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Museu do Combatente

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Address: Doca do Bom Sucesso | Forte do Bom Sucesso, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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+351 21 301 7225
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This attraction is right beside the Tower Of Belem in Lisbon and it a fort...

This attraction is right beside the Tower Of Belem in Lisbon and it a fort built in the 1700's. Contains the Museum of the Combatentes.

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Excellent military museum

Overlooking the mouth of the Tagus this fascinating Museum is worth a visit. A overview of Portugal's military history over the centuries,makes one realise what a small country is... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Jake043
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Rijeka, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 639 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our excellent local guide suggested that we should visit the museum and she was right! Located in the old fortress built in the 18th century to defend the port and the city, the exhibition shows Portuguese military involvement during the last century. It is very informative, perfectly maintained and gives a great historic insight. Highly recommendable, it is not far... More 

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Thank Borzov
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This place charge 4 Euros. I haven't been to military museums (not even sure whether there will ever be a real one just because of the cost). This is a very small display. You would have almost certainly seen a great deal more if you have access to news channels in the past decade. They have tried to give a... More 

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Thank Ponniah K
Museu-Combatente, Gerente de relações públicas at Museu do Combatente, responded to this review

We are not a military museum we are a private museum and a place of art culture and teaching pleople and students our history.... so you have seen is part of our history during decades More 

Brighton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

An average military museum, although a tragic story behind the setting up of the old soldiers foundation behind it. Amazing collection of aeroplane kits. I learnt a bit about the civil wars in Africa and a lot about Portugal 's involvement in WW1.

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Museu-Combatente, Gerente de relações públicas at Museu do Combatente, responded to this review

thank you for your avaliation More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a morning at the museum which was surprisingly empty. There is a lot to see regarding the Portuguese at various wars and a lot of it was in English. There is a lot to see outside so we were lucky to have a sunny day. The entrance fee gives access to the exhibitions and chapel. The memorial garden... More 

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Thank Kirstievyv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Not far from the Belem tower, in a sunny day, with a long q we decide to visit this Musuem. It was very informative about the history of Portuguese Army.. too much engine to explore. WW1 gallery... price to pay is about 4 euros in the coffe outside

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Thank Omar D
Hilversum, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Overlooking the mouth of the Tagus this fascinating Museum is worth a visit. A overview of Portugal's military history over the centuries,makes one realise what a small country is capable of.From the days of the colonies until the Salazar regime period.

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Thank Jake043
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the visit to this museum/set of exhibitions. It is the returned servicepeople's organisation that runs it and there are exhibitions on the Great War, the wars of independence in Africa (i.e. from Portugal) and more recent UN / Portuguese peacekeeping missions. It's all set in an old fort which makes for an interesting environment, with lots of... More 

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Thank WillOnTheHill
Leipzig, Germany
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7 reviews
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Nice little museum next to the tower of Belem, but contrary to the Tower this one was completely empty. The museum gives a good history over portugese military history and offers superb views over the Tejo river.

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Thank Schmalipaul
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

This small Military Museum is located in an old coastal defence fort beside Belem Tower, commanding equally superb views over the mouth of the Tagus and containing examples of many of the military vehicles used by the Portugese armed services. You pay for your ticket at a separate building outside the museum proper, which also houses a cafe and, unlike... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

This was a nice little place almost completely devoid of people and as well as some impressive gun installations and slight less impressive “Portuguese-army-as-peacekeepers” displays, it had some great views off to the horizon, for a fraction of the price of the nearby Belem Tower

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