Museu de Marinha, Lisbon

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Narrating the rich history of Portugal's maritime achievements, Museu de Marinha boasts a collection of more than 17,000 nautical items. Housed inside the west wing of a Neo-Manueline monastery, the museum's exhibits evoke the country's domination of the seas during the so-called Age of Discoveries. Highlights include seaplanes, firefighting machines, reconstructions of royal barges, and 17th century globes depicting the world before the European discovery of Australia. Pay special attention to the museum's oldest exhibit: a wooden figure of Archangel Raphael that accompanied explorer Vasco da Gama on his famed voyage to India. Check the website for tickets, special events, and guided tours. Add Museu de Marinha to your Lisbon travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lisbon day trip planning site .
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  • In the building that houses the monastery of Jeronimos, on the left side access to the Maritime Museum. The Portugal is a country of the sea. Its Navy has dominated the world and deserved more than this museum. Of beautiful models, sometimes huge, beautiful naval paintings, leaders, movies, uniforms, weapons, and a section devoted to the Merchant Marine. Belem tourists mistakenly forget this rich Museum with beautiful Royal galleys. Cafeteria output with good cinnamon (choose cinnamon like dusting).
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  • I have to admit I expected much more. When I was there, only one paydesk was working, which is not good becouse heat and the big line that was created at the entrance. The museum is nicely decorated, ...  more »
  • A well organised museum with all the detailed naval history & details of the Portugese fleet and the Viking exhibition was rather interesting as well. The children did enjoy it tremendously as it was ...  more »
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  • Visited the Maritime Museum and it had an excellent permanent exposition on the Portuguese era of exploration. The Museum in partnership with the National Museum of Denmark was also hosting a temporary exposition on the Vikings which was amazing.
  • Not an impressive museum. There isn't much written information once you get past the 18th century and the perspective on especially the first hundred years of Portuguese exploration is unvaried (unnaturally positive towards all Portuguese aspects). The museum contains a lot of models of former Portuguese ships, which is great and all, but some more general information would be cool. Not very recommendable unless your really into maritime.
  • A really nice museum that will introduce you to a number of aspects of Portugal maritime history. It is well structured, with less focus on text as you progress throughout the museum. The historical part is complemented with more modern aspects as well as with a large hangar with a number of boats and a few seaplanes.
  • Such a great Museum. Free entry on Sunday. Has a chronological development of the incredible Portuguese Navy from the invention of the Caravel to the modern Navy. The Viking exhibition that was on (which wasn't free) was excellent and well worth the €6. Informative and interesting, a must visit in Belém and a great walk across the waterfront from the city centre (if long walks are your interest).
  • Very complete museum with a lot of content (paintings, maps, objects, real boats & planes...) from historic periods to contemporary times. Enjoyed it very much.

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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