On May 23, 1905 the “Royal Coach Museum” was opened in Lisbon by Queen Amelia of Orleans and Bragança, Princess of France, who married King Carlos I of Portugal.
The world’s first coach museum set in the former Royal Riding School, the National Coach Museum is specifically adapted to hold a unique collection of coaches, berliners, carriages, litters and sedan chairs, all splendidly decorated, from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
On May 23, 2015 the National Coach Museum’s collection moved to a brand new building by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize, a new reason to visit this extraordinary collection.
The coaches were transferred from the baroque setting of the old riding arena – the former museum - to a clean and neutral space, with the aim of bringing the vehicles to the fore, allowing them to stand out against a white backdrop. The new museum opened doors 110 years after the birth in the Royal Palace’s riding arena.
Now, it is possible for the public to explore the singular and valuable collection of coaches dating from the 16th century to the early 20th century. It shows an evolution that is not only stylistic but also technical, right up to the auto-mobile.
The new museum includes an area for the conservation and restoration of vehicles which contributes to the development of technical treatments, preventive conservation and the restoration of this kind of heritage.
New spaces have been planned to welcome and help visitors, includeing a cafeteria, a restaurant and a museum shop, along with the expansion of designated areas for the Education Service and the Library and the Archives. The new auditorium is a valuable new space to cultural activities related to the work of the museum.
In the old Coach Museum - the most visited in Portugal - a reduced number of vehicles remain on display and new temporary exhibitions are planned.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am. To 6 pm. (tickets sold up to 5.30 pm)
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December
The Roman Museum in Lisbon is on the hill of San Jorge Castle. The facade is seventeenth century but the exact date of its construction is unknown, it was also amended during the twentieth century by the addition of another floor. It can be visited Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00. Admission is free. The collection itself is not of great importance, but it has a terrace from which there are beautiful views.
It is a modern, very spacious rooms, ready to host art exhibitions, concerts, with a good store of memories and a pavilion for the Berardo Collection Museum, where we saw some excellent exhibitions of contemporary art with sculptures, videos, photographs and paintings . In chapter video projection, we saw one that began with the projection on the floor of the room of the silhouette of a mouse running around her and, one after another, you were incorporating many similar shapes to form a real tangle of mice running around the room. In another room we could see projected on three walls and various photographs of the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic in the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, held in Paris in 1937. A truly endearing memories of Spanish artistic production during the civil war.
The MUDE (or Museum of Design and Fashion) was originally in Belem, but was closed in 2006 and since 2009 is in the heart of Lisbon, in a building whose interior looks like it's under construction but that is done on purpose. Access is free and it's open every day except Monday from 10 am - 8 pm (10 pm Fridays and Saturdays). It houses an extraordinary collection of 1,000 objects that are renowned for their creative design, such as Phillipe Starck, and over 1,200 pieces by famous fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent.
The leading public museum in the country with a beautiful garden and a collection of 44,000 pieces. Next to the applied arts, painting highlights include works by Piero della Francesca, Cranach, Dürer and Bosch. It also has great examples of the Portuguese school and some samples of Portugal's impressive reach, from Brazil to Macao, such as the Japanese screens that represent the Portuguese caravels. Nearby is the exclusive York House Hotel, a haven of peace.
In the most authentic part of Lisbon, next to Santa Luzia viewpoint, is this palace that houses furniture from the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries and period rooms. Together with a beautiful eighteenth century rosewood carved backgammon table, rich Arraiolos carpets and dingy bedrooms. Elsewhere in the building there are craft workshops, which make replicas of antique furniture, lamps and bindings.
In a building adjacent to Jeronimos Monastery, is the Marine Museum which has models of ships that made history, as well as costumes, maps, navigational instruments. There's also a section dedicated to the Pirates of Senegal, which involved the armed forces of Portugal. No pictures of the interior, since theoretically it isn't allowed.
The museum is a cultural center that you can visit plus it has many events. It's in the old Central Valley, in Belém neighborhood, close to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, the Coach Museum, the Tower of Belém and the Monument to the Discoveries. The architecture is striking with monumental and brick facades. But on entering it is perhaps even more surprising, as it's a machinery site of the old power plant that lit Lisbon. The tours are very educational, showing the history, operation and creation of electricity. In addition, at the end of the tour there is a play area. There's also a spectacular view of the river. A highly recommended and surprising visit.
Nestled within the Fort of Good Success (Fuerte del Buen Suceso) is the Fighter Museum. The League of Combatants of Portugal is based here, as well as in many parts of Portugal. This museum has different batteries used for attacks, as well as rooms with exposed military equipment that has been used.