Naval and Maritime Museums: Portugal


Museu de Marinha

Praça do Imperio,
PT-1400 Lisbon.

Telephone: +351 1 612541
Telefax: +351 1

WWW: <>. [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.

There is also a small but remarkable collection of models of royal barges presented to the museum by its great benefactor Henrique Maufroys de Seixas.

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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