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We start by Gulbenkian museum, one of the biggest private collections of ancient art in the world and
one of the of Europe's hidden treasures. It houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman,
Islamic, Asian, and European art. We have priceless treasures of Egyptian art, a stunning collection of
Hellenic coins, rare pieces of Chinese porcelain, rich 16th and 17th century Persian tapestries, Japanese
prints, pieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Ghirlandaio, Monet, Van Dyck, Renoir, Rodin, Monet, William
Turner, Thomas Germain, French furniture, René Lalique jewelry, among others.

The Arte Antiga museum is next. This temple of the arts contains Portugal's most important collection
as well as being among the most important in Europe. The museum collection includes painting,
sculpture, metalwork, textiles, furniture, drawings, and other decorative art forms from the Middle Ages
to the early nineteenth century. The collections, especially those for the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,
are particularly important regarding the history of Portuguese painting, sculpture and metalwork. The
collection of European masters is outstanding.

The Museu dos Coches is Lisbon's most-visited museum and houses the best collection in the world of
historic royal and other horse-drawn vehicles. Most date from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Drawing
the most interest is a trio of opulently gilded baroque carriages used by the Portuguese ambassador in
1716; Phillip II coach and the most ancient in the world; several wonderful examples belonging to European
royal families - Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria and England.
Lisbon museums tour

The Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha) of Lisbon is dedicated to all aspects of the History of navigation in Portugal. The interesting
Museum is one of the most important in Europe and one of the most visited Portuguese museums, evoking Portugal's domination of the
seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jeronimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery
onward.
The exhibits include historical paintings, archaeological items and many scale models of ships used in Portugal since the 15th century.  
Other highlights are two 18th century ceremonial barges, a 19th century royal cabin from the yacht of Queen Amelia, the seaplane "Santa
Cruz" that made the first crossing of the south Atlantic in 1922, the world's largest collection of astrolabes and replicas of 16th century
maps showing the world as it was known then.
 
 
Northeast of Eduardo VII Park is the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world's great museums and can't
be missed during a visit to Lisbon. This is one of the world's finest private art collections, amassed over
a period of 40 years by oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who was one of the 20th century's wealthiest
men. In his later years he adopted Portugal as his home, and donated all of his stupendous art treasures
to the country. An extensive cultural center was built in Lisbon with several theater, concert and
conference halls, a library and, not least, a museum which has since become world famous. Gulbenkian's
motto was "Only the best", as he only wanted the rarest and well-preserved pieces to make part of his
collection. Of the about 6000 items in the museum's collections a selection of around 1000 is in
permanent exhibition. The permanent exhibition galleries consist of two independent circuits laid out in
chronological and geographical order. The first circuit showcases Oriental and Classical Art including
Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian and Far Eastern Art. The second
circuit includes European Art with separate sections dedicated to the Art of the Book, Sculpture,
Painting and the Decorative Arts.
   
Ancient Art Museum in Lisbon
 
The Ancient Art Museum in Lisbon contains 14th to 20th century European works by artists such as
Bosch (whose "Temptation of St. Anthony" is one of the museum's most valuable treasures), Dürer,
and Raphael. The most important of the Portuguese paintings is undoubtedly the "Veneration of St.
Vincent," regarded as an important historical document, portraying some prominent 15th century
personalities such as Henry the Navigator. Also interesting are 16th century Japanese screens and
Afro-Portuguese carved tusks, Indo-Portuguese chests, and samples of Chinese porcelain shipped to
Lisbon. The theme of the discoveries is ever-present, illustrating Portugal's links with Africa, India,
China and Japan. Not to be missed is also a fine collection of decorative art and silverware, including
the Monstrance of Belem and the collection of French 18th century silverware, especially the pieces
by François Thomas Germain, one of the finest in the world, that once belonged to the Portuguese royal
family. Among other pieces: The Temptations of Saint Anthony (Hieronymus Bosch’s), St Jerome
(Albrecht Dürer), St Augustine (Piero della Francesca), Conversation (Pieter de Hooch), Japanese screens,
Portuguese and Chinese Ceramics, Indo-Portuguese furniture.
 
 
The National Coach Museum houses and exhibits, under an exquisite ambiance of the old Royal Riding
Arena of Belém Palace, an exceptional collection of ceremonial vehicles from the Royal family, dating
from 17th Century to late19th Century. Considered the most remarkable collection in the world of this
kind, it allows the visitor to follow both the technical evolution of animal pulled transport and the
changes of taste expressed in the decorative arts and vehicle ornaments. The National Coach Museum is
one of the most visited museums in Portugal and certainly of Lisbon. The collection of the National
Coach Museum is unique in the world, assembling ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 17th to
the 19th century, mostly from the Crown’s estate or private property of the Portuguese Royal House.
It includes coaches, berlins, carriages, chaises, cabriolets, litters, sedan chairs and children’s buggies,
making up an excellent quality collection that enables visitors to understand the technical and artistic
evolution of animal-draw carriages used by European Courts until the birth of the motor car.
Lisbon coach museum
 
Visit Navy museum in Lisbon
 
Museu da Marinha (Navy Museum) - Created in 1863, it houses a collection of items related to the preservation
of maritime history of Portugal, a collection that was enlarged in the following decades. Organized into several
thematic areas, these museums collections show you marvellous ship models from the Discoveries Age (16th
century) until today, including royal galliots, traditional boats and all sorts of nautical instruments connected to
the Portuguese Navy.
The Navy Museum is lodged in the huge former dormitories of the Hyeronimites Monastery and on the place
where Vasco da Gama started his two years long and dangerous trip to India. It has several big rooms, some with
full-scale boats and others with miniatures. All kinds of boats are represented, from the merchant ships to war
vessels. Maps and paintings illustrate the effort made by the navigators. There is an extensive collection of craft,
as well as naval artillery and nautical instruments showing important events in the history of the Portuguese navy.
 
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