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"One of the best military museums in the World" Museu do Combatente - Military Museum Tip by Oleg_D.

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Museu Militar or Military Museum in Lisbon is one of the best military museums of the World. Of course it is smaller than the Imperial War Museum in London, UK, Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow or Artillery Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. But smaller doesn’t mean worse because majority of the artifacts in Museo Militar are really unique. The museum building consists of two floors and basement. The basement is the typical XV century structure build as the Arsenal and survived nowadays despite of the earthquake of 1755.

In the basement and yard you will see the Great collection of artillery pieces starting from XV century. Some of them are Portuguese and some produced in other countries including UK, France and even Malaysian Sultanates. Some of those foreign guns were received as the military assistance and some captured as the war trophies.

Exhibitions dedicated to Portuguese colonial campaigns in Africa, Portuguese Royal family, Vasco da Gama, Luis de Comoes, Albuquerque and other outstanding military leaders of Portugal are situated in the very beautiful halls deserving to be the Royal Palace interior. The museum armory is small but posses the absolutely unique and very rare examples of medieval arms and armor starting from XV century.

Special exhibition dedicated to the most famous Portuguese military Commanders the King Dom Joao I and Royal Constable Nun’ Alvaro Pereira and their incredible victory at the battle of Aljubarrota fought on August 14, 1385 is small but the brilliant. Excellent exhibition dedicated to the Peninsular War of 1807-1814 is in the museum and represents to your attention real uniforms and arms of those times. And of course nobody cannot remain indifferent to the exhibition dedicated to the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps and its efforts during WW I. This is the epic story of the over human heroism and self-sacrifice of small Portuguese Force during the Great War. You can see the huge mural paintings painted by Sousa Lopes and dedicated to the common Portuguese soldiers and officers. There are also weapons belonged to the enemies of Portuguese Army. The very important thing is that all exhibitions organized in such way which produces you some notion about the adversaries of Portugal but the same time show the respect to the enemy.

So, I can say that Museo Militar is the real “must see” place, because anybody whatever his interests are can get additional education and knowledge about Portugal and its glorious history. To my mind that museum taught me additional lesson that the Greatness of Country and Nation doesn’t depend on the size of its territory and number of subjects or citizens. I highly recommend to visit that museum.

Address: Largo do Museu da Artilharia, Alfama
Directions: Walk from Baixa or bus 28.
10AM-5PM (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

Phone: +351 21 301 7225

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 23, 2011
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Comments (3)

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2015 at 2:00 AM

    While it may be small it seems to have a wide range of interesting items.

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      Nov 3, 2015 at 7:08 AM

      Yes, it is. The only problem is visitora are not allowed to take pictures. In my case this problem was solved by our colleague solopes, God bless him an Portugal!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Although I have been twice to Lisbon, I must admit that I haven't really heard about this museum.

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      May 6, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      This museum is really excellent. Our colleague solopes wrote alot of tips on that museum.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Unfortunately I did not visit this museum; it was not yet open when I visited Lisbon.


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