Housed across the road from the former royal riding school near the River Tagus in Western Lisbon, the National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) maintains and displays an impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages. These gilded state and promenade coaches date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, many from the Royal House of Portugal.
Observing the collection chronologically gives visitors an overview of the evolution — both technological and artistic — of transportation from horse-drawn vehicles through to the first motor cars.
Besides the coach collection, the National Coach Museum displays ceremonial and processional items related to equestrian sport, as well as several portraits of the Portuguese Royal Family.
The National Coach Museum offers free entry on the first Sunday of every month.