On May 23, 1905 the “Royal Coach Museum” was opened in Lisbon by Queen Amelia of Orleans and Bragança, Princess of France, who married King Carlos I of Portugal.
The world’s first coach museum set in the former Royal Riding School, the National Coach Museum is specifically adapted to hold a unique collection of coaches, berliners, carriages, litters and sedan chairs, all splendidly decorated, from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
On May 23, 2015 the National Coach Museum’s collection moved to a brand new building by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize, a new reason to visit this extraordinary collection.
The coaches were transferred from the baroque setting of the old riding arena – the former museum - to a clean and neutral space, with the aim of bringing the vehicles to the fore, allowing them to stand out against a white backdrop. The new museum opened doors 110 years after the birth in the Royal Palace’s riding arena.
Now, it is possible for the public to explore the singular and valuable collection of coaches dating from the 16th century to the early 20th century. It shows an evolution that is not only stylistic but also technical, right up to the auto-mobile.
The new museum includes an area for the conservation and restoration of vehicles which contributes to the development of technical treatments, preventive conservation and the restoration of this kind of heritage.
New spaces have been planned to welcome and help visitors, includeing a cafeteria, a restaurant and a museum shop, along with the expansion of designated areas for the Education Service and the Library and the Archives. The new auditorium is a valuable new space to cultural activities related to the work of the museum.
In the old Coach Museum - the most visited in Portugal - a reduced number of vehicles remain on display and new temporary exhibitions are planned.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am. To 6 pm. (tickets sold up to 5.30 pm)
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December
This beautiful palace, built in 1890, is notable for its medieval-inspired tower. Its owners, the Count and Countess of Castro, donated it to the city of Cascais. Since 1931 it has housed the municipal museum, which features Portuguese gold and pottery from the XVIII and XIX centuries, Portuguese and Indo-Portuguese furniture, Chinese vases from the XVIII century, a library and an interesting organ cabinet from 1753. It's in a strategic position, only separated from the sea by a road, and it has a small private beach, accessed underground by the highway. Leaving the palace, there is the chapel of San Sebastian and a large city park with a mini zoo. Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00.
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.
The Roman Museum in Lisbon is on the hill of San Jorge Castle. The facade is seventeenth century but the exact date of its construction is unknown, it was also amended during the twentieth century by the addition of another floor. It can be visited Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00. Admission is free. The collection itself is not of great importance, but it has a terrace from which there are beautiful views.
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
It is a modern, very spacious rooms, ready to host art exhibitions, concerts, with a good store of memories and a pavilion for the Berardo Collection Museum, where we saw some excellent exhibitions of contemporary art with sculptures, videos, photographs and paintings . In chapter video projection, we saw one that began with the projection on the floor of the room of the silhouette of a mouse running around her and, one after another, you were incorporating many similar shapes to form a real tangle of mice running around the room. In another room we could see projected on three walls and various photographs of the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic in the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, held in Paris in 1937. A truly endearing memories of Spanish artistic production during the civil war.
The Machado Castro National Museum is named after the Portuguese sculptor Joaquin Castro Machado. Born in Coimbra in the eighteenth century he was the royal sculptor during the reigns of Joseph and Joao VI and Queen Mary I. It opened in 1913 and became the National Museum in 1960 (for the quality and diversity of its works). It's in Upper Coimbra down some stairs, right where the Cathedral or Sé Nova is and it occupies what was formerly the Episcopal Palace - you must see it if you go to the University of Coimbra. On Sundays and holidays it's free until 2pm.
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Conimbriga Monographic Museum is perfect to better understand the lives of the Romans in these parts. If you visit Coimbra you have to make room in your itinerary. After seeing the Roman site of Conimbriga (both found on the same site), so you don't have to miss out, with entry costing €4 which includes a visit to both the ruins and also the museum. It is a small museum full of attractions. It has many objects which were recovered in the excavations that have been happening here from the late 19th century. It is divided into different themed rooms. They have found terracotta lanterns, jewellery, personal beauty utensils, talismans, bowls and dishes, coins, stuccos, sculptures, mosaics, frescoes and other tools. They are all very well preserved, and offer a glimpse of what was already developed at the time as you only have to look at the tools and pots. An interesting result is the forum with scale 1:50, if you let your imagination fly a bit you will soon feel the ebb and flow of the inhabitants.
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.
Very close to the marina and Faro is the Casa de Santa Maria is a historic residence which accommodated the Counts of Barcelona and the Duke of Windsor, among other royal families. The coolest thing is the very quiet swimming pool. You can visit the house. Some days there's an exposition.
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.
The Caramulo Museum is the car museum that I visited last year (2008). Many of the cars there have a direct link to the history of Portugal. Its collection was started by Joao de Lacerda in 1955 when he purchased a 1925 Ford. Since then, he has increased his collection massively, leading to the Museum of Caramulo as we see it today. The Museum has a permanent display of 30 motorcycles and 65 cars representing 36 brands in 7 countries. The oldest is a 1886 Benz and the most recent is a Porsche. Included among the display are a Peugeot 1899, Bugatti, Mercedes armored Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, etc.. Well worth visiting if you are in the Sierra de Caramulo. In front of the museum there is a four star hotel with great pools, especially the indoor one, although the outside pool is a bit small. Http :/ / www.Minube.Com/rincon/31885
Inside the Cathedral Church, at it;s feet, you'll find a staircase lined with gorgeous embedded tile from the seventeenth century, accessing the cathedral museum. Up the first flight of stairs is a landing from which you can view the interior of the Cathedral from up above. The museum consists of several rooms, where sacred art objects, figurines, carvings, paintings, clothing and liturgical objects are on display.
Across from the Roçadas Alves park is the former Episcopal Palace and Seminary Guard, now housing the City Museum, the Culture House and the headquarters of the GNR (National Republican Guard). The Episcopal Palace was built by Nuno de Noronha in 1601, and expanded in 1763, as can be read in the many inscriptions on the facade. The building is structured around a double cloister arcade. On the second floor you can see the shield of Bishop Lopo de Sequeira Pereira and an inscription. The [b]Museum[/ b] is very interesting and has two floors. The first floor deals with the region's historical-geographical development, with archaeological pieces and medieval sculptures. The second floor hosts the ethnographic section (which I liked), which displays traditional pieces of grazing and agricultural life, textiles, baskets and ceramics. There is also a section of the region's painters and sculptors, and a room dedicated to the armoury, military uniforms and weapons from the various Portuguese wars. They open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and again from 14:00 to 17:30. No photos are allowed.
The Municipal Museum Dr. Joseph Formosinho is attached to the Church of San Antonio (National Monument). It was founded by José dos Santos Pimenta Formosinho in 1932. It's a very interesting museum, the exhibition is divided into different sections: Archaeology, Sacred Art, History of Lagos, Algarve Ethnography, Painting, Numismatics, Overseas Ethnography and Mineralogy. It can be visited Tuesday-Sunday 9.30-12.30 and 14-17. Admission is joint for the church and museum and costs 2.60 € per person.
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.