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National Coach Museum

The National Coach Museum assembles the world’s finest collection of ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 16th to the 19th century. Mostly originating from the Portuguese Royal House, it also includes vehicles from the Church and private collections. This excellent collection enables visitors to understand the technical and artistic evolution of animal-drawn transportation used by European courts before the advent of the automobile. 70 vehicles are exposed in the new building, the oldest dating from the 16th century while the most recent one is a 19th century mounted courier. As well as a collection of horse-drawn vehicles, the Museum also boasts a set of accessories used in ceremonial parades, equestrian games, cavalry harnesses and portrays of the Portuguese Royal Family.

The New Coach Museum has opened its doors in Belém as a new cultural facility and a new public space.

It was the result of two main concerns: to increase the exhibition area and the technical support infrastructure and to enhance the experience of visitors in the country’s most visited museum. It comprises a main pavilion with a suspended nave connecting to an annexe through an overhead walkway. The spatial layout of these volumes forms a kind of portico pointing towards a free access inner plaza. Also within view are the quaint old houses of Rua da Junqueira evoking bygone days and riverside promenades. The New Museum includes permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, reserve areas and a coach conservation and restoration workshop. New spaces have been designed for a Library, an Archive and an Auditorium, which will open up the museum to a wide range of cultural activities. Visitors will also be able to stop by at the food court and the Museum Shop.

The Royal Riding Arena

The Royal Coach Museum was inaugurated on 23 May 1905 by Queen D. Amélia de Orleãns e Bragança, a French princess who married the future King of Portugal, D. Carlos I. The site chosen to house the first coach museum in the world was the hall of the former Royal Riding Arena, where the museum stood up to the 23 May 2015.  Despite its success, the museum’s lack of space was a problem from the start, which prompted the Queen to commission a new project in 1906 for expanding the museum so as to exhibit the Royal House vehicles spread across the stables of different palaces. Following the proclamation of the Republic on 5 October 1910, the museum collection received a set of coaches and berlins from an extinct Royal House and also from the Church. In memory of the excellent safeguarding and disseminating work done by the former Riding Arena, a number of coaches and berlins can still be seen at the old premises, and so is a gallery of royal family paintings and a set of cavalry harnesses.

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Contacts and
Localization

Governing body:
DGPC
Director:
Silvana Bessone
Address:
Avenida da Índia nº 136, 1300-300 Lisboa
GPS:
Lat: 38.696824403502845 Long: -9.19881881772153
Phone(s):
Museu Nacional dos Coches: + 351 210732319; Antigo Picadeiro: +351 21 361 08 50
Fax(s):
+ 351 213 637 246
E-mail:
geral@mncoches.dgpc.pt
Site:
http://museudoscoches.pt/

Trains: Linha de Cascais (estação de Belém)
Urban Bus: 28, 714, 727, 729, 751
Electric: 15
Boat: Estação Fluvial de Belém

10h00 – 18h00 (tuesday til Sunday). Last ticket: 17h30.

Closed  Mondays, 1st de january, 1st de may, easter sunday, 24th e 25th de december, 13 de june.

Admission

New National Coach Museum - 8,00 € 

National Coach Museum - Old Royal Riding Arena - 4,00 €

2 for 1 ticket - 10,00€

 

MNCoches Admission Fees (Order no. 5250/2015) click here

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DGPC online tickets - buy here

Conditions of entry to DGPC Museums and Monuments - click here

Exemptions:

The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays until 2 p.m. for residents in Portugal.

Children aged 12 and under*
Unemployed EU citizens*
Visitors with reduced mobility (60% disability with documents to prove it) accompanied by one attendant.
ICOM, ICOMOS and APOM members
Researchers /conservators/restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals during the course of their work*
Cultural associations (exclusively for groups of friends of museums, monuments, palaces, castles and archaeological sites)*
Volunteers working for the DGPC with one accompanying person*
European Heritage Days (Sunday)
International Day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April (exclusively for DGPC Monuments)
International Museum Day - 18 May (exclusively for DGPC museums and palaces)
Late-night Museums and Thursday Nights (access restricted to activities organised by the DGPC)
Tourism professionals upon presentation of a proof of registration with the RNAAT
Journalists during the course of their work* with prior notice
DGPC employees* with 3 accompanying persons
Teachers and students of any level of education, including universities for senior citizens, during study visits duly proven, and upon prior reservation confirmed by the relevant Dependent Service*
Groups of accredited Portuguese welfare institutions or social work departments of municipalities or other public interest institutions. Prior approval is required from the DGPC executive board.

* Proof of entitlement required.

Discounts:

Visitors aged 65 or older* - 50%
Student’s card (not for study visits) - 50%
Youth Card - 50%
Family ticket (minimum 4 members of near family or similar) - 50%
Protocols with third party institutions - 20%
Purchase of over 250 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice – 7.5%
Purchase of over 500 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 10%
Purchase of over 1000 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 15%

Combined Tickets
Royal Roadway – National Palace of Ajuda + Coach Museum + Royal Coach Museum- 12,00 €
History Quay - 6 Museums in Belém (Monastery of Jerónimos + Tower of Belém + National Archaeology Museum + Folk Art Museum + National Museum of Ethnology + National Coach Museum) - 25,00 €

General Rules
Advance reservation required for groups exceeding 50 persons.
Concessions for bulk tickets will not apply to Combined Tickets.
All concessions applicable to individual tickets will apply to Combined Tickets and guided tours, except for guided tours after closing time.
Advance purchase vouchers are valid up to one year.
Concessions cannot be combined with any other offers.
Smoking or eating is not allowed during visits.

* Proof of entitlement required.

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Last change: 25 July 2017

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