Maritime museum

Maritime museum, Belem: Hours, Address, Maritime museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Maritime museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Belém
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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Connector36662128699
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So out of date
May 2021 • Solo
As someone who sails this was an interesting place to visit, the models are amazing, even if only used as training tools.

Apart from that it is an outdated celebration of Portuguese colonialism. To see videos of half dressed Angolans waving happily at Portuguese marines is beyond belief in this day and age, so obviously staged and so obviously propaganda. That there is not even the slightest recognition of Portugal’s role in the Atlantic slave trade from West Africa is equally incredible. Elimina Castle still stands on the Ghanaian coast.

I appreciate that in these covid times things have been difficult for museums, but I was one of three (white) people in the place and I am not surprised. This is an archaic and out of touch institution.

As I left I saw a group of schoolchildren outside of all ethnicities, please do not take them in, it will reinforce too many prejudices and insecurities.
Written 2 June 2021
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Colleen1300
Victoria, Canada68 contributions
Very Interesting
Jan 2020
Not big on museums nor am i a maritime buff, but i have to say this was a really great couple of hours spent.
I learned so much about the history of the Portuguese naval history and did so in an easy to wander setting. English and Portuguese explanations on all the displays.
The slant was definitely from a colonialist point of view but nonetheless less I learned a lot and enjoyed my time there.
We visited in January so there were very few people there!
Written 11 March 2020
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,457 contributions
Great Architectural Building
Nov 2019 • Couples
Due to time constraints we were only able to see the outside beauty of this building which in itself was lovely to see and be in aware of. Well worth a look if in this area
Written 21 December 2019
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q1964
South Bend, IN374 contributions
Really Glad We Visited!
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is a really neat museum and just when we thought we saw it all, we found the best part, the Gago Coutinho exhibit! You have to go outside and walk to another building. Once there you will learn about the life and accomplishments of this amazing man!
Written 20 December 2019
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Zuevy
Moscow1,316 contributions
Good Maritime museum
Nov 2019
This museum is hidden in the West wing of the Jeronimos monastery. It is dedicated to the Maritime discoveries of Portugal, but more to the people who made these discoveries. Everyone knows, for example, Vasco da Gama, but many names before this visit for most, I am sure, were unknown. Although part of the museum is currently being renovated, it leaves an excellent impression.
Written 14 November 2019
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HollyBerryElf
Weilerbach, Germany633 contributions
neat neat place --- love the map in the entry
Oct 2019
DH and I went here with some friends ... popular with tour groups, so it did become a bit squishy toward the end. They were doing some renovation ... so some exhibits were off-limits. I loved all the detail and colors on the world map behind the statue of Henry the Navigator in the entry. Lots of unique exhibits ... check out the globe partway through that shows sky constellations.
Written 11 November 2019
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Meyung R
Hua Hin, Thailand130 contributions
A little disappointing
Oct 2019 • Solo
I was fascinated with what I saw at the museum, however, a big part of it was going through renovation, and either I missed so much of the maritime History of Portugal or this is just an intentional, limited showcase. The tour took no more than 15 minutes. Shame!
Written 26 October 2019
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Maplehawk
Calgary, Canada386 contributions
Well done a very extensive
Oct 2019
A truly exceptional maritime museum that celebrates the Portuguese explorations of the past as well as much more. You could spend an hour here and visit the exhibits on the famous expeditions or spend a day and dig deeper into the whole naval history .
Written 20 October 2019
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Mitchell L
Scottsdale, AZ121 contributions
Good history of Portuguese shipping and exploration
Oct 2019 • Couples
My wife and I visited this museum one day for a couple of hours and enjoyed our visit. The museum gives a good history of Portuguese shipping and exploration. One of the things we enjoyed was several rooms filled with models of historic ships down through Portuguese history. The models are several feet long in many cases and in truly impressive detail. The ships cover the main eras of Portuguese shipping and exploration and go from ancient ships to modern ships. There is also a huge room with a number of actual ships of historic interest.
Written 14 October 2019
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Mike G
Providence, RI4,811 contributions
A long history of sea faring
Sep 2019 • Couples
Next to the monastery but with no line - the museum tells the story of Portugals rise as a maritime power from its voyages to India to its battles to protect its shipping routes. Well curated and interesting. Well worth the 3.5 Euros senior rate.
Written 28 September 2019
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Maritime museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00