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Tropical Garden

Initially known as the Agricultural and Colonial Museum, it was established by decree-law in 190. The original facilities were in the Zoological Garden in Benfica. In 1912, the museum was granted land that belonged to the Belém Palace enclosure and also to the Calheta Palace for establishment of a Colonial Garden/Museum.

The museum was not opened until 1929. On the occasion of the Exhibition of the Portuguese World (1940), the gardens were extensively remodelled for the recreation of spaces depicting the life of the ethnic and cultural groups that made up the Portuguese Empire at the time.

The Garden and Palace are now under the care of the Institute for Tropical Science Investigation and occupy area of some seven hectares.

Bibl.: "Belém" by Isabel Corrêa da Silva and Miguel Metelo de Seixas, published by Junta de Freguesia de Sta. Maria de Belém, 2000