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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Klaus Bellinghausen (2 years ago)
interesting and educational walk through, the maritime history from the strong portugiese seaman point if view. liked it a lot.
Robert J Flann (2 years ago)
Big, comprehensive with exploration, fishing and naval exhibits even early flying boats all explained in English.Definitely worth a visit, riverside setting with other interesting places to see.
Hans Buijs (2 years ago)
Nice museum with a lot of boats and models. Also the rowing boats were very impressive.
tom hooper (2 years ago)
Really interesting collection from guns to tanks to armored vehicles. Definitely worth the visit and the coffee shop next door was brilliant.
Jessica August (2 years ago)
This is a MUST SEE when visiting Lisbon / Belém! We were very impressed with the museum, model ships & royal barges. The history was thorough and you really get a grasp of how the Portuguese pioneered the discovery of new lands and invented navigation hundreds and hundreds of years ago!
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