Maritime Museum: A World of Discoveries. A journey through one of the most fascinating aspects of the history of mankind: the maritime adventure.
The Maritime Museum was founded by King Luís on the 22 nd July 1863, in order to promote the Portuguese maritime history. The collection began during the 18 th century with the gathering of several ships of the Royal Navy. Today, the Museum owns over 17,000 items, 2,500 of wich have been selected to be a part of our permanent exhibition. During the visit you shall see objects of many different kinds produced by people of many cultures. We hope that their careful observation will provide a glimpse, not only of the environment that gave rise to them, but also of the influences that marked them, and that through all these items on display we may contribute to the formation of a most ample perspective of one of the most fascinating aspects of the history of mankind: the maritime adventure.