In 1898, at the time of the inauguration of the Vasco da Gama Aquarium, King Dom Carlos I held in one of the rooms a temporary exhibition with the zoological specimens collected by him in the oceanographic campaigns of 1896-1977.
Curiously, these same specimens would return years later to the Vasco da Gama Aquarium, integrating the Oceanographic Collection of King Dom Carlos I, thus enriching the Museum, which still today is essentially known for the rare specimens associated with the oceanographer monarch.
Over the years, the Museum has been collecting other biological specimens, in a collection that today is generally known as the Vasco da Gama Aquarium Collection and which includes mainly mollusks, marine fish, freshwater fish, waterfowl, turtles and marine mammals.
The Frigate D. Fernando II and Glória is the last ship exclusively sailing the Portuguese Navy and the last "Nau" of the "Career of India", a true military line that for more than 3 centuries made the connection between Portugal and that ancient colony.
The ship was named after D. Fernando II and Glória in honor of D. Fernando Saxe Coburgo-Gotha, husband of the Queen D. Maria II of Portugal and the Queen herself whose name was Maria da Glória.
Between 1865 and 1938, based on the Tagus, it functioned as School of Naval Artillery.
Started to be assembled still during the 18th century, currently the collection of the Navy Museum has more than 18,000 pieces. Of these, about 2,500 were selected to appear in their permanent exhibition, depicting the most diverse aspects of the Portuguese maritime past, as well as the different activities linked to the sea.
In this sense, the great adventure of the Discoveries, since it constituted the golden age of the Portuguese navigations, constitutes the main theme of its permanent exposition, emphasizing the evolution of the Portuguese naval construction in this period, through numerous models of ships of the time, as well as well as the scientific instruments that allowed these trips, among other elements representative of the daily life on board.
In the Planetarium you can explore a series of dynamic and interactive activities that not only inform but also teach us. Here we explore the impressive facts of the Universe that will be forever in the minds of those who visit us.
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