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Quirky place

We loved it. Very interesting matchbook. Nice way to spend an hour. Very friendly staff. Nice find... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
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quirky and nostagic

By the train/bus station is a large white building that includes a church and inside is a courtyard... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
william m
Paris, France
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Rua Gil Avo 14, Tomar 2300-580, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

well ....I encountered a rather unsympathetic lady, with an open entrance door she yelled at me its closed till 2pm ....strange since all other people in town were really friendly and nice but …..

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank otmarwbaertl
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We loved it. Very interesting matchbook. Nice way to spend an hour. Very friendly staff. Nice find in Tomar.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vagabondgolfergirl
Reviewed 12 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank william m
Reviewed 6 November 2017

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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank O705OQdavidf
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Amazing collection of more than 43000 matchbox from the whole world. The boxes are presented on special boards spread out in many rooms. The collection is attractive also for elders and youngsters.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank MeirU2
Reviewed 24 July 2017

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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 17 June 2017

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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Mohammed_Liswi
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Who hasn't collected matchbooks? Or used to, when matchbooks used to be made? This is the hoarder's dream.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank SeattleRoamer
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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!

Date of experience: December 2016
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Response from O705OQdavidf | Reviewed this property |
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