica. Si dispones de un rato paseando por la zona, vale la pena hacer ésta visita.
    Written April 16, 2020
  • Comer, Beber e Lazer
    Lisbon, Portugal56 contributions
    Compactado, mas completo e muito bom
    Parece um pouco esquecido e perdido numa rua secundária do centro histórico de Sintra, mas é puro engano. O Museu De História Natural de Sintra, apesar de um pouco compactado, oferece uma experiência enriquecedora e muito satisfatória para aquilo a que se propõe. O piso térreo um pouco despido e com pouca luz e o piso inferior que é um autêntica maravilha. Tudo parece funcionar. Tudo no sitio. Para miudos e graudos. Principlamente nos dias ou horários mais calmos, inexistência de acompanhamento pode diminuir o valor da visita, mas vale completamente o tempo e a ida. Parabéns!
    Written August 12, 2021
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Jenn
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Sep 2019 • Friends
A fantastic little museum in the centre of Sintra. We ducked into the museum for the promise of fossils (and to get away from the masses of tourists) and were pleasantly surprised!! A lovely employee went around with us and gave a private tour, going into the history of the specimens, museum, and the founder.

This places definitely needs more love from tourists. Interesting for kids, great for adults!!
Written September 17, 2019
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steveD4862CA
London, UK106 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed an hour in hereand found it quite interesting. It i basically the collection/work of one man.
Written December 17, 2018
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vonnie3314
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada82 contributions
Mar 2017
I really enjoyed this museum but had 2 complaints.A majority of the
exhibits had only Portuguese so I lost some of the display information and secondly, I felt as though there wasn't a good flow from one room to another. I spent about 4 hours going through the displays (2 floors) and many times I had to double back because I missed a room. That being said, I had to be asked to leave because it was closing, so it was very interesting.
Written March 14, 2017
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Noweia
Glasgow, UK73 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
This was the private collection of Miguel Barbosa before being donated to the public. As such, it doesn't have the huge range and variety of a major museum, but it has enough!

The entry level has a Triceratops skull near the door, and a reconstruction of a flying reptile skeleton suspended from the ceiling. The basement level has loads of specimens - trilobites, bivalves, meteorite fragments, several large dinosaur skulls, lifesize models of both Deinonychus and Velociraptor, and more.

Entry fee was one Euro per person (over 12).
Written September 25, 2016
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Gillian M
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Aug 2016 • Couples
I had read that the museum was free, the staff were uninterested when we arrived until we walked through to the main room at which point we were rudely addressed. Apparently it now costs 1 Euro. Hardly a big price and we were happy to pay it. But even then the staff couldn't be bothered. In the first room the film was badly, headache inducingly out of focus. The rest of the exhibits were uninspired and the interactive screens refused to work for me. If it's raining then it's a cheap place to shelter from the rain but that's about all that is going for it.
Written August 21, 2016
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