I have been to … the Portuguese Army Military Museum of Lisbon, Portugal: The exhibits

This Museum was crammed full of interesting exhibits, and I hope that the following blog entry gives some idea of the range and scope of what is on show. To make it easier to follow, I have split the coverage into several sections.

Ancient Cannons


The Napoleonic War

The Great War

Small Arms

Military head wear from around the world

Models of the Portuguese forts in Goa

Artillery models

Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque

Magazine Rifles and early Machine Guns


14 Comments on “I have been to … the Portuguese Army Military Museum of Lisbon, Portugal: The exhibits”

  1. Jim Duncan says:

    Very good range of photographs Bob!


  2. Jim Duncan,

    I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing these photographs.

    The Museum is well worth a visit, and I wish I had had more time to take even more photographs … especially of the tile panels in the courtyard.

    All the best,


  3. Nigel Drury says:

    I think you could produce that much needed guide book yourself from these. The canon in your photo 111 was one I remember being very impressed by.

  4. Pete. says:

    Superb photos Bob- really enjoyed them.



  5. Nigel Drury,

    It is a very large cannon … and must have looked very impressive when it was fired.

    If I had managed to get photos of the captions that went with each exhibit (something that I now regret not doing) I could easily have produced a detailed guide book.

    Perhaps I will manage that task if I ever go back.

    All the best,


  6. Pete.,

    I am pleased to see that you enjoyed my photos.

    Be warned … I also paid a visit to the Naval Museum in Cartagena and took lots of photographs there as well.

    All the best,


  7. Conrad Kinch says:

    Wow. What a collection.

  8. Conrad Kinch,

    If you ever go to Lisbon and have the time to go to the Museum, I thoroughly recommend that you go there. It is well worth visiting.

    All the best,


  9. What a splendid building indeed ,not to mention great photographs…

  10. Tradgardmastare,

    Thanks very much for your kind comments. If you ever get the chance, this a Museum is well worth visiting.

    All the best,


  11. Great Stuff Bob,

    When I visited there last year there were only five visitors all day. All of us English.

    The staff were extremely keen, but nobody spoke English to a great extent.

    They were however paranoid about photography and would not allow it. So it was good to see your photographs.

    There is however, an excellent guide book in English – details sent to you by email. I asked about it and secured the only copy – much to the chagrin of the others ;-). My copy is now available to view at Pile 'em High Towers and I will show it to you on your enxt visit.


  12. Robertpeel999 (Tone),

    It is a great museum but it is not that well-known … and it should be.

    There were a few more visitors on the day that we went there … but not that many more!

    Trust you to get hold of the only copy of the English language edition of the museum's guide book! I look forward to seeing it at some time in the future.

    All the best,


  13. Looking at your photographs again, I was so pleased to see that you captured an image of my favourite exhibit of the bizarre and obscure.

    You have the Brazilian cavalry helmet with the yellow plume, and although not readily apparent in the phot, I was particularly taken by the red material dragon's tongue. The lighting is indeed poor, and you miss how 'yellow' both the helmet and plume are.

    Ideal for any pantomime uniform or Imagination Elite Guard unit.


    Thanks for the photos and the memories Bob

  14. Robertpeel999,

    It is a truly magnificent piece of head gear … and worthy of a comic opera/Funny Little Wars army.

    All the best,


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