Our Accidental Visit to the Museu de Marinha

We went to Portugal for the first time this summer, and ended up at the Museu de Marinha by accident. There were so many beautiful sights and moments worthy of remembrance during our trip, and getting slightly lost was definitely one of them! Read on to find out what we did there, and get some tips for your visit at the end of the post.

Museu de Marinha Mishap

One of my favorite days in Portugal this summer was when Speed and I went to the Jerónimos Monastery and accidentally paid for entrance into the Museu de Marinha!


Museu’s Cafe

Spotting a cafe across the courtyard, we decided to indulge in an afternoon snack first. That was actually Speed’s idea, probably because he knew it would take me a while to explore to my heart’s content. He needed to prepare, you know?

PinitJermaine Speed drinking beer

These are the pastéis de nata …they are SO freaking delicious I lost count of how many I ate during our trip! Easily my favorite pastry in Portugal, and maybe even EVER. The rosé wine was perfectly cool and refreshing – it was a warm day. Consequently, I may or may not have been slightly buzzed in the Museu de Marinha.


At the Museu’s Entrance

Once we were ready, this guy greeted us at the entrance, which we thought would lead us directly to the Church Santa Maria de Belém. Sadly, it did NOT. Which is how we accidentally ended up in a maritime museum inside the monastery. In hindsight, it was actually a pretty wonderful mistake.

Pinitinfante de enrique statue
Infante de Enrique statue

Museu’s Exhibits

Here are a few of the things we saw inside the museum:

Pinitnaval instruments at museu de marihna
Naval instruments
PinitWorld globe at Museu de Marihna
World globe
PinitMural at Museu de Marihna
PinitWindow detail at Museu de Marihna
Window detail
PinitStone snake detail at Museu de Marihna
Stone snake detail
PinitStone wall and wood ceiling detail at Museu de Marihna
Stone wall
PinitStatue of head at Museu de Marihna
Statue of head
PinitStained glass window at Museu de Marihna
Stained glass
PinitNaval uniforms at Museu de Marihna
Naval uniforms
PinitShip display at Museu de Marihna
Ship display
PinitOil painting at Museu de Marihna
Oil painting
PinitCaptain's wheel at Museu de Marihna
Captain’s wheel

How To Get There

The artifacts and architecture of the place were amazing. I highly recommend going to see it for yourself if you are ever in Lisbon. The Jerónimos Monastery (and obviously the Museu de Marinha) is only about 20 minutes west of the city. Bonus: you can also check out the Church Santa Maria de Belém as well as the Jardim da Praça do Império and other gardens, which are all in the same area. We didn’t have enough time to go into the church, which is probably a good thing because I was still feeling the rosé! However, it is definitely on our list for next time.

PinitJerónimos Monastery inner courtyard

TIPS: The Torre de Belém is about a 15 minute walk away, which is where we started our visit. We parked at the Fundação Champalimaud, which has an underground parking garage and plenty of parking. The walk from the parking garage to the monastery was an easy one with lots to see and beautiful views. Make sure to take the route along the water, and not along the road…you can get gelato or coffee on your way back, and the breeze is also delicious!

“Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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Our Accidental Visit to the Museu de Marinha