The Navy is a branch of the Armed Forces, endowed with administrative autonomy, which is integrated into the administration of the State, through the Ministry of National Defense.

The Navy mission aims to «CONTRIBUTE FOR PORTUGAL TO USE THE SEA» according to its interests. This statement summarizes in a simple sentence the action of the Navy so that the sea can create value, making implicit a vast set of tasks that the Navy performs, or contributes to, in multiple action plans.

In carrying out its duties, the Cultural Commission of the Navy actively contributed to the development of the Cultural aspect of the Organization and constitutes a factor of prestige and a marked affirmation of the Navy identity.

The Navy Cultural Commission has a primary role in opening up to society, in the sense of conservation, enhancement and dissemination of the Navy's cultural, historical and artistic heritage, and with this objective, it has been successfully developing a series of new initiatives and projects. 

From the different synergies developed with the Navy, the main highlight goes to the promotion of their cultural spaces, like the ones presented below, in which international students can get a special discount by presenting the ESNcard at the entrance of these establishments:

 

Vasco da Gama Aquarium

The Vasco da Gama Aquarium (AVG), located just outside Lisbon, is not only an Aquarium, it is also a Museum. A Museum that was born out of a prince's dream and his ambition to learn about the depths of the ocean.

Visiting the Vasco da Gama Aquarium means allowing oneself to board the Amélia Yacht, belonging to the Portuguese royal family, sailing along the coast of Sesimbra in the company of the then King of Portugal, D. Carlos I. From the ship's logbook to the Vasco da Gama Aquarium, on a journey between the depths of the sea and the sea slopes where only by the sea can we contemplate.

Vasco da Gama Aquarium is one of the oldest aquarium-museums in the world and has been visited by successive generations of families since its opening on May 20, 1898. It is a historical heritage that promotes Portuguese aquatic life and has a legacy of King D. Carlos I Oceanographic Collection

Schedule

  • Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)

Prices with ESN Lisboa discount

  • Child (0-3 years) - Free
  • Youth (4-12 years) - 2.50€ 2.00€
  • Adult (13-64 years) - 5.00€ 4.00€
  • Senior (+65 years) - 2.50€ 2.00€
  • Family (2 adults + 2 young people) - 13.00€ 10.40€
  • Free entrance days:
    • Navy Day - May 20
    • Children's Day - June 1 (free in tier 4-12)
    • National Sea Day - 16 November

Address: Rua Direita do Dafundo, 1495 - 718 Cruz Quebrada – Dafundo

 

 

Navy Museum

In 1863, King D. Luís founded a Museum in honor of the Navy, which for over 60 years has been installed in the Jerónimos Monastery. After all, it was very close to this place, that in the 15th century, three Portuguese princes left the waters of the Tagus to conquer “beyond the sea”.

Since the great adventure of the Discoveries, the evolution of the Navy of Commerce and the War are the motifs of the permanent exhibition of the Museu de Marinha, which has an impressive collection of more than 23,000 pieces.

Knowing the History of the Portuguese at Sea is the best way to preserve the achievements of yesteryear. Among vessel models, marine instruments, impressive replicas and true vessels, it is “a World of Discovery” waiting for you.

Schedule

  • Fall Semester (May 1st to September 30th): Every day from 10am to 6pm
  • Winter Semester (from October 1 to April 30): Every day from 10am to 5pm
  • Closed: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

Prices with ESN Lisboa discount

  • Child (0-3 years) - Free
  • Youth (4-12 years) - 3.25€ 2.60€
  • Adult (13-64 years) - 6.50€ 5.20€
  • Senior (+65 years) - 3.25€ 2.60€
  • Family (2 adults + 2 young people) - 14.60€ 11.68€
  • Free days:
    • 1st Sunday of each month
    • Navy Day - May 20
    • Children's Day - June 1 (Free in tier 4-12)
    • National Sea Day - 16 November
    • Day of Monuments and Sites - April 18
    • International Museum Day - May 18th

Address: Praça do Império – Belém, 1400-206 Lisboa

 

Frigate D. Fernando II e Glória

The Frigate D. Fernando II e Glória was launched to the water in 1843, being the last ship of the Portuguese Navy to sail exclusively by sail and the last ship of the “Career of India”. Over the course of 33 years, she traveled more than one hundred thousand nautical miles, the equivalent of five laps around the world. Her name is a tribute to the queen of Portugal, D. Maria II, and her husband, D. Fernando II.

She made her last trip in 1878, when she assumed the role of Naval Artillery School, until 1938. In 1963, the history of the Frigate was marked by a great fire, which left it almost submerged in the Tagus River until 1992. At that time restoration work began, opening to the public as a museum at EXPO 98.

Built entirely of wood, it is a unique example in the world. Climb aboard, take a trip through history and feel like a true sailor, facing the sea fearlessly.

Schedule

 

  • Fall Semester (May 1st to September 30th):
    • Monday: from 12h to 18h
    • Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Winter Semester (from October 1 to April 30):
    • Monday: from 12h to 17h
    • Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Closed:
    • January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

Prices

  • Child (0-3 years) - Free
  • Youth (4-12 years old) - 2.00€ 1.60€
  • Adult (13-64 years) - 4.00€ 3.20€
  • Senior (+65 years) - 2.00€ 1.60€
  • Family (2 adults + 2 young people) - 10.00€ 8.00€
  • Free days:
    • 1st Sunday of each month
    • Navy Day - May 20
    • Children's Day - June 1 (Free in tier 4-12)
    • National Sea Day - 16 November
    • Day of Monuments and Sites - April 18

Reduced Mobility

The Navy is committed to implementing measures to facilitate access for all visitors, to all their visiting spaces. However, the entrance to the ship and its visit are made by steep stairs, and not yet adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Address: Fragata D. Fernando II e Glória, Largo Alfredo Dinis, Almada​

 

Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium

Come to the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium and get closer to the sky, with a dome of 25 meters, feel like an astronaut among the stars. In one of the largest planetariums in the world, we have several sessions that allow us to understand what is going on beyond what the eyes reach.

In addition to the Auditorium, it also has a Gallery with several thematic exhibitions, an Astronomical Observatory (in recovery), and a Library. It was inaugurated on July 20, 1965, on the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the death of Calouste Gulbenkian. The Planetarium bears the banner of a Ciência Viva center, being an active part of several national and international projects dedicated to astronomy.

Here, we understand the difficulties that sailors of old had when navigating the unknown oceans, and also, we study the challenges that today's sailors face, trying to know the infinite space.

Schedule

  • Tuesday to Sunday: from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

For the schedule of sessions, see http://ccm.marinha.pt/pt/planetario/

Prices

  • Youth (4-12 years) - 2.50€ 2.00€
  • Adult (13-64 years) - 5.00€ 4.00€
  • Senior (+65 years) - 2.50€ 2.00€
  • Family (2 adults + 2 young people) - 12.00€ 9.60€

Children under 3 years old are not allowed

  • Free days:
    • 1st Sunday of each month (Youth and Senior Free; 50% discount on the rest)
    • Navy Day - May 20
    • Children's Day - June 1 (Free in tier 4-12)
    • National Sea Day - 16 November
    • Planetarium Day - July 20

Address: Praça do Império - Belém, 1400-206 Lisboa