Telephone: +351 1 612541
Telefax: +351 1
WWW: < http://www.museumarinha.pt>. [In Portuguese or English. A text file is also available in French and German]Opening hours: Winter, Tuesday - Sunday 10:00-17:00; Summer, 10:00-18:00; Closed Mondays and National Holidays.
The museum, which was founded in 1863, is today housed in the old Jeronimos Monastery, Belem, on the banks of the Tagus. An unfortunate fire in 1916 destroyed the old Escola Naval and with that also almost the entire collection of ship models dating from the beginning of the 19th century.
A number of traditional Portuguese boats are exhibited in the passage way between the museum proper and the barge hall.
The Royal barges are located in a large building adjacent to the former monastery buildings together with other preserved small craft and a couple of early sea-planes. The seven Royal barges are more or less exquisitely decorated and all in a wonderful state of preservation.
In April 1998 the newly restored 50-gun frigate D. Fernando II e Glória (1843) was added to the museum.
Updated 1998-10-20 by Lars Bruzelius
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Copyright © 1996 Lars Bruzelius.