The Maritime Museum is located in the western wing of Jerónimos Monastery
The Maritime Museum shows Lisbon's and Portugal's pioneering roles in the exploration of the oceans. It includes model ships from the Age of Discovery, a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India, ancient globes, old maps showing the world as it was then known, and the plane that made the first crossing of the South Atlantic in 1922 piloted by Portuguese aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral.
A statue of Prince Henry the Navigator and a map showing the routes of Portugal's explorers welcome visitors to the museum
Other highlights include 17th-century astrolabes found on shipwrecks off the coast of Brazil and Florida, and the cabins of the royal yacht "Amélia" dating from 1900.
The first room of the museum is dedicated to the Portuguese "Age of Discovery"
The first room is entirely dedicated to the “Portuguese Discoveries,” with displays in Portuguese and English explaining the story of the worldwide expeditions.
A royal barge in the Maritime Museum
A statue of Prince Henry the Navigator welcomes visitors at the entrance, and behind him is a map of the world, showing the routes of the Portuguese explorers.
The plane that made the first crossing of the South Atlantic
How to Get to the Maritime Museum
From the center of Lisbon, take the Cascais train that departs from Cais do Sodré station and stops in Belém in 7 minutes. Tram 18 stops nearby, but it doesn’t operate on Sundays and public holidays. Tram 15 is another option, but it’s usually too crowded to be recommended. The train is the fastest and most comfortable option.
You may ride the train and the trams (as well as the city’s buses, funiculars and metro) for free with the Lisboa Card.
Praça do Império, Belém
Admission and Tickets to the Maritime Museum
Admission to the Maritime Museum is €6.50 for teens and adults, and €3.25 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. There’s a 33% discount with the Lisboa Card.
It opens every day
Next door is the National Archaeology Museum, and next to that is the entrance to the Jerónimos Monastery. Across the road is the Berardo Collection Museum, and on the waterfront (reached via an underpass) is the Discoveries Monument.