Portugal's Museums: Museu da Presidência da República
Museu da Presidência da República
The Museu da Presidência da República (Museum of the President of the Republic) is situated in the Belem district of western Lisbon close to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Belem Tower, the Maritime Museum and the Monument to the Discoveries.
The Museu da Presidencia da Republica is housed in Belem Palace (Palácio de Belém), the official residence of the President of Portugal and previously the official residence of Portuguese monarchs. The Museu da Presidencia da Republica is modern facility and opened in 2004.
The galleries of the museum have displays of the lavish state gifts given to the Portuguese head of state by foreign countries, information on and personal belongings of the Portuguese presidents since 1910, state documents and state honors. The presidential state cars are also on temporary display when not on loan to other museums around the country.
The core of the museum's collection are the state gifts given to the 16th president of Portugal, General Ramalho Eanes in the course of his two terms between 1976 and 1986. This has been expanded to include national symbols such as exhibits on the history of the red and green Portuguese flag adopted after the 1910 Revolution, paintings and other exhibits relating to Portugal's heads of state.
The museum combines a traditional exhibition of collector's items with interactive information and a digital library for researchers. The museum aims to describe and explain the powers, functions and activities of Portugal's presidents since 1910.
The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions focusing on art, architecture and other facets of Portuguese life.
Museu da Presidencia da Republica
Palacio Nacional de Belem
Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
Tel: 21 361 4660
Buses: #28, #714, #727, #729 or #751. Tram: #15 from Cais do Sodre; From Cascais or Cais de Sodre on the Cascais Line (Linha de Cascais) get out at Belém station; Ferry: From Porto Brandaõ on the south side of the River Tagus to Estação Fluvial de Belém or take the Linha Cascais train from Cais de Sodre to Belem Station.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm); Belem Palace and its formal gardens are open to the public on Saturdays from 10.30am-4.40pm.
Admission: Fee (certain reductions available; please consult the website above).
The Museu da Presidencia da Republica is adjacent to the Jardim do Ultramar and close to the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT).