National Coach Museum, Belem

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Featuring a fine collection of historical coaches and carriages, National Coach Museum ranks among the most visited museums of the city. Located in a former horse training and exhibit venue from 1787, the museum holds vehicles as old as four centuries, one of which was used by King Philip II of Portugal. See the extravagant Baroque coach used by King John V in 1715, and browse numerous other models made in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria, and England. You can also view cavalry accessories, ceremonial weapons, costumes, coach engravings, and equestrian game memorabilia. See National Coach Museum and all Belem has to offer by arranging your trip with our Belem trip maker site .
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  • A great way to spend an hour understanding the different coaches (they are spectacular!), how they were used and what the ornamentation represented. We all enjoyed it very much and were astounded by.....  more »
  • First thing is a brief explanation of the confusion that exists in most of the web resources pertaining to the National Coach Museum in Lisbon. Even the most popular websites state that, "The museum.....  more »
  • Living in America we don't see coaches so it was exciting to see them in person. They were very old and very ornate. Many different types were on display.  more »
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  • It is a highly impressive exhibition! It was interesting to view how the transportation has developed from Coaches to cars. Besides there are many fantastic carriages there - real masterpiece. Very unusual and fascinating
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this visit. Initially I thought it would be an hour's visit and off to the next stop. I had to pull myself out after three hours. I got to learn so much about not only the different types of coaches used over time but also the roles they played. Some were used to showcase dominance over territories, others were to show status within society while some were used to forge alliances through marriages acting as gifts in themselves or for 'neutral' spaces for bride exchanges. The second floor is split into two, one side showcases the Kings and Queens of Portugal with miniature versions of the coaches used at the time. The other side has an art exhibition, I highly recommend it.
  • Very interesting. Carriages first focus. Amazing the coaches and they were in great condition. Looked like they could have been driven away. Still, there was more. Had one room with model Citroen's from every year produced.
  • A lot better than we thought it would be. The place was pretty empty when we went and I think the place definitely needs more attention. We saw so many amazing and beautiful carriages of different time. My kids loved it.
  • Way better than I expected. I thought a coach museum would be extremely boring, but the coaches are impressive and the museum is modern and nicely organized. My 6yo son loved it. It's a 2 hour well spent.
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