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A visit to this museum was on my to do list for a trip to Tomar after reading TA reviews but after arriving in town on a Saturday afternoon and being diverted on Sunday by a town-wide Templar festival involving parades, hog roasts, camels and...More
By the train/bus station is a large white building that includes a church and inside is a courtyard with a matchbox museum on the left and a tile pottery on the right.
The former has 7 rooms with 80000 matchboxes from around the world all...More
The museum presents room after room after room, all displaying one man's life-long collection of matchboxes. The organization is almost entirely geographic. What's lacking, from the perspective of this philatelist and philatelic exhibitor, is any explanation of the significance of what one is looking at....More
It's not about matchboxes! It's a glorious representation of a history of the world, told through beautiful graphic design on the faces of matchboxes. Difficult to describe the feelings & emotions this museum evokes, unless you experience them for yourselves. It's free entry and is...More
I found it very interesting and special type of museum
There is a craft shop in front of it and it is located just few meters away from the train station
The lady who was working there speak fluent English and she was welcoming and...More
Located in a courtyard of a huge old building that sadly needs maintenance.
Few people have an interest in match boxes but if you do this is the best in the world.
Biggest collection in the world and displayed well
Not for everyone!
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Like nearly every other museum in Portugal, it's closed Mondays. The current edition of Lonely Planet's Portugal guide says 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That may well be right; however, my recollection (which isn't always that... More
Like nearly every other museum in Portugal, it's closed Mondays. The current edition of Lonely Planet's Portugal guide says 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That may well be right; however, my recollection (which isn't always that trustworthy) is that they close for about an hour at mid-day for lunch.
It's located very close to both the train and the bus station. If you get into Tomar by bus or train, just have your taxi driver stop at the museum quickly as he's taking you to your hotel and look at the notice board in front of the museum.