Not to be confused with the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (also in Lisbon), the Planetarium has been teaching visitors about the cosmos for over 50 years (since 1965). The show-stealer is the overhead simulator imitating the nighttime sky and its many constellations.
Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium, Praça do Império, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 097 7350
Once home to Lisbon’s royalty, the Belém Palace is now the official residence of Portugal’s Presidents, although parts of it have been converted into a museum dedicated to the national history (including the flag and past presidential terms). Initially dating back to the 16th century, the building that stands today was built roughly 200 years later in the 18th century and depicts Baroque styles. While there look for a green flag, which means that the president is in town.
Palácio de Belém, Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 361 4660
Opened in the 1890s, Belém’s archaeologic museum contains the largest collection in Portugal with artifacts dating back to Palaeolithic times and showcasing pieces from cultures around the world. It is also connected to the Jerónimos Monastery, so why not kill two hypothetical birds with one stone by visiting both?
National Archaeological Museum, Praça do Império, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 362 0000
Also sharing building space with the Jerónimos Monastery and the National Archaeological Museum is the Navy Museum, also known as the Maritime Museum. Dedicated to one of the most important times in Portuguese history, it outlines the history of navigation and showcases unique pieces like charts, instruments and small-scale models of historical ships and other vessels. This is an excellent spot to learn more about Portugal’s role during the Age of Discoveries, which is perhaps one reason why this museum is among the more popular spots in Lisbon.
Navy Museum, Praça do Império, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 097 7390