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Património Cultural

National Archaeology Museum

The National Archaeology Museum (MNA) was founded by José Leite de Vasconcelos as the “Museum of the Portuguese People” “attempting to bring together material elements of culture that will help to impart knowledge about man … everything that will define the character traits of our people”. All along its history, the MNA accumulated remarkable holdings encompassing different themes: archaeology, ethnography, gold and silverware, coins and medals, pre-Latin and Latin epigraphy, sculpture, written documentation, mosaics and physical anthropology. Besides, it also boasts some remarkable archaeological and ethnographic “comparative collections” (Ancient Egypt and the Portuguese Royal House), along with different legacies and donations. However, the bulk of its holdings includes vast collections of Portuguese archaeology from the pre- and protohistoric, Roman, Arab and medieval periods.

The National Archaeology Museum was founded in 1893 as the “Portuguese Ethnographic Museum”, under the direction of Doctor José Leite de Vasconcelos. It was originally located at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.  Since 1903 the museum has been housed at the former dormitory of the Monastery of Jerónimos, having opened to the public on 22 April 1906. Construction of the Monastery began in 1501 having become the icon of Manueline art. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1983. 

A second lifecycle started in 1929 when the new Director Manuel Heleno embarked on a campaign of intense archaeological excavations (between 1930 and 1960) that significantly increased the museum’s reserves. The MNA is currently the country’s main archaeological museum ranking high among its European counterparts.

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Contacts and

Governing body:
António Carvalho
Edifício dos Jerónimos, Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa
Lat: 38.69744796990411 Long: -9.207142703179898
+351 213 620 000

Trains: Linha de Cascais (Estação de Belém)
Urban Bus: 714, 727, 728, 729, 751 (Carris) 113, 149 (Vimeca)
Electric: 15
Boat: Estação Fluvial de Belém

Closed for renovation works


The Museum is closed

Standard Ticket: - 8,00 €

DGPC online tickets - buy here


The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays for residents in Portugal.

Children aged 12 and under*
Unemployed EU citizens*
Visitors with reduced mobility (60% disability with documents to prove it) accompanied by one attendant.
ICOM, ICOMOS and APOM members
Researchers /conservators/restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals during the course of their work*
Cultural associations (exclusively for groups of friends of museums, monuments, palaces, castles and archaeological sites)*
Volunteers working for the DGPC with one accompanying person*
European Heritage Days (Sunday)
International Day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April (exclusively for DGPC Monuments)
International Museum Day - 18 May (exclusively for DGPC museums and palaces)
Late-night Museums and Thursday Nights (access restricted to activities organised by the DGPC)
Tourism professionals upon presentation of a proof of registration with the RNAAT
Journalists during the course of their work* with prior notice
DGPC employees* with 3 accompanying persons
Teachers and students of any level of education, including universities for senior citizens, during study visits duly proven, and upon prior reservation confirmed by the relevant Dependent Service*
Groups of accredited Portuguese welfare institutions or social work departments of municipalities or other public interest institutions. Prior approval is required from the DGPC executive board.

* Proof of entitlement required.


Visitors aged 65 or older* - 50%
Student’s card (not for study visits) - 50%
Youth Card - 50%
Family ticket (1/2 adults + 2 children) - 50%
Protocols with third party institutions - 20%
Purchase of over 250 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice – 7.5%
Purchase of over 500 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 10%
Purchase of over 1000 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 15%

Combined Tickets
Jerónimos: Monastery of Jerónimos + National Archaeology Museum - 12,00 €

General Rules
Advance reservation required for groups exceeding 50 persons.
Concessions for bulk tickets will not apply to Combined Tickets.
All concessions applicable to individual tickets will apply to Combined Tickets and guided tours, except for guided tours after closing time.
Advance purchase vouchers are valid up to one year.
Concessions cannot be combined with any other offers.
Smoking or eating is not allowed during visits.

* Proof of entitlement required.




Serviço Educativo 

Centro de Documentação / Biblioteca (responsável / Lívia Cristina Coito); Especialização: Arqueologia e etnografia e vários fundos documentais, como manuscritos, livro antigo e arquivos pessoais como o de José Leite de Vasconcelos e Manuel Heleno.

Horário da Biblioteca:De 2.ª a 6.ª, entre as 10h00 e as 17h00.Abre no primeiro sábado de cada mês, entre novembro e junho.Estará aberta nos dias: 7 de novembro, 5 de dezembro, 9 de janeiro, 6 de fevereiro, 5 de março, 2 de abril, 7 de maio e 4 de junho.

Auditório: Retro projetor, projetor de diapositivos, de vídeo, mesa de controlo de som, data show. Lugares/ 70.

Outros: Apoio a investigadores.

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Last change: 09 January 2024

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