Benfica Cosme Damião Museum Visit

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Benfica Cosme Damião Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and is located in the Luz Stadium complex in Lisbon.

The museum, named in memory of Cosme Damião (founder, player, coach and manager of Sport Lisboa e Benfica), was inaugurated on 26 July 2013 under the presidency of Luís Filipe Vieira and opened to the public three days later. July 29.

The building has an area of 4,000 m² and three floors accompanied by a huge display case with about 500 trophies.

The museum, divided into 29 thematic areas, contains a total of about 1,000 trophies won by different club modalities, and a collection of over 30,000 cups (of all kinds), as well as documents and audiovisuals relating to the history of Benfica, inserted in the socio-cultural context of Portugal.

  1. Yesterday and today
  2. Jewels of Eclecticism – International Trophies and Heroes of Sports
  3. Eclectic Pride – Official Modal Titles
  4. Unique Moments – Made of Eclecticism
  5. The “Cup” – The Portuguese Championship / Portuguese Cup
  6. Champions Always – The National Championship
  7. Forming to Win – Training Football
  8. Other achievements – Tournaments and other events
  9. Honoring the City – The Lisbon Championship and the Lisbon Honor Cup
  10. Tribute to the “Mestre” – The “Cândido de Oliveira” Super Cup
  11. Sow tradition – The League Cup
  12. Honoring the Country – International Achievements
  13. Journey to the Beneficiary Heart [ video ]
  14. Lisbon and Benfica
  15. In the way of time
  16. Other flights – Associations and culture
  17. Sacred ground – Territory, and Heritage
  18. “E Pluribus Unum” – Cosme Damião
  19. Eagles-Mundi – Foreign Footballers
  20. Eagles-Mores – Captains, Scorers, International
  21. My eleven – The usual team
  22. From Eagle to Chest – Players Album
  23. Unforgettable – The Benfica Football Stars
  24. The “Black Panther” and other legends – Eusebius
  25. Ball Masters – The Coaches
  26. Benfica universal – Tour and popularity
  27. Greater Honors – Honorary Distinctions
  28. Wheelmen – The Presidents
  29. Eagle’s Flight – A Century in 1000 Seconds [ video ]

Play Area (Floor 2): Reading space, children’s play area, penalty simulator, and eagles corner.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6542″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]When I say that the Benfica Museum was one of the most complete and exciting museums I have ever visited, I am neither lying nor exaggerating.

I have made two visits to the museum and there is always something to see, to know, to discover.

There are thousands of trophies, hundreds of photographs and dozens of jerseys spread over three floors in a welcoming atmosphere that leads us to travel in 1904, the year of the founding of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which started playing football on the first day, 28 February, and thereafter gradually embraced the practice of other sports.

On Level 0 you can start by seeing testimonies of the early years of the Club’s life. From football boots and footballs used at the time to documents that show part of the difficulties of the Club in its early life.

Also here, in contrast to the early days, the Club’s current status with last season’s trophies is shown. Those who made us scream and suffer in the more recent past.

Athletics, roller hockey, basketball, futsal, among others, also here show their fame at the highest level with the display of symbols of the 19 international achievements of sports that have enriched the history of the Club and national sport in different sports.

The trophies won by the Sport Lisboa e Benfica youth teams, the trophies won in tournaments and private events, the trophies of the extinguished Lisbon Championships and Lisbon Cup of Honor, or even the Cândido de Oliveira Super Cups played since 1979, cannot succeed. take your eyes off the exhibitor who crosses the three floors of the museum.

There are more than 500 trophies, symbols of the main national achievements of other sports practiced in the Club, besides football.

Cubism apart is undoubtedly something that impresses anyone.

This work demonstrates the position and prominence, both nationally and internationally, that the Club was gaining by building a house that never stopped growing. A house of which Benfica fans and the Portuguese sport are proud.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6543″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6544″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Occupying a good meter in one of the areas of this floor is an interactive table where you can discover some of the best moments that marked the life Benfica fans.

With videos between 1912 and 2013, 96 contents are available, from 24 modalities, honoring unique moments and their protagonists. That last basket that gave basketball another title, that unbelievable play by a hockey player and his fantastic goal, among many other moments.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6546″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6545″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Also on this floor, you can see the collection of 28 trophies won in what is considered the queen of Portuguese football, 3 of the Portuguese Championship and 25 Portuguese Cups.

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Right next door, trophies won in the National Championship. After reaching the first championship title in the 1935/1936 season, he no longer stopped in the sum of these titles and is currently the club with the most trophies won.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6547″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6548″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Unfortunately, I haven’t had the happiness to see Sport Lisboa and Benfica win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup yet, but I remember perfectly the 1989/1990 final where they lost to AC Milan 0-1. Funny how a child under the age of 10 already “suffered” and lived this sport with intensity.

But to compensate, we have exposed the 2 Cups corresponding to the 1961 and 1962 seasons, which projected the name of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and Portugal, across Europe.

In 1961, a 3-2 win was won against FC Barcelona with goals from Águas, Antoni Ramallets (own goal) and Coluna. In 1962, the victory was more expressive, 5-3, against Real Madrid CF with goals from Águas, Cavém, Coluna and two goals from Eusébio.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6549″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Before moving to the next floor, you can still watch the first audiovisual experience available at the museum.

This first video takes you on a trip to the heart of the Benfiquista fan using a lifting platform and a 360 ° video wall installation.

The platform goes up as the intensity of the images and sounds that pass through the video wall increase. It is an interesting audiovisual experience that conveys a little of the emotions experienced by the benefactors.

