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Army

An excellent collection of miniature soldiers. Focus is on the Portuguese army. It’s not a large... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2019
johncS9706VI
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Lower Sackville, Canada
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Excellent, model soldiers and historical artefacts

Had found this on here and sought it out. Had to be careful with timings as it officially closed... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
JeffNNN
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

Went here on a tuesday morning and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. In the main building loads of history and quite a collection of british, american, french and portuguese toy soldiers and interesting historical facts. The entrance fee of €3 is well worth it. The gentleman at reception is very friendly. Once all the rooms inside the building have been viewed one is led outside to the yard and large out building where the tanks, cannons and armaments are stored. Well laid out and if one has an hour or so this place is well worth visiting

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Robbiecan
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

This is a small but perfectly formed museum. It does not cover all areas of history of the Portuguese Armed Forces but it is informative about a country that didn't really hit the headlines militarily.

The top floor toy soldier collection is impressive and encompasses several people's collections.

The other two periods of history covered on the ground floor are short but sweet, and the main area of interest is in the pavilion in the back garden. This is where the bigger exhibits are and more modern conflicts are covered.

Would have cost 3 euro each but we got 50% discount with the Porto card. The guy on the desk was fluent in English but the English translations on the exhibits could do with amending/improving.

We arrived mid-morning and were so absorbed by the place that we finished looking around the pavilion after the museum had closed for lunch and the side door we had used to get into the garden was locked. We went into what we thought was a cafe and it turned out to be the staff room where they were tucking into their lunch!

We simply walked out of the side gate.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank bfltd0
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

The Museu Militar do Porto (Porto Military Museum) is operated by the Portuguese military and holds collections and exhibits from the 16th to 20th centuries. The exhibits range from 16,000 miniature toy soldiers to decommissioned artillery pieces, that seek to portray military history from around the world, including both world wars.

Part of the museum is housed in a building that was once the headquarters of the PIDE (Polícia Internacional e de Defesa do Estado), the secret police organisation that existed during the authoritarian rule of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, between 1926 and 1974. A newer pavilion building in the rear holds the larger pieces, primarily from the two world wars.

A single employee operates the admission desk and also directs visitors to the various rooms that hold exhibits. After paying the 3 Euro admission fee, visitors are first directed to the second floor of the main building. That floor houses the extensive collection of toy soldiers, as well as some military-themed oil paintings. But the feature exhibit on that floor is a sword that is believed to have been owned by D. Alfonso Henriques – King Alfonso I – who established independence for Portugal in 1139 and reigned until 1185.

The collection of toy soldiers and miniature military models is displayed in glass cases, through several rooms on the second floor. Each group is identified with a number that can then be referenced against a sign in the display case (in Portuguese) that identifies the country that the models depict.

On the lower level of the main building are two display rooms. One holds exhibits from the Napoleonic area and the other from the period of the first Portuguese rebellion.

The visit then continues, out of the main building and into an open area behind it, where several pieces of artillery are displayed.

The ground level of the pavilion is split into two halves, with one half housing exhibits from World War 1 and the other half from World War 2.

On the upper landing, inside the pavilion, there are additional exhibits that include medieval suits of armour, chain mail and weaponry.

Signage throughout the museum is in Portuguese but there are some hand-held laminated sheets available in each area that provide information in other languages.

The museum is open six days per week (closed on Mondays). Opening hours are: Tuesday – Friday 10am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm; Saturdays 2.00pm to 5.00pm; Sundays and public holidays 10am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.0pm. Closed on Mondays. Admission is 3 Euros for adults.Children under 12 years of age enter for free.

The museum is easy to reach via the Metro. Exit the Metro at the Heroismo Station and walk west about 2 minutes.

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Craig M
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Reviewed June 5, 2017

So... I was hoping for some tanks, but it has some rare inter-war artillery and some nicer early cannons, along with really great WWI collection. The first floor is toy soliders, just be prepared. Also b aware no book store on Sunday. But, in the addition where the WWI display, they had a game day, "Trench", which my wife reallly enjoyed (and won at). In all, a great space, and it was free the day I visited.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Dave C
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

I went to this museum at the request of my history nerd husband. Despite my lack of history knowledge, I found this museum to be interesting (thanks to my husband's commentary).

The first two sections were in the main building. The first section had miniatures showing soldiers from all over the world through out history, from Ancient Rome to WWII. The second section was focussed on Portuguese Military in the 19th century, with numerous artefacts from this period.

The third section was in a huge shed, which focussed on 21st century Portugese military history. There were also artillery and guns in this section.

One downside was the lack of English translations. The staff member at the desk spoke very little English, and some Spanish. The museum itself had mainly Portuguese descriptions, with A4 handouts in English (which was poorly translated). But if you love history (or have the benefit of going with someone who loves history) then you will get some interest out of this museum.

*Full disclosure - my husband helped me in the writing of this review, haha.

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Anna B
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