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Museu de Marinha (Maritime Museum)

With such maritime icons as Vasco de Gama and Bartolomeu Dias, its no wonder that Portugal's Maritime Museum is one of the best in Europe, evoking a sense of what it was like when the victorious Portuguese dominated the high seas. Visitors can marvel at the hundreds of models of 15th- to 19th-century sailing ships, merchant marine vessels, fishing boats and pleasure boats as well as a full range of Portuguese naval uniforms, including one worn at a Mozambique military outpost in 1896.

Address: Praça do Império

Telephone: 21 362 0019

Opening times: 10am to 5pm (October to April) and 10am to 6pm (May to September); closed Mondays.

Admission: €4 (adult) and €2 (6 - 18 years), free for children under 6. Concessions available.