Founded in 1913, this important Portuguese museum of art is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace. Before you head in and see the collections, take a moment to appreciate the courtyard and the building. It has been a place of importance for over 2000 years! Here, has stood an administrative center for the Roman city of Aeminium, the location of an 11th century Christian temple and a 12th century Episcopal palace.
Inside, the highlights of the museum are:
- Ancient artefacts from the roman city of Aeminium.
- Portuguese and European sculpture from the 10th - 18th centuries.
- Religious jewellery and precious metalworks from the 12th - 18th centuries.
- Portuguese paintings from the 15th - 18th centuries.
- Portuguese decorative ceramics from the 16th - 20th centuries.
- Portuguese furniture from 16th - 19th centuries.
- Miscellaneous collections of ancient books, glassware, metals and oriental art.
- Drawings, sketches and portraits from 19th - 20th century.
Next, head to the basement of the palace for an ancient treasure - the Cryptoporticus. It’s a Roman-era artificial platform constructed to serve as the base for the forum of the city of Aeminium, which was the Roman city that once existed here.
The museum also carries out research, preservation and restoration projects.
Check out the museum shop and restaurant.
Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro Travel Tips
- Disabled accessible.
Entrance Ticket Details For Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro
- Audioguide: EUR 7.50
- Criptoportico EUR 3
- Thematic visits: EUR 3
- 50% discounts for 65+ years of age, students, kids and families.
- 40% discount for the disabled and their carer.
- Group guided tours: EUR 60 for guide + admission ticket (Double price for guided tours outside of opening hours)
- Free on Sunday.
- Free for under 12 years of age, unemployed citizens of the EU.
How to Reach Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro
- Drive to Praça da República and park there.
- Walk to here.
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Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro Reviews & Ratings
Having visited many museums, I've gotten a bit fatigued with them. However, this one was definitely worth the visit. The visit begins with the crypts which in itself is an interesting experience. I also loved the replica internals of a church that is displayed with the artwork. This museum truly makes use of its space well as throughout the visit, you get to see views of the city.
this is an incredibly well designed and curated museum where history is intertwined with lovingly restored art. you start in the Roman ruins below and climb slowly but not through ages, instead through mediums. architecture, sculpture, paintings, relics, tiles, textiles, all perfectly balanced, dramatically displayed, and with much focus on the artists and stories. one of the best museum experiences in memory.
An incredibly well designed museum with so daring employees. Spend time there
A must see in Coimbra. Incredible amount of historical artifacts here! The crypts under the museum were amazing.
Amazing architectural complex that solve in a really good way a modern volume that embedded an historycal building and part of a church.