Military Museum
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Military Museum (Museu Militar)

Discover the rich military history of Lisbon at the Military Museum, a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious tourists alike. Located in the heart of the Alfama district, this museum offers a fascinating journey through Portugal's military past, showcasing artefacts, weapons, uniforms, and exhibits spanning centuries of conflicts and battles. From ancient warfare to modern military tactics, visitors can explore the evolution of Portugal's armed forces and their role in shaping the nation's history.

Step inside the museum's halls and immerse yourself in captivating displays that highlight significant moments in Portuguese military history, including naval expeditions, colonial wars, and revolutions. Learn about legendary figures, heroic deeds, and strategic victories that have left an indelible mark on the country's identity.

With its extensive collection and engaging exhibits, the Military Museum provides an educational and thought-provoking experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you're a history buff, a student, or simply curious about Portugal's military heritage, a visit to this museum promises to be an enlightening and enriching journey through time.


Lisbon Military Musum – Medieval Knights

Lisbon Military Musum – Medieval Knights

After you enter the museum, you'll be directed from the ticket office into the Vasco da Gama Room that houses an array of vintage cannon barrels of varying sizes and ages. The walls and ceiling are completely covered by maps and paintings depicting the Age of Discovery and the finding the trade route to India.

Ascend the grand staircase that leads into rooms displaying swords, early firearms, and suits of armour. Also on the first floor are rooms dedicated to the first world war. The Salas da Grande Guerra features artillery pieces, sculptures, guns and rifles, and various other artefacts from the war. On the other side of the staircase, there are mounted Knights in full armour behind which are ornate rooms dedicated to different Portuguese monarchs. Two rooms on the right of the main staircase focus on the Peninsula War (1807–1814) and the struggle against Napoleonic invasions.

A series of more bland rooms lined with glass cabinets lead you in the direction of the courtyard where dozens of green oxidised cannons lie. The walls of the Courtyard of Cannons are festooned with azulejo tile panels representing the history of Portugal's conflicts from the Christian reconquest to the first world war. In the basement, there's a large temporary exhibit space filled with even more cannons and artillery pieces. Here too is a gigantic transportation wagon that was used to haul the monumental Arc de Rua Augusta into place on the Praça do Comércio.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 - 17h00, Monday: CLOSED (last admission at 16h15)

Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €1,00

Getting to the military museum

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Santa Apolónia (Blue Line)
Santa Apolónia

Contact Details
51 Rua Museu da Artilharia, 1100-366 Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 42' 45.9" N | 09° 07' 29.3" W | +351 218 842 429 |  Website
Military Museum - Cannon Room

Cannon Room (Sala Camões)