Every child who visits here must dream about hiding until midnight to find out if the gleaming gold carriages turn into pumpkins. This is one of Europe's finest collections of horse-drawn coaches and one of the most-visited museums in the country. It was founded in 1905 to showcase the carriages of the aristocracy and royal family. The oldest coach on exhibit carried King Phillip III of Spain on a visit to Lisbon in 1618. Others among the rococo contraptions were used by popes, nobles, and crowned heads from Portugal and around Europe, but there's no evidence any of them ever rushed a kitchen maid with a fairy godmother and two ugly sisters home from a ball. In 2014, the museum made a controversial move to a bigger (actually humongous) and less character-filled building. But even that transition hasn’t dimmed the luster or this eyeful of a museum.
Museu dos Coches
Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
Our Rating Neighborhood Belém Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm Transportation Train: Belém Station; tram: 15E; bus: 28, 714, 727, 729, 743, 749, 751 Phone 21/361-0850 Prices Adults 8€, 4€ ages 65 and above Web site Museu dos Coches
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