Archeology Museum

Museu de Arqueologia: Immersive Dive Into Ancient Worlds

Museu de Arqueologia is the National Archeology Museum of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. It is reputed to be one of the most important Archeology museums in the country.

Founded by renowned archeologist Jose Leite de Vasconcelos in 1893, the Lisbon’s Archeology Museum now occupies the west wing of the Jeronimos Monastery, located in the district of Belem. Renovated in neo-Manueline style towards the latter half of the 19th century, the entrance of the museum is quite striking as it is marked by two granite Lusitanian Warriors’ statues belonging to the 1st century and brought to site from the north of Portugal. The museum has a fine collection of ancient artifacts procured from the entire country and abroad.

The Museu de Arqueologia in Lisbon showcases relics from Iron and Bronze Age, as well as fine examples of Celtic, Roman and Visigothic jewelry. There are also several Moorish artifacts from the 8th century on display, along with rare Greco-Roman and Egyptian funerary artifacts. The museum is also a repository of some extremely rare Roman mosaics found in Portugal, especially from South Portugal and Estremadura (Povoa de Coa) in Central Portugal.

The museum presents two types of exhibits, the permanent and the temporary. The Permanent exhibits cover Egyptian Antiques and the Treasures of Portuguese Archaeology, with significant metal artifacts dating back to Bronze and Iron Ages among others. The temporary exhibits are varied and usually thematic, displaying significant collections related to national and international archeological findings.

Museu de arqueologia in Lisbon also has some state of the art instruments for carrying out study of the collection artifacts, attempting to further understand the lifestyle of humans belonging to ancient ages. The museum also has a library, laboratories, research areas, and educational services.

The museum is open from 10 am to 6pm all days except Mondays and Tuesdays in the morning.

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