National Museum of Natural History and Science

National Museum of Natural History and Science

National Museum of Natural History and Science
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MorisJay
Copenhagen, Denmark48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I've been to other Natural History Museums around Europe, and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The exhibitions are of excellent quality with a lot of scientific information through different mediums. This NHM brings you back to 19th century academia with it's original labs and auditorium. Each room is carefully adapted for each exhibition. There is also an old school physics experimental lab upstairs, with activities for children and adults alike.
Written 9 February 2020
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Harold E
Buffalo, NY22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
To be fair, I only saw a limited number of exhibits.

However, what I did see was a huge disappointment for me as a tourist.

1. Many of the exhibits only had information in Portuguese not English. Of course, this is not a criticism of the museum in terms of the quality of the exhibits, but it does limited limit its appeal to tourists who do not speak Portuguese.

2. The “botanical Garden“ was merely a big grass lawn. No flowers, trees, nothing.

3. The paintings in the dinosaur exhibit did not always show the dinosaurs whose fossils were displayed and described. I find this especially strange. It’s a great idea to have paintings showing the environment of the dinosaurs, but I do not understand why they wouldn’t include all the dinosaurs displayed.
Written 30 June 2023
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Katie S
Gloucestershire, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We are really hard to please and this was without question one of the highlights of our 3 day trip to Lisbon. We're in our 30s and love gardens/culture/design and these did not disappoint. Costs 2 Euro each to get in (bargain) and we were probably there for 3 hours. Amazing tropical plants from Portugal's ex colonies (and examples of tropical botany that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world) and lots of beautiful old (and crumbling) Portugese buildings and exquisite ceramic tiles. It all has a really inspiring colonial feel to it. We felt totally transported to a different age. If you like gardens, plants and history don't miss this.
Written 20 August 2014
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Daniel B
Hawarden, UK46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
So we visited the gardens in September and decided to ignore the graffiti in the toilets at the entrance that said that these were the sorriest gardens ever and to save you money for and get yourself a pie! Ignored this and paid the €2 entry fee. Hmm it's not the best botanical gardens (and I've visited some great ones) there's nothing but trees that don't look to be soon so we'll, messy paths that need a good sweep and a steep slope to the bottom. Thankfully not too expensive a mistake - hope they can put our €4 to use in tidying the place up a little.
Written 28 September 2016
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AngelaCB935
Elgin, UK57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
This garden must have been good many years ago.Unfortunately it is sadly unloved and unlooked after.No water in the ponds and huge trees and flower beds untended.Of course if no-one visits there will be no income.There are homeless people camping at one gateway. There is a good little cafe across the road to get over the uphill climb and disappointment of the garden.
Written 11 April 2015
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Cosmos_Estrela
Boston, MA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
Lisbon’s Jardim Botânico is a small oasis and especially on warm days offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the heat and to enjoy the shade of this beautiful park. It is located in the Principe Real area so it is within walking distance from the main tourist attractions. I can definitely advise anyone that visits Lisbon to go here, because it is unlike any botanical garden I have ever seen.
Written 21 June 2012
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leptoglossus
Rock Hill, SC55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
It is a shame this fascinating museum is not better known. Located next door to the Jardim Botânico in Princípe Real, it was completely ignored, or mislabeled simply as “Science Museum”, on all but one of our tourist maps and guidebooks. If you visit the botanical gardens, buy a combination ticket which allows access to the Natural History Museum as well – you won’t regret it. The exhibits encompass both the old and the new approaches to museums: there are the traditional displays of pinned and stuffed specimens in wall cases, but also detailed modern exhibits focusing on conservation and cellular evolution. One particularly nice exhibit on threatened predators of the Iberian Peninsula expertly incorporates mounted specimens of wolves, etc. into an educational experience about ecology, species interaction, habitat loss, and the disastrous effects of interaction with humans. Another excellent (but I fear temporary) exhibit includes several rooms devoted to the Portuguese naturalist, Francisco Arruda Furtado, including his correspondence with Darwin, his exquisite natural history drawings, and many of his specimen preparations of mollusks and other invertebrates. Among the more bizarre older exhibits is a room full of donations from the medical school of outdated teaching materials, including memorable (but not suited for children) wax imprints taken from the mouths and genitals of patients with venereal diseases. More child-suitable exhibits are found elsewhere in the museum, with two rooms devoted to hands-on science activities. One wishes the University of Lisbon had more money to devote to this museum, as in places the lighting is poor and some of the displays could use updating. But overall it was a great experience to visit and I recommend it highly.
Written 12 November 2018
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AR
San Francisco, CA227 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
I hate to be so harsh on the poor little Natural History Museum, but there is literally nothing worth viewing here. The rooms are bare and the exhibits are odd. No flow whatsoever. Compared to many of the other museums in Lisbon, this one is not worth a visit. Spend time elsewhere.
Written 24 February 2018
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krcb197
Fareham, UK329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This museum is looking a bit tired and is a long uphill walk from the metro. It has a smattering of exhibits but many were broken or missing. There are lots of empty rooms. The chemistry lab section was interesting but not many of the exhibits had English translations, fortunately, the cell phone service was working so Google Translated.

Don't get fooled, by the false entry on google maps that takes you to a hotel on the backstreets near by
Written 29 October 2017
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Kim H
London, UK310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
The botanical gardens are still closed but we visited the museum. You need to persevere as you think you have visited all the rooms but there are more but you have to go down stairs then back up some more stairs. It really isn't very clear. There are some interesting bits. My favourites were the medical instruments (a bit gory) and the maths and games rooms which had interactive displays.
A lot of the displays only had Portuguese descriptions.
Don't compare this museum to the natural history museum in London or New York as there really is no comparison but for the price €5 you can get a good couple of hours entertainment and I would say worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2017
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