Today there are two permanent exhibitions, one which is dedicated to archaeological finds in Portugal and Portugal's heritage, the other a collection of Egyptian antiquities. As you enter the museum, you're greeted by two granite Lusitanian Warriors, carved in the first century AD. The exhibits are in sections and in chronological order. Corresponding descriptions are displayed on screens and explain each period along with the exhibits.
The Portuguese artefacts consist mostly of notable metalwork dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Also on show are Iron Age and Visigothic jewellery, Roman ornaments early eighth century Moorish artefacts, and a Greco-Roman and Egyptian section focusing on funerary art. The museum also possesses the most important Portuguese collection of Roman mosaics, originating mostly from the Algarve and the Alentejo. There are also regular temporary exhibitions with important artefacts from either Portugal or further afield.
One should be aware that bags and jackets must be left in lockers before entering the museum. A TOP TIP:
If you're planning to visit the Jerónimos Monastery
next door, you can avoid standing in the long queues formed outside by heading on straight into National Archaeology Museum, buy a combination ticket for both attractions which enables you to walk straight into the Monastery.
Tuesday to Sunday:
10h00 - 13h00/14h00 - 18h00. Monday:
€2.50, Jerónimos:Monastery + National Archaeology Museum:
Lisbon Card: FREE