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“Hidden Gem in Belem”

Museu Nacional dos Coches
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$15.15*
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Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cascais Line
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Belem
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace, the museum features coaches and carriages dating back to the seventeenth century.
Reviewed January 28, 2014

National Coach Museum is not well-known one in Lisbon but I absolutely recommend to see it. If you go to see Belem Tower, Padrao dos Descobrimentos or Igreja dos Jeronimos, you should add this museum to your list. It is very close both of them. It operates in an old and small building. It is well preserved building. Even you can go for interior ornamentations. A large number of coachs are exhibited in there. Worth a visit. It has also a small museum shop.

Fees: 5€ (2€ for +65 and students)
Closed: Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day
Open: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm (last entry:5:30 pm)
Free Entrance:Sundays
How to Get: Bus: 28, 714, 727, 729, 743, 749, 751
Tram: 15
Train: Cascais Line (Belém Station)
Boat: Belém boat station

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I really enjoy museums like this, and wouldn't have wanted to miss it, but it really should be called the collection of royal ceramonial carriages. They're magnificent, sometimes bizarre, but I'd like the collection to be balanced with more of the royals' everyday transportion, plus some ordinary public and private vehicles.

Definitely a don't miss, though, for anyone interested in this sort of thing, and for anyone who's not seen such over-the-top carriages before.

Thank Jaybelo
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you visit Belem for the more famous attractions (Monument to the Discoveries, Tower of Belem, Jeronimo Monastery) make time to visit this wonderful collection of historic coaches, housed in a beautiful old building. The collection dates back to the early 1600's and features 30+ royal conveyances from the height of power and prestige of the Portugese monarchy, as well as related costumes, harness gear, saddles, etc.

Thank Angus W
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Located near Lisbon's main monuments from the Age of Discoveries, this museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world. Due to its location it is easy to neglect on a tour, but it's well worth a visit, preferably on Sundays when admission is free of charge. Probably it is a unique museum of that kind in the world. Each coach is more magnificent than the other, showing how coach-makers went to extraordinary lengths to make their vehicles stand out. One of the most outstanding has gilded figures on the tailgate showing Lisbon crowned by Fame and Abundance and a dragon trampling the Muslim crescent. Maybe it would be better if the internal lighting was more powerful, because it is somewhat too dark for my taste, but probably that's the way it should be due to sensitivity of its precious exhibits.

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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Located near Lisbon's main monuments from the Age of Discoveries, this museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world. Due to its location it is easy to neglect on a tour, but it's well worth a visit, preferably on Sundays when admission is free of charge. Probably it is a unique museum of that kind in the world. Each coach is more magnificent than the other, showing how coach-makers went to extraordinary lengths to make their vehicles stand out. One of the most outstanding has gilded figures on the tailgate showing Lisbon crowned by Fame and Abundance and a dragon trampling the Muslim crescent. Maybe it would be better if the internal lighting was more powerful, because it is somewhat too dark for my taste, but probably that's the way it should be due to sensitivity of its precious exhibits.

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