The Lisbon Coach Museum

The Museum

The national coach museum is more than a hundred years old, and the building is worth of taking photos, a magnificent painted ceiling and paintings on the second floor make this museum not only a place with the old royal vehicles, but also a place for art.

The museum was inaugurated on the 23rd May of 1905, and the original collection included 29 vehicles, which were owned by the Royal House.

It is located in one of the most touristic areas of Lisbon, Belém, where you cannot miss the "Pastéis de Belém" and you can also visit beautiful gardens and the "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos".

Near the museum there is a construction site where the a new coach museum is being built(almost finished by now). It is a modern building and it will have more space for the coaches. It is not as magnificent as the old one but it will have more space for the visitors to enjoy the view.

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Second floor view to the National Coach Museum in LisbonCoach detailCoach interiorView of galleries in the second floor
Second floor view to the National Coach Museum in Lisbon
Second floor view to the National Coach Museum in Lisbon
Coach detail
Coach detail
Coach interior
Coach interior
View of galleries in the second floor
View of galleries in the second floor

The Beginning

The visit starts with the view of the oldest Coaches.

These are not so graceful or fast as the others you will find during the visit, but they are the oldest and managed to survive so long.

One of the Oldest

One of the oldest coach in the Lisbon Museum
One of the oldest coach in the Lisbon Museum
Detail of one door of the oldest coach in the museum
Detail of one door of the oldest coach in the museum

Other Coaches

There are several types of coaches, as well as several types of conservation.

You can be very near the vehicles, which is cool since you can easily check the interior and take good photos.

In the last photo of this group you can see the details that were taken into account when a coach was made.

One more coach of the Royal coach collection.
One more coach of the Royal coach collection.
Interior of a coach
Interior of a coach
Detail of one monarch coach. Two angels holding the crown
Detail of one monarch coach. Two angels holding the crown

The Ceiling

When you enter you just do not look to the Coaches, there is also other things to admire. You can see the painted ceiling, the paintings in the walls and the uniforms of that time.

This way you can feel you are time travelling to almost a hundred years ago.

Even the Ceiling is Work of Art

Ceiling of the Coach Museum
Ceiling of the Coach Museum
View from the ground floor of the Coach museum
View from the ground floor of the Coach museum

Since the museum has lack of space for so much coaches, you can see that some painting are behind the coaches.

This in particular is a coach made for the pope, so to please him, it is full of gold and angel images

Coaches and Painting Side by Side

The painting behind a coach made specially for a papal visit.
The painting behind a coach made specially for a papal visit.

Uniforms

This is one of the uniforms you can see in the museum.

They all are well restored, and it is a complement to the historic voyage.

Uniform

official uniform
official uniform

The Interior

The interior of the coaches are mainly simple but confortable; Or at least, that is what they seem.

The next photo shows that the interior looks confortable enough to a long trip, with space enough to stretch their legs. This particular coach is one of the most equipped since it has a table.

The Interior of a Coach, Cozy & Luxury

Interior of a coach with a table.
Interior of a coach with a table.

Advertisement Paper

This is an advertisement paper of renting vehicles in the XIXth/XXth century.

The main target was renting coaches for Weddings and Baptisms.

The qualities enhanced in this advert. are:

- Rubber Wheels

- Coachmen well dressed

Advertisement paper for a Coach company.
Advertisement paper for a Coach company.

The Regicide Landeaux

This travel vehicle is important by its marks. It was on this vehicle that in 1908 the King and the Crown Prince were killed by Republicans.

You can still see the marks left by the bullets on one door.

Coach that was carrying the royal family in the day of the regicide.
Coach that was carrying the royal family in the day of the regicide.
Door with the bullets holes.
Door with the bullets holes.

The Navy Museum

You can find near the Coach Museum, the Navy Museum, there you can find the royal transports to use on water.

As you can see in the pictures below, the boats that the Royal House used are also full of luxury, with a lot of details.

The size of these are much bigger than the coaches, but the area that was used by the Royal Family was not so bigger. More than half of the boat was occupied by the sailors, since unlike Coaches, there were no horses to carry the boat.

Other Transports

View of the back of the royal ship
View of the back of the royal ship
View of the side of the royal ship
View of the side of the royal ship
View of the front of the royal ship
View of the front of the royal ship

Location of the National Coach Museum

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A markerOld National Coach Museum -
Museu Nacional dos Coches, Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
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This is the place where you can visit all these Coaches.

B markerNew Coach Museum -
Avenida da Índia 136, 1300-300 Lisboa, Portugal
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