History Museums in Lisbon

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History Museums in Lisbon

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  • slinkype
    Andover, UK244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful chapel. Nice area with plenty of shops and restaurants. Not very impressive from the outside but much nicer inside.
    Accompanying museum OK, quite small, some religious imagery
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • cheekytiki
    Detroit, MI119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting while in Lisbon. The ruins were beautiful to walk through and the museum was worth seeing. Worth a quick stop if it fits into your itinerary.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Compass03236851287
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great selection of beautiful coaches. Plenty of toilets and wasn’t busy at all! One thing to note is that bigger backpacks have to be checked into the cloak room before visiting.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I enjoyed the Maritime Museum more than I expected to. It provides an excellent overview of Portugal's amazing maritime conquests over the centuries. The Royal barges are impressive, but what I was most intrigued by was the Santa Cruz seaplane that was the first to cross the South Atlantic by air!
    Written June 10, 2024
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  • KennethEast
    Chicago, IL180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Before our visit here, we were only vaguely aware of the rise and fall of the Salazar era. This extremely well-curated museum lets you learn as much as you can absorb. Good videos and displays. We spent an hour or more and came away with a chilling, but sufficient introduction to the era. But you could spend hours more. We were especially appreciative of this visit on our last day in Portugal, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. We had much greater respect for what the country was celebrating.
    Written May 28, 2024
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  • Sophia W
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! See the layers of history under Lisbon and the artifacts pulled from the rock. Sewers, bodies, ceramics, wells, and more are what you'll find on this informative guided tour. YOU HAVE TO BOOK AHEAD, BUT IT'S FREE!
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • BrummieWelsh
    Birmingham, UK283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited as it was included in the Lisboa Card. Audio guide that takes you through the history of Lisbon in a fairly basic way.

    You simply walk around the various exhibits while listening to the story.

    There is a specific section on the earthquake that is not on the audio guide and you sit and watch

    It was Ok as we were first time visitors and it was part of our pass but not sure we would have paid €7 each otherwise
    Written March 27, 2024
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  • FEP1yahoo
    London, UK228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1. The guided tour (no self exploring) was reasonably informative. The lady was nice and accommodating.

    2. Perhaps the management could consider putting up a display of all her recordings, with pictures or real pieces of record sleeves. At the least, a chart or list of it should be available.
    Written May 28, 2024
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  • Leslie
    Paris, France3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Case up display case filled with baubles. Lots of information in Portuguese n English. Difficult to understand the context of the lives of the possessors of the treasures.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,529 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is located in a historic barracks in the Chiado district and next door to the Convento do Carmo.

    The Museum is dedicated to the history of the GNR and contains both a library and archive..

    Members of the GNR are military personnel and have served overseas in peacekeeping roles.

    The building had been well maintained and painted in cream with heritage green doors.
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very good museum providing a comprehensive coverage of pharmaceuticals over a 5,000 year period. Very pleasant staff, especially the young lady at the ticket counter.

    The exhibits themselves are well laid out and, for the most part, have labels in both Portuguese and English. Very similar to its sister museum in Porto.

    Has a very fine tribute to Dr. Odette Ferreira and an acknowledgment of her research that ultimately led to the identification of HIV-2.

    The one criticism I have is that ‘expanded information’ seems to be available only in Portuguese or through the ubiquitous QR codes. Not all of us are addicted to the world of apps, so we lose out on the QR information.

    Other than that, this museum is well worth a visit!
    Written July 17, 2021
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  • Sarah Frances P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As Americans who had been near the end of our trip and were tired of the art museums... this was one of the most educational and entertaining parts of our time in Lisbon. Our guide was extremely enthused that we were from the United States, and we got a free tour of the museum, that while is in need of a facelift and better signage, was a hidden gem. The artifacts from Africa, Brazil, China, and India are extremely interesting, and our conversation with the tour guide was a certain highlight. If you have fidgety kids this may not be for you, but if you want an interesting experience and to learn about Portugal's history of conquest, this is the place to be. Could not recommend enough, make sure to write in the book after you're done!
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • Becky H
    Hastings, UK318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of the museum is the remains of the Roman Theatre which is just outside the main museum and free to visit from the street. However, the museum itself is worth a visit as it showcases items found as part of excavations and details the history of Lisbon's Roman past. The museum is very reasonably priced and takes between 1 and 2 hours to visit.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • Amy K
    Wicklow, Ireland10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small exhibits with some interesting pieces.
    Staff were unfriendly however and made the trip a bit uncomfortable. Asking them a question was met with an abrupt response as they went back to chatting with their colleagues
    Written August 5, 2021
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  • IAN D
    Wigan, UK25,699 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First it is really cheap to visit this museum about the history of Portugal s presidents. Lots of paintings and gifts to the state on display. Regretfully you cannot visit either the gardens or the palace.
    Written June 29, 2023
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