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Museu de Marinha

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Address: Praca Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 210 977 388
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well...

The world-famous Maritime Museum in Belem has a children’s section as well as ship models. Portugal was a world leader in maritime exploration (Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, etc.)

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Great naval history or Portugese travellers

I had very little time to explore the museum. The musem is very informative. If you are curious about the history of Portuguese colonialism and navy, you will find it very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ulm, Germany
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Ulm, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had very little time to explore the museum. The musem is very informative. If you are curious about the history of Portuguese colonialism and navy, you will find it very interesting.

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Seattle, WA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been to a few national maritime museums (UK Greenwich, Netherlands Amsterdam, Denmark Helsingor) and there's always a level of national bias, which is to be expected. That said, the others made some apology or explained the colonial exploits in a modern lens. The UK Museum of Naval History has a large exhibit on the slave trade and one on... More 

Thank dekrant
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As pointed out by other reviewers it is not usually busy and you don't have to queue to get in. The museum is quite big and has a fantastic collection of ship models and the plane used for the first crossing of the Atlantic between Portugal and Brazil.

Thank Jorge C
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Marine Museum in Lisbon has the best collection of ship models you will ever see. It is a very good museum (bilingual in Portuguese and English) and illustrates Portugal's maritime history extremely well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice and interesting place. You will rediscover the Vasco D'a Gama voyages around the African continent and many ancient relics. A must in Lisbon if you like history and sailing stories.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing and very special museum. Not só popular among tourists, no queuing and we were delighted because it is unique.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in early March as part of a day on our own in the Belem area of Lisboa. A very good interpretation of Portugal's "age of discovery era". The actual sea routes of the early explorers laid out on a huge map with time frames helped put it all in perspective. Dozens of model ships of the era are... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For ship lovers it is a fantastic place. We spent there 3 hours and they went like a minute. Rooms and rooms of ship models, ship ornaments and historical artifacts. Up to our days. There is a wonderful exhibition of actual restored royal ships too.

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Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great experience to see the history of portugeese navy and their contriution to the world exploration. Muzeum is easy to reach from the center, you can relax in coffee place in the muzeum or in nearby park.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was very pleasantly surprised by this museum - the displays were interesting and informative and I learnt a lot about the maritime history of Portugal. Virtually all of the displays were in English as well as Portuguese. I loved the scale models in the main part of the museum but the highlight was the full-sized boats in the final... More 

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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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