History of Our Weapons


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History of Our Weapons

Portugal, by being one of the oldest countries in the world, had to impose itself. And it imposed, often by military means. This route shows you the weapons and war instruments, tools and war vehicles which were and still are used by the Lusitanian troops in the battlefield, on behalf of the country.

Description

The complete route of the Military Museums shows you, in many parts of the continent and the Islands, weapons, uniforms, documents and vehicles that contributed to the imposition of Portugal, being one of the oldest countries in the world.

Script

The complete route of the Military Museums shows you, in many parts of the continent and the Islands, weapons, uniforms, documents and vehicles that contributed to the imposition of Portugal, being one of the oldest countries in the world.

Itinerary / Points of interest

Bragança Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00; closed Mondays and holidays. The Bragança Military Museum, which occupies all floors of the Castle Keep, with a total of 165 exhibition rooms, arose in 1929 by the will to preserve the memory of the military experiences of the city. Many of its pieces were donated by the people and they tell a story of the evolution of light weapons between the twelfth and twentieth centuries.

Buçaco Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 17h00. In 1910, 100 years after the Battle of Buçaco, the museum was founded to publicize the bravery of the Anglo-Portuguese army during the Peninsular War against the Napoleonic troops. It has weapons collections, uniforms and equipment used in battle and panels that tell the story of the conflict.

Elvas Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h00 (November to March); from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 19h00 (April to October). Created in 2008, it is one of the largest museums in the country, whose collection begins with the history of its own infrastructure. Inside, it has rooms dedicated to the history of the Army health service and various military trappings (infantry, cavalry, artillery, etc.). Several pieces of artillery are exhibited outside.

Oporto Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00; Saturday and Sunday from 14h00 to 17h00. The Oporto Military Museum, opened in 1980, shows all relevant political and military events that took place in the city since the French invasion until 1927. Especially the room of miniature costumes - that shows the evolution of the soldier from prehistory to the present day –the area with artillery pieces and the room of the weapons, with several pieces of military equipment.

The Azores Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17h30h. It was thought after the 1st World War in order to preserve the historical and military heritage of the Portuguese Army in the Azores, which wasn’t much at the time. Created in 2006 at S. Brás Fort, it has a collection under construction, but it can already picture chronologically, and that is appealing to the younger, the Azorean military history.

Madeira Military Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00. On display in this museum are the history of military weapons in Madeira since the eighteenth century and the evolution of the construction of the São Lourenço fortress, where the museum is since 1995. It has a collection of old artillery pieces in bronze and other light weapons, with iconography about the history of the Portuguese Army in the archipelago.

Air Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00. In the "Cradle of Military Aeronautics in Portugal” since 1968, the Sintra Air Base, the Air Museum plans to exhibit the historical heritage of the National Air Force. It is currently considered one of the top 20 world's aviation museums by the international criticism, thanks to its collection of over 10,000 pieces.

Almirante Ramalho Ortigão Maritime Museum

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 14h30 to 16h30. The maritime activity and the Algarve fishing are the dominant themes in this space created in 1962. The Maritime Museum "Almirante Ramalho Ortigão" has three different rooms where there are ships, fishing tools and utensils, and other artefacts related to sea. It also incorporates a library versed in many areas of science.

Santo André Ship Museum

Ancient Portuguese cod fishing vessel, built in the Netherlands, made his last trip in 1997 and is today a part of the Ílhavo Maritime Museum in Aveiro.

Gil Eannes Hospital Ship

Former Portuguese hospital ship that finished its job in 1973. It lent aid to Portuguese cod fishing vessels in the waters of Newfoundland and Greenland, which required several months of stay. Nowadays, it is a museum ship in the fishing port of Viana do Castelo.

D. Fernando II e Glória Frigate

The last sailing warship of the Portuguese Navy is now a museum in Cacilhas dock. It was built in the Portuguese India and had a period of 33 years of service, completed in 1878.

Barracuda Submarine Museum

In civilian mission since 2013, after four decades of service and 52,000 hours of navigation, the last of four ships of the Albacora class to exit the asset is today a museum in Cacilhas dock.

Lisbon Military Museum

Lisbon

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00. The largest military museum in Portugal, it opened in 1926. The Military Museum of Lisbon has a transverse collection which includes a weapons exhibition, uniforms and historical military documents. Noteworthy is the courtyard flanked by cannons, which tells the story of Portugal in tile panels from the Christian reconquest to the 1st World War.