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Maritime Museum

On 22 July 1863 King Luís issued a decree for the establishment of a museological collection related with the Portuguese maritime activities. This Museum was thus born out of the desire manifested by the king, who was very much given to the arts and culture, to conserve Portugal's past, which is still so present in the national collective memory. But the Museum also reflects the laudable conservation efforts carried out in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is also true that Maria II made a considerable contribution to the constitution of the Museum's initial collection by donating to the Royal Academy of Naval Guards - the predecessor of the Naval Academy - the ship models that were housed in Ajuda Palace.

The Portuguese Naval Museum became a firm museological project, based on the old collection, which was begun in the 18th century. It began to take ship from 1934 onwards and was provisionally housed in the Naval Academy, where it was actively used as a training component. That same year, a committee was set up to come up with the preliminary design and works programme for the building next to the Jerónimos Monastery. On 15 August 1962 the Maritime Museum officially opened its doors in the north and west wings of the Monastery, next to which a spacious pavilion for exhibition of the galleys and an administrative and services complex were built later. Since then, the Maritime Museum has become one of the most important, respected and visited of Portuguese museums.

Website: http://museu.marinha.pt/museu/site/pt