The Navy Museum is a maritime museum in Lisbon, dedicated to all aspects of the history of navigation in Portugal. It occupies a part of the neo-Manueline Western wing of the Jerónimos Monastery with the National Museum of Archaeology, as well as a modern annex built to the North of the monastery.

The history of the museum is connected to King Luís I (1838-1889), who had a strong interest in oceanographic studies and an accomplished navigator himself. In 1863, he began collecting items related to the preservation of maritime history of Portugal, a collection that was enlarged in the following decades, culminating in the inauguration of the Maritime Museum in 1963 in its present location.

The exhibits include historical paintings, archaeological items and many scale models of ships used in Portugal since the 15th century, a collection of navigations instruments and maps, royal barges, as well as the Fairey III 'Santa Cruz' that crossed the Atlantic in 1923, and the Portuguese Navy's first aircraft, an FBA Type B flying boat.

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Sarah Zup (7 months ago)
Very beautiful museum with a broad collection. The visit begins with the explanation of the Discoveries around the 15th century, and continue until nowadays with the marine army. I preferred the first room with plenty of historic explanation, reproduction of old boats and some historical pieces, but the rest of the visit is also worth the time. The last "room" is a warehouse with real size boats and planes. 3.5e for students, it takes 1h30~ to visit.
Esteban Tisnes (8 months ago)
Perfect complement to the Belem-discoverers experience. If you are interested in history you should go. Also, not very visited by tourists.
Andrii Semenets (9 months ago)
It was extremely interesting place for me. Huge number of existing scale models of various ships presented. Few models are as large as human. What is even more impressive it is a hall with full-size boats. Extremely recommended to visit!
Anthony Edwards (11 months ago)
Divided into four major sections: ships of the Discoveries Age, warships, commercial ships, and full sized barges. The models are exquisitely detailed and plentiful. Large museum- 1000+ models/boats. I spent most of my time in the Discoveries section, then moved quicker through the other three. What a treasure. My wife waited at the museum cafe (with free wifi), while I spent 80 minutes inside, which worked out well for us both.
Natalie Kim (15 months ago)
It's an impressive museum that documents the history and development of ship construction and naval history - what one would expect from the leader of the age of discovery. This museum is set in a part of an old monastery building, and has an extensive selections of ship models ranging from pre-15 century to modern days. When I was there, they also had a Viking exhibition upstairs which, albeit small in scale, was full of interesting facts and artefacts. And kids (other people's) seem to absolutely love this museum. Highly recommend.
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