The church of Sao Francisco is one of the most beautiful in Porto, and although you have to pay 3 € to enter it also gives you access to the church museum which displays various religious elements within a very nice, small palace with a large living room that shows you how to decorate a house with antique style. The underground catacombs of the palace have many corridors and even an altar. In one corner there's a fence to view bones stacked in a pit - creepy. A nice addition to visiting the church, which makes it highly recommended during a visit to Porto.
This museum is dedicated to the tram as Oporto was the first Portuguese city that had this type of transport. It's in the former Central thermo-electric of Massarelos, whose operation is also part of the museum content. The museum has restored several old tram machines and other support vehicles that circulated in the city since September 12, 1872. Interestingly, they can be rented. Admission is € 3.50 and it can be visited Tuesday-Friday 10.00-12.30 and 14.30-18:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 15.00-19:00
This chapel is attached to one of the ancient gates of the city of Santiago. It was built in a Rocco style in 1755 by Andre Soares. The visit allowed us to get to the top of the tower, where we could see, in addition to the history of the city and its evolution, a collection of antique items as typewriters, telephones, sewing machines, cameras, coins, stamps , etc ... For a higher price admission to the Museum Pio XII is included, but you can get them separately if you wish. We didn´t like the visit too much, the history of the city is told on interactive screens are very slow and usually you aren´t visiting for such a long time. The best is no doubt the views of the Braga.
This palace-museum is on the street leading from the Igreja do Pópulo to Arco da Porta Nova, and has been declared Property of Public Interest (IPP). It was built in the seventeenth century to house Dr. Constantino Ribeiro Lago (then one of the most illustrious personalities Braga) and was renovated in 1712 by Francisco Pereira da Silva, commissioning works by famous architect Manuel Fernandes da Silva. It's baroque consisting of 2 bodies joined in an L shape, with 2 entrances, one for people and one for carriages, its facade is linear and has multiple windows on the ground floor and balconies on the top. The museum exhibition shows how it was a palatial building in the eighteenth century and the lifestyle of the nobility. Furniture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, musical instruments, transportation, prints, sculpture carvings, tiles, paint, etc. from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries can be seen. You can also visit the palace gardens (10,000 m2). Entry fee: € 2 but free on Sundays and holidays in the morning. Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10.00-12.15 and 14.00-17.30.
This huge, modern, white granite building belongs to the Faculty of Sciences and has 3 visitable halls dedicated to archeology and prehistory, zoology and mineralogy. Admission costs € 1.50 and the funds are the property of the University. The building draws much attention for its modernity, especially the part with columns on one side. The entrance is through a staircase, where there are several doors and several large white granite sculptures. It's directly opposite the Park of La Cordonería (Cordoaria) between the Carmelite Church and the Chapel of San José de Taipas.
The Amarante Museum is installed in the Dominican Convent of Saint Gonçalo. It was founded by Albano Sardoeira in 1947 and one of its leading representatives is the Portuguese painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918). His work is one of the most prominent in Portuguese painting, and supposedly was the precursor of modern art. Like any museum that aims to promote the Art of the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to the permanent exhibition, it also houses temporary, thematic or monographic exhibitions. In fact the museum has two spaces for small exhibitions (design, photography, video) and another room for larger temporary exhibitions. Every two years the Museum organizes the Prix Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso covering various artistic expressions.
In the central Camoes Square, surrounded by major landmarks of Chaves (the Castle, the Mother Church and City Hall), is the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which since 1978 houses the Museum Flaviense region. It is a historical and archaeological museum, which displays objects from the prehistoric times, military culture, the Romanization of the region ... Just as a modern art exhibition artist Nadir Afonso. Entry fee: € 1 Hours: Monday through Saturday, and 14-17.30h 9-12.30.
This museum is in Republic Square, opposite the monument to Caramuru, in a corner building that was formerly the headquarters of the Bank of Portugal. It's an ethnographic museum, based, as its name suggests, on the exhibition of costumes used throughout history, both regionally (in the Alto Minho) of Viana, as a representative element of culture of the region. The museum also conducts educational activities for schools and has temporary exhibitions. Admission is € 2. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00, June-September until 19:00.
Traditional Silverware Museum is situated on the side street that goes from Republic Square to Cathedral. Although the outside of the building as a museum may go unnoticed, it is more like a jewelry setting, but it is worth stopping in it to see the jewelry (necklaces, earrings, pendants , etc.), and other pieces of religious jewelry as chalices, crosses ... There are also other objects made by Portuguese filigree technique (considered the best in the world). The exhibition also includes the instruments with which these parts are made, and explains the process of manufacturing. Admission is free. Hours: Monday to Friday 10-13.30pm 14.30-19h. Saturday 10-13h.
Installed inside a fourteenth century tower, next to Arco da Porta Nova, this museum is only for photography. The building, although rebuilt in the nineteenth century, was part of the old medieval wall, and has 3 floors with several rooms dedicated to temporary photography exhibitions. When I was there, there was an exhibition of historic photos of Braga. Admission is free. Timetable: Saturday and Sunday: 14.30-18.00, Tuesday to Friday: 11.00-19.00.
The vestry of the Church of San Fructuoso (and an adjoining room) house a small archaeological museum that displays various objects such as pottery utensils, bronze, coins, etc. that were found in this area (there was a monastery here in the seventh century). The visit is free but you are not allowed to take pictures and there's a guard, access is via a door in the side of the altar. Moreover, in the vestry has magnificent fifteenth century furniture, with typical cajonería and an altar with a Crucifix.
In a building by architect Alvaro Siza is one of the best collections of contemporary art in Portugal, it's worth going through the building and urrounding areas, there are also exhibitions of great cultural value, a library, forum,bookstore and a large green area.
This historic building was the former palace of the municipality and currently houses the Museum of Modern Primitive Art. The museum has a collection of "art Naif" painting that is characterized by the absence of perspective and color. The building is fourteenth century and was later remodeled by architect João Lopes de Amorim. The ground floor comprises a porch that connects the two most central and emblematic squares of the historic center: The Largo da Oliveira and Praça do Santiago. Admission is free and the hours are Monday-Friday 9-12.30 and 14-17.30.
The Pottery Museum of Barcelos (Museu de Olaria) was created in 1963 after the donation of a valuable pottery collection by the ethnographer Joaquim Selles Paes de Vilas Boas. The collection was extended and finally opened in the present building in 1995. You can see all kinds of pottery created by Portuguese artisans and potters. The exhibition space is 2,000 square meters and 3 large rooms display more than 7,000 pieces. It also has meeting and educational rooms, an auditorium and cafeteria. Admission is € 2.20 and visiting hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 17:30 and weekends from 10 to 12.30 and 14 to 17.30.
This building, situated on the waterfront in the estuary of Cávado, was recently recovered by the Forum Esposendense, a public utility institution created in the year 1989 to promote the study of social, economic and cultural aspects of the municipality. The establishment has many activities: museum (exhibitions), auditorium, library maritime headquarters Forum and drafting of a local magazine. It also still provides maritime rescue services (which was actually its original function).