History Museums in Lisbon

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History Museums in Lisbon

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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA12,740 contributions
    One of the best museum experiences in Lisbon. Come and see what remains of one of the great religious structures pre-earthquake and come see some special treasures. History and art. And then have a coffee in the square outside.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, UK1,345 contributions
    As part of our hidden gems tour we visited here with its many chapels, which were certainly something to look at. Not exactly subtly adorned with all manor of gold and cherubs they are certainly an acquired taste.

    Worth it for the photos but 10-15 mins is probably enough time.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • gd6noob
    Delta, Canada293 contributions
    My wife took me here because she knows I love ships. I play both older sail battleships and the more modern motor battleships. Tons of historical ships and I spent a lot of time reading everything, the wife on the other hand, haha not so much into ships but she was happy to see me enjoying it here.

    Definitely would recommend here for those who love ships.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,017 contributions
    This museum tells the story of what people who were against the dictatorship had to endure. There is a lot of text to read, but you will get a good impression. They even reconstructed the jails they had to survive in.
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Autumn leaves
    United States812 contributions
    Capture the voice of Portugal in this former home now made into a loving museum. While Amalia Rodrigues sings in the background you get to experience a personal side of this great singer who recreated Fado with her elegant jewelry and dresses. Our guide Isabelle was enthusiastic and a wealth of information. We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the house with her guidance and commentary. We learned so much and found out there is the lovely addition of Fado on Tues and Fri. Earlier in the evening by reservation. We met the famous Chico, her 29 yr old parrot out in the garden. There is a cute cafe with drinks and goodies available as well as beautiful artifacts for sale. We had a wonderful morning and look forward to a return to hear the live Fado.
    Written January 21, 2020
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  • Trekker_Al
    Tadley, UK154 contributions
    The carriages are very interesting and there is a lot of history behind them. Great to fill a couple of hours on a rainy day. Very reasonable price as well. We all really enjoyed this museum.
    Written April 23, 2022
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  • 3waytieforlast
    Portland, OR288 contributions
    fascinating glimpse of a portion of Lisboa over nearly three millennia with recent technological upgrades....
    Written May 23, 2022
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,540 contributions
    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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  • Amy K
    Wicklow, Ireland7 contributions
    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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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA12,740 contributions
    It is worthwhile to come in here and see the vestiges of the Roman Empire. There was a real Roman city here once, quite large, but there is not much that remains, so come here on your tour.
    Written April 1, 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,908 contributions
    This is the Portuguese Military muse me which is guarded by a solider armed with a sword in full military gear. Interesting.
    Written August 30, 2021
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  • Shuki R
    TLV115 contributions
    This small museum is off the pink Belem palace, which is Portugal's presidential residence, and within walking distance of all the major Belem attractions such as Jeronimos monastery. Entrance is very cheap. There's a portrait gallery with short bios of all of Portugal's presidents since the establishment of the republic in 1910, plus short videos for all the presidents since the Carnation revolution (1974). There's an interesting collection of gifts received by Portuguese presidents through the ages from foreign heads of state, some presidential memorabilia, and all the insignia for all of Portugal's orders of chivalry. All in all, worth while for people into that
    Written December 15, 2018
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  • Malgorzata
    11,025 contributions
    Casa dos Bicos is a historic townhouse in Lisbon. It was built in 1523 and has an interesting Renaissance façade with elements showing the influence of the Manueline style. It is one of the few buildings that survived the 1755 earthquake. In 1960 the tenement house was bought by the city of Lisbon, and in 1980 Casa dos Bicos was restored and partially rebuilt. It belongs to the Lisbon Museum and is the current home of the Jose Saramago Foundation. The two upper floors of the facade were rebuilt based on drawings and paintings from before 1755. Casa dos Bicos is a unique building in Lisbon, the facade is decorated with diamond-shaped stones. Don't miss this awesome piece of Lisbon history.
    Written November 28, 2020
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  • Gianni
    Flushing, NY227 contributions
    There were only two rooms with exhibition. However, the artifacts were nice. If you use the Lisboa Card, use it on some other attraction first. Pay for this one when you come. It costs less than $2.00. for admission. You can take the local bus to get here...bus 714, 728,or 732. It stops by the museum.
    Written March 5, 2016
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,540 contributions
    I’m embarrassed to say that I passed by this place several times before I realised it was even there!

    This is really a terrific museum, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to garner a lot of TA reviews. I suspect that may be due to two things:
    1. Its very plain, virtually nondescript, exterior. People simply don’t ‘see’ it.
    2. Its rather cumbersome official name: Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (SGL). (Most visitors typically look for ‘museums’.)

    The interior architecture of this museum is worth a visit just for its own sake. The lounge on the ground floor conjured up images of a British ‘old boys’ club’ - reminded me of the ‘WW1 officers’ lounge’ in Cairo’s Windsor Hotel.

    Exhibits on the upper floors are very well set out, many with information labels in both Portuguese and English. The conference hall on the upper floor is an architectural delight.

    Portugal’s colonial history is so well presented throughout the museum, especially through its treasury of artefacts, maps, globes, etc.

    When I was there, there was only one other visitor, and I’d say that we were very fortunate in having a ‘private tour’ - in English - by the lady who was originally at the ticket booth. A lovely experience!

    Location of this museum - very easy to miss:

    If you can find the Casa de Alentejo - very close to St. Dominic’s Church - then you can find the Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (SGL). It’s about 100 metres northwest (with St. Dominic’s behind you) of Casa de Alentejo, on the same side of the street.

    Hours open (at time of this review):
    11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Closed weekends.
    Written July 29, 2021
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