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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  • I decided to visit the Carriage Museum again. I'm so glad I did because it's a great collection of carriages. The new place will take away some magic, but the exposure has increased significantly...  more »
  • An astonishing and extremely well preserved array of carriages, coaches and early motorised cars covering famous royals (including the coach where the last king of portugal's father and bother were...  more »
  • A total experience that is fun, architectural and entertaining. The image that is up here is from the old museum; this has now moved in a cutting edge architectural work next to Belem train station  more »
  • 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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