Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium

This planetarium in the Belém quarter projects stunning astronomical shows inside its 25-metre dome.

TravelCurious Tip

Be aware that earlier shows in the planetarium are sometimes geared towards children

New Frontier

In a city where the pioneering spirit of the 15th and 16th century ‘Age of Discovery’ looms large, this 330-seat planetarium offers a fun, insightful trip into the great unknowns of our own time: deep space and the universe. Throughout the day there are different exhibits, ranging from the evolution of technology related to astronomy, to mankind’s place in, and exploration of, our solar system.

The one hour astronomical shows are projected onto a 25 metre diameter dome overhead, revealing 9,000 stars nestled among the Milky Way. Learn about stars, planets and galaxies from the comfort of your chair — something you might be grateful for if you have spent the morning exploring Belém’s other attractions, such as the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém.

Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist

Calouste Gulbenkian was a wealthy British philanthropist of Armenian origin. He made his fortune through making oil in the Middle East available to the West, and later travelled extensively, living in Istanbul, London, Paris and Lisbon at various times. Some might argue his money was dirty, but the way he spent it certainly wasn’t: he founded schools, hospitals, churches, scientific institutes — and Lisbon’s planetarium too.

Nearby Attractions

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Discoveries Monument
A monument celebrating the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Jerónimos Monastery
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a prime example of the exuberant Manueline architectural style.
Belém Palace
Once the official residence of the Portuguese Royal Family, Belém Palace is now the house of the President.
Electricity Museum
A magnificent building that hosts exhibitions about the evolution of energy.
National Coach Museum
The most popular museum in Lisbon proudly displays one of the world's finest collections of historical carriages.
Cultural Centre of Belém
The largest cultural complex in Portugal, hosting opera, ballet, symphony concerts and much more.

Related Tours

Private guided tour of Beautiful Belém from Lisbon with skip the line tickets
Visit Belém to see some of Lisbon’s most famous delights, from UNESCO World Heritage-listed towers and monasteries to monuments, museums and famous custard tarts.
  • Visit the 17th century Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese monarchy for centuries
  • See the UNESCO-listed Torre de Belém, a seafront tower
  • Tour the Gothic Jerónimos Monastery for grand Manueline architecture
  • Marvel at the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument
  • Explore cultural treasures at the National Carriages and Maritime Museums
  • Try a delicious Pastel de Belém, Portugal’s famous custard tart
Set on the waterfront, beautiful Belém is symbolic of Lisbon’s seafaring past, once home to Lisbon’s shipyards and docks. It was from here that 15th-century voyages launched, blazing a trail of discovery across oceans to India, East Africa and Brazil. Discover Belém with an expert local guide on this four-hour tour, which takes in the area’s most historic landmarks.
Golden Age of Discovery
Belém is the perfect place to learn about Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery, where the 15th-century explorers set sail to discover new worlds. Today their voyages are commemorated by the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument. These discoveries gave rise to incredible wealth from Portugal’s new colonies, which funded Belém’s grand buildings, parks and leafy plazas. Take in views of the 17th century Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family for centuries and a prime example of English Baroque design.
Belém is famed for its remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 16th century Torre de Belém, a thin, stone tower which has become one of Portugal’s most photographed monuments. The gothic Jerónimos Monastery also claims UNESCO credentials, with its stunning Manueline architecture. To delve deeper into Belém’s history, you’ll spend some time perusing the Maritime Museum and Cultural Center of Belém as well as the National Carriages Museum, which boasts the biggest collection of royal carriages in the world.
Portuguese Sweet Treats
After your fill of Portuguese history, you can unwind by tasting a Pastel de Nata, the traditional Portuguese custard tart. These originated in Belém and have been sold on the steps of Jerónimos Monastery by the same bakery since 1837. Enjoy one of these delicious, iconic Portuguese treats for a small extra cost, while savouring the views of Belém’s beautiful monuments.

No visit to Lisbon would be complete without visiting Belém and this compact tour is the perfect way to get to grips with this historic neighbourhood and its ornate landmarks. 


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