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Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

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Address: Rua da Escola Politecnica 56 58, Lisbon 1250-102, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 392 1800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many...

This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, which lost many specimens to Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s. Great views of Belem.

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We came here on Friday afternoon as we didn't have much money and wanted something do in the afternoon, entrance cost was only €2 the gardens are really well looked after and some... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Tom L
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Switzerland
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The garden as such is ok, but in none of the ponds was water and the butterfly garden was closed. I wouldn't go there again.

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1 Thank Stef S
Hawarden, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

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)... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The space outside and around the museum is dedicated to the botanical garden. The garden has some potential but looks like nothing is being made to keep it at its best. The ornamental lake are left empty of water, the path around the garden is hardly maintained and the collection of trees and plants is limited and not enhanced at... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Reading the info on the board as you enter sounds interesting once they've got your fee you realise it's dry, dusty and mainly poor looking unkempt tress. Upside was quiet place to rest for a while. Overall don't waste your time or money looks like an abandoned piece land going to waste.

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bucharest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

A cheap entrance fee comes with a cheap attraction. It looks like a deserted place. Dirty alleys, full of dead leaves, dead plants, no signs on trees with their names on. The famous cactus collection looks like an alien territory where only the most powerfull resisted. Didn't notice any spectacular tree or flower or even bush that I couldn't notice... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I've read the bad reviews for this place on trip advisor but decided to experience it myself, in case they've done something to improve the place but boy, was I wrong! I see potential but it really wasn't well maintained. The butterfly house was just sad! I don't even know what to say. Don't go... at least not anytime soon.... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

(Botanical gardens only) There are very few labels for the trees so my quest to find out about some of the weirdly wonderful trees in Lisbon was in vain. The 'butterfly house' is a rickety enclosure with dead plants and only two types of butterfly that I could see. I've seen better wildlife and plants in Praca Da Alegria and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We came here on Friday afternoon as we didn't have much money and wanted something do in the afternoon, entrance cost was only €2 the gardens are really well looked after and some spectacular species of plants and trees, the butterfly house was a little but of a let down as there was only 1/2 butterfly's in there.

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Thank Tom L
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of dead leaves, weeds and empty ponds. They need to employ a good gardener. It needs a lot of money spent on it. It's in a great location which isn't been used to its full potential.

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Langley City, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

It was €2 to get in (gardens only) and it wasn't worth it. The gardens are very "rustic" and the plants are not well labeled. Mostly trees and almost no flowers. The pond and streams were all dried up which gave it an abandoned feel to it. I suggest just going to Principe Real it is free and nicer. The... More 

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Principe Real
From the splendid garden and its cafe-kiosk to its restaurants, Príncipe Real is more than worthy of a visit and it won't let you down: its attractions include "Pavilhão Chinês" (one of the more eccentric interior designs you'll ever see), museums and a fantastic botanical garden. It's also a commercial neighborhood, and you can visit a renovated Palace, home of the Embaixada (embassy) trendy shopping center with its cafes, art galleries and luxury shops... and even if you don't buy anything, take a look inside just for its marvellous interiors. On top of this, Príncipe Real offers a variety of places to eat: if you're in a hurry, drop by "Pizza a Pezzi"; and if you're not, taste the delicious Honorato hamburgers, Argentinian cuisine at La Paparrucha and also great, delicious Portuguese food at Tascardoso!
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