The National Archaeology Museum (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) of Lisbon contains the most impressive archaeological collection in Portugal. The Museum is housed in the building adjacent to Jerónimos Monastery, in the district of Belém.
It was founded in 1893 by the renowned archaeologist José Leite de Vasconcelos and features artefacts that date from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. Originally, it was called the Portuguese Ethnographic Museum.
There are beautiful objects including precious stones, items made of gold and earthenware pots, but we particularly like the Egyptian and Islamic halls.
If you’ve already been to Egypt, the Egyptian hall will bring back lots of memories. It features several mummies of people and animals and a collection of impressive old photos.
Since the Museu is adjacent to the Jerónimos Monastery, we recommend visiting the Museum if you have enough time. In our opinion, it has a very interesting collection from several parts of the world. Moreover, on Sunday mornings, the entrance is free.
Praça do Império, 1400. Belém.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am to 6pm.
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.
Adults: 5€ (if you combine it with the Jerónimos Monastery, it costs 12€ and if you combine it with the Monastery and Belém Tower, 16€).
Youth Card and seniors over 65: 50% off.
Children under 12 years old: free entrance.
Children (less than 14 years old): free entrance.
Sunday and public holidays: free entrance from 10am to 2pm.
Free entrance with the Lisboa Card.
Tram: line 15.
Bus: Mosteiro Jerónimos, lines 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51 and 112.