The Museum of the Presidency of the Republic represents one of the most important sources of knowledge and dissemination of the history of the Portuguese Republic and the presidential institution. Starting from an initial project by President António Ramalho Eanes, it was implemented by President Jorge Sampaio, who inaugurated it on October 5, 2004.
Bringing together a heritage previously threatened with being dispersed and forgotten, the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic currently holds thousands of pieces, including personal objects, portraits, state gifts and awarded decorations. Its archive contains thousands of documents that testify to the public and family life of most of the Presidents of the Republic. The Museum of the Presidency of the Republic is also responsible for caring for the heritage of the National Palace of Belém and the Cascais Citadel Palace. The Museum also possesses a significant collection of cars, which have served the Presidents of the Republic since 1910, and are exhibited in Porto, at the Museum of Transport and Communications (Located in the Custom's House).
Seeking to bring the presidential institution closer to civil society and to promote the cultivation of citizenship, the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic is underpinned by a strong cultural and educational aspect, realized through temporary and travelling exhibitions, educational workshops, guided visits, conferences, training initiatives, and in a vast publishing project.
The Museum of the Presidency of the Republic is open for visits from Tuesday to Sunday and offers guided tours by appointment.
Museum of the Presidency of the Republic
Belém National Palace
Praça Afonso de Albuquerque – 1349-022 Lisboa
(+351) 21 361 46 60 / 21 361 49 80 (appointments)