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“Nice Museum”
Review of Museu da Eletricidade - CLOSED

Museu da Eletricidade
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Overlooking the Tagus, in the suburb of Belém, the Electricity Museum is a cultural center, a science museum, a Museum of Industrial Archaeology and a space for contemporary art temporary exhibitions.
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Museum”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

This Museum did´nt lost it´s apearance of the old Big Electricity House. Right in front of the river, it´s very well mantained, has good expositions (the one of the best photos of the world) and it´s only 2 € to get in ! The is also a Bar called AMO-TE TEJO, that means I LOVE TAGUS (the river right in front)

Visited May 2014
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Why is this place OFF the beaten track ? It's a must-see !”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

OK, there is plenty to see in Belem, but I found this museum very interesting. To start your visit of all the sights in Belem, I suggest you take tram Nr. 15 from central Lisbon (at Praça do Comercio) and get off at the Belem stop. It's a short walk from the tram stop to the museum. After the museum, you can walk to the other sights in Belem, such as the Padrao dos Descubrimentos, the Tower of Belem and the Monastery.
OK, back to the "Electricity museum". Actually it's much more than an electricity museum, since it's a completely renovated coal-fired power station. You can have a look at the old turbines (and see inside the machines), alternators, rotors, boilers and so on. Everything is very clean and well preserved. It's entertaining both for kids and adults. Most visitors we came across were schoolchildren with their teachers, and also a couple of tourists like us. It's really impressive. Information next to each machine is given both in Portuguese and English. There are videos and interactive activities for kids and adults.
One of the very first power stations in New York, built by Edison, has also been brought there. Its also very well-preserved and impressive to see; it powered about 1000 light bulbs at the time.
For anyone who has an interest in, obviously, electricity, but also the challenges awaiting our planet and all energy issues, it's a must-see. Spent over two hours in there !
Oh yes, entrance is free. You have to get a ticket from a booth at the entrance though, but it's free.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Sawaddeekha
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Celigny, Switzerland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great contextual primer on electricity ”
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

I agree with the positive reviews. My 11 year old son really liked it, and helped him forget about screens for a few hours. Really nice and engaged staff made for some fun learning.

2 Thank Leo M
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Level 6 Contributor
300 reviews
188 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Interesting but not impressed”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

A nice well preserved coal museum, and very educational. It was a nice visit to see how a coal station worked especially for free, but it was targeted towards children and families and educating them on electricity and alternative energy sources.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank FelitaF
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tastefully Preserved Coal Fired Power Station”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

While vising a preserved coal fired power station while on holiday may not be your first choice of activity, this free museum is well worth a visit if you are in the area (its very near several other suburb museums and monuments). Both the inside and outside are well looked after and maintained, with a clean and spacious feel. The permanent part of the exhibition comprises of the complete cola fired plant - boilers, condensers, alternators, control room, etc, plus hands on activities for children. All the signage is in English as well as Portuguese. Warning - don't try and walk there from the city center - its further than it looks - take the tram.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Jim F
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