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Museu da Marinha

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Address: Praca Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 097 7388
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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For Naval lovers

My husband likes everything that's connected to the naval world, so this was his favorite museum. Even though they don't have here too many ancient objects on display, it's was... read more

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband likes everything that's connected to the naval world, so this was his favorite museum. Even though they don't have here too many ancient objects on display, it's was quite interesting. Its location is at Belem district- next to Jeronimos Monastery- make it accessible to visit.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the museum but thought it was a mixed bag. The first section housed interesting paintings and objects with well-written captions for both. The next section, though, could have used the same type of context provided in the first section. Admittedly, the focus was on models, but I wanted to know more about the significance... More 

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Varna, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"Museu de Marinha" must be visited even if your time in Lisbon is limited. It houses great exhibitions portraying the development of Portuguese Navy from the olden days till now. The museum is just to the left of the entrance to the Jeronimos Monastery when you face it, in the same building. It all starts with sculptures of Dom Henrique,... More 

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in marine history, this museum will not disappoint. Portugal ruled the seas for several centuries, and the museum does an excellent job of describing Portugal and its history on the water. Across from the main exhibits is a large hall that houses royal barges and sea planes. Well worth the time to tour these boating exhibits.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn’t plan to spend almost the whole morning here, but the exhibition is large and very interesting showing the Portuguese naval history. You can see the models of many important sailing ships from the 16th century onward, with many interesting artifacts on display. Great museum!

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Kirkkonummi, Finland
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Museu de Marinha is full of scale model ships starting from very old sail ships to current era. Museum is located on wing of Jeronimos's monastery.

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Ellon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

A really nice museum to wander round and soak in Lisbon's history of explorers. The museum adjoins Jeronimos Monastery and would be an ideal place to wander if waiting for the queues to the monastery to go down. Lots of exhibitions to read and wander through and a fabulous collection of boats in the adjacent building to view too.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

The entrance is from the side of the Jeronimos monastery. Be sure to take into account that you will stay here for some hours ;) The whole place is pretty huge and full of interesting stuff. You will have the chance to see the evolution of portuguese naval history from the ancient times all the way into colonial era and... More 

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Bettystown, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting for maritime enthusiasts and those into the explorers. Huge number of boats on display

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Aurora, Illinois
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This museum is quite large, but I found the most interesting parts to be the early naval history when Portugal was master of the seas. Much of the rest of the museum (17th century onwards) is optional.

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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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