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“Old military memorabilia!”

Museu do Combatente
Ranked #133 of 429 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This attraction is right beside the Tower Of Belem in Lisbon and it is a fort built in the 1780's. Contains Combatant´s Museum, with exhibitions from great war to peace operations. You can enter a trench of great war and see 500 planes all made in scale showing the history of aviation of the XXth century, exhibitions from Navy, Air Force, Army and Security Forces.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Old military memorabilia!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This place is located just next to the World heritage site - Torre de Belem (which is a wonderful site to visit!), and occupies a old fort, army compound. Surrounding it there´s a nice garden, lawn with a monument for the brave soldiers of the Portuguese Colonial war.
Despite this beautiful setting and the cheap entrance fee the interior is quite different... Inside old (mainly from the 70´s) restored pieces of tanks, planes and guns are scattered without any apparent order throughout the place. There´s also old barracks, now converted in exposition rooms, with war posters, old maps, uniforms, miniatures and medals. Videos with war images passing in a TV.
The all space despite being in a very beautiful and with a marvelous surrounding with view over the Tagus river, the content and concept is very dated...

Visited September 2012
Thank Pedro M
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A tribute to Portugal's recent memory”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Must see the wall with the names of all the fallen soldiers, during the wars in witch Portugal was involved, and more recently, also in the peacekeeping missions.

Visited June 2011
Thank EgrojSneif
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Another excellent military museum”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Moseu Do Combatenete is situated in the Fort of the Good Success just behind the Belem Tower. That small museum dedicated mostly to the rank and file Portuguese soldier. There are uniforms, armament, rank insignias, and personal belongings of Portuguese Soldiers starting from the colonial wars till nowadays. Some stuff in the exhibition is really unique. Outside the museum building you can see US tank M3 Stuart, 75 mm. French field gun of WW I period and other guns and armament used by the Portuguese Armed Forces. There are also arms and armament produced by different countries which was captured by Portuguese Army during the last colonial wars in Africa. Yes indeed, the Guard mounting ceremony is worth to see just to be familiar with Portuguese military drills and ceremonies. To my mind the Fort and its museum are excellent national memorial and tribute to all Portuguese soldiers and officers. I highly recommend visiting that place and spending there one and half hour. This is the fabulous place to finish the day in Belem.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank Oleg N
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good value and interesting”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

I was not sure what to expect but was given the very low costi thought it was worth seeing. There was a very interesting model airplane exhibit which perked my interests. There was many old military artifacts neatly arranged. It was all in Portugese and English which made it convenient for me an English speaker. It was a bit interesting that they also had a painting and photo exhibit which I thought was out of place but it added some flavor to the visit. At the front of the museum are two guards that do a change on some prearranged schedule. All in all a good visit, not world class but worth the small price.

Thank rgmccollum
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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697 reviews
299 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 549 helpful votes
“Small yet interesting military museum”
Reviewed January 5, 2010

Fort of Good Success or Forte do Bom Sucesso is right beside the Tower Of Belem. There is a military museum inside the fort and worth seeing if you are interested in military or history of the area. Tickets are purchased in a small hut outside the fort itself. In front of the fort is the National Memorial to Oversea Combatents that has an eternal flame. There are soldiers outside marching in front of the memorial which was interesting for the family to see.

The Musuem itself is quite small, with several rooms filled with artifacts from the Portuguese military. What was more interesting was climbing around the walls and looking at the militiary equipment and fortifications on display. There is even a tiny area, almost like a bunker under the wall facing the sea, for the airforce museum.

If you walk through the courtyards to the back, there is another area of the room that had displays of pictures and much to read. There were also 2 large rooms off the main courtyard that contained paintings on display and I believe for sale.

Being a rainy day in December, we had the entire fort to ourselves. To our surprise, a person who I believe was the curator came over to us and offered to show us a closed part of the museum. We then got a tour of the area where the more valuable works of miltiary art are plus the offices where official visitors are received. That was very appreciated.

Thank Ron H
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