In the corridor that takes you to the top floor, you will relive some remarkable moments in Portugal, and in the World, while the Club was making history. What was Lisbon like in 1910 when the club celebrated its first regional football title? Or even events like the Great Wars, the first trip to the moon in 1969 or the year of the April 25, 1974 Revolution.

It is a trip back in time, through Portugal and the World, from the birth of the Club to the present day.

Now on the floor of the museum, we have the possibility to explore various themes of the relationship of the Club with the cultural universe, with various compartments and exhibitors to explore, from art to literature, bullfighting to the cinema, music to philately.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6551″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Here too we can learn about the transformation that the Club has undergone, throughout its history, with the various places where it had its headquarters and other services and recreation spaces, for half a century. After Belém, where the Club was born and played the first games, it passed through Benfica, Baixa, Sete Rios, Amoreiras, Campo Grande, and then back to Benfica.

Other prominent areas on this floor are the spaces reserved for Cosme Damião and Eusébio.

Cosme Damião, who also names the museum, was a player, captain, coach and manager of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. It was the soul of the club that was born poor and grew up at the sacrifice of many men for whom the dream commanded life.

Already in the space reserved for the “Black Panther”, we can watch a hologram of “King Eusebius” and the impact it had on football of his time. Magical, mythical and sensational. An athlete remembered by the Benfiquistas but also by the Portuguese people who saw him with the Portugal jersey. This space raises the veil of the memory of Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, and other legends that marked the history of the Club.

No less important than past club athletes, coaches and presidents have somehow left their mark, and they also have reserved areas in the museum.

Some of the coaches who passed by the Club even fulfilled the fate that was celebrated in the words of Mario Wilson who said: “A coach at Benfica risks becoming a Champion”.

From Cosme Damião himself, like Béla Guttmann who claims to have blown Benfica in European competition, going through Jimmy Hagan, Sven-Göran Eriksson or those 90s, in a dark phase of the Club, in which he had two hands full of coaches including José Mourinho.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6550″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Before finishing the lap on this floor, we return to the athletes who have already passed the Club.

In addition to being able to see through a digital encyclopedia all footballers who have represented the club, with the games played, goals scored from the most celebrated to the most unknown, can also create their ideal team, within this range of players who served the club.


I left my summons with my coaching dose inside me. There are always favorite players for one reason or another, and it is undoubtedly a challenge with so many good players who have already made it to the main squad.

Who can imagine what it would be like to have Eusébio, Rui Costa, Simon Sabrosa, Luisão, Mozer and Michel Preud’homme in the same team? Yes, these are some of my preferences, there is no hiding it.

But unfortunately, not the whole story is made up of joy and good times.

Who doesn’t remember that fateful night of 25 January 2004 when Sport Lisboa e Benfica went to Guimarães for another match of the Football Championship?

The game was being broadcast on television and Benfica were winning 1-0 with little more time to play.

Miklós Fehér was shown the yellow card for blocking a sidekick by a Guimarães player and then feeling bad, eventually falling lifeless on the field. Colleagues immediately became aware of the serious situation and I still remember the panic of some of them when they called on doctors to assist them.

Every second in cardiac arrest seemed like forever. Undergoing resuscitation maneuvers immediately, I could already tell the gravity of the situation.

There were several minutes when the player was assisted on the pitch and then taken to hospital. It was not yet midnight and Fehér’s death was confirmed. I was 24 years old.

The game ended there and the following days were intense with thousands of Benfica fans, and not only, paying tribute to the player who still had a life ahead. Thousands lined up at the stadium of Luz to say one last goodbye to Fehér.

The club made a memorial to the player, which is located inside the stadium’s Porta 18, and withdrew the number 29, used by Miklós Fehér at the time of his death so that no one else can use it in the future.

Her latest nightgown is also in the museum and is part of those memories we would rather not have.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6552″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Moving to the top floor of the museum, Level 2, we have the opportunity to watch another video in an amphitheater inside the dome that can be seen outside, with a capacity of 86 people.

Here you can watch the movie “The Eagle’s Flight, a Century in 1000 Seconds” (approximately 16 minutes long) with over 100 years of Sport Lisboa e Benfica history.

It is a video that takes us to the past, crosses the present, and transports us also into the future. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the museum visit, and I confess that I shivered at the sight of such a dance of sounds and images coupled with a whirlwind of emotions difficult to explain.

With the visit just over, they will also cross a play area with a children’s space, a penalty simulator for children and adults, and the eagles corner, created in partnership with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, which recreates the natural habitat of eagles, and is home to the Club’s living symbols.

The visit to the Benfica Cosme Damião Museum can be done in conjunction with the visit to the Luz Stadium, which will cause the entrance tickets to be reduced in price.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6553″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Museum Hours

  • Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • On match days (except European competitions), open until the start of the match.
  • Closed on 1 January, 25 December and on European competition match days at the Stadium.

Price Tables

Adult (14 – 64 years old inclusive) 12,5 € 10 € 17,5 €
Child (3 – 13 years inclusive) 5 € 4 € 7 €
Family* 25 € 20 € 38 €
Senior (over 65 years) 7,5 € 6 € 11,5 €
With REDPASS 0 € 0 € 0 €
Without REDPASS 0 € 5 € 5 €
Underage Paying 0 € 0 € 0 €
Underage exempt 0 € 2,5 € 2,5 €
Family * (with adult partner) 17 € 15 € 27 €


Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira
1500-313 Lisboa

Telf.:21 721 95 90
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