Museums and cultural spaces that you can't miss in Portugal (24 suggestions)

Discover, with Excelente, some of the museums and cultural spaces that mark the Portuguese cities.


Portugal presents several museums and cultural spaces. The Serralves Museum, the Côa Museum, the National Museum of Ancient Art and the Portalegre Tapestry Museum are some of the museum spaces you should visit. If you decide to know the different cities of the Portuguese territory, you cannot miss the places that preserve and promote the traditions and heritage of the different municipalities.

Viana do Castelo Costume Museum

The Costume Museum of Viana do Castelo introduces the goods that characterised  the life and culture of the high Minho and still do. The museum presents the costumes and the different professions that existed in Viana do Castelo.

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Gil Eannes Ship

The Gil Eannes ship was used to support the Portuguese cod fleet. After the fleet was decommissioned, the ship began to degrade, until it was restored and opened to the public. The Gil Eannes Ship allows visitors to come into contact with the traces and spaces of vessels.

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Museum of Image

Located in one of the towers of the old mediaeval wall of Braga, the Museum of Image is composed of a database of images from the Aliança Archive. The museum also hosts temporary photography exhibitions, guided tours and workshops.

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Palacio do Raio

The Baroque style and blue tiles of the Palácio do Raio stand out in the city of Braga. People can visit the entire Palace and the different exhibitions. At the Palace, visitors can venture through the history of André Soares and Carlos Amarante, two architects who marked the city and the experiences of the monument. People can also immerse themselves in the history of the Brotherhood and Mercy of Braga. One of the points not to be missed in the palace is its staircase.

Palace of Raio

Pottery Museum

The Pottery Museum, opened in 1995, offers nine thousand pieces from Barcelos. According to the museum, this “has as its main vocation to study, document, preserve and disseminate the collections of pottery it holds, as well as to support and collaborate in the safeguard, study and dissemination of the national pottery heritage”. The museum features Exhibition Rooms, Documentation Centre, Workshops, Reservations, Restoration Room and the Museum Shop.

Source - City Council - Pottery Museum

Serralves Museum

One of the most beautiful places in Porto is the Serralves Museum, which you can visit for free on the first Sunday of each month, from 10 am to 1 pm. You can take the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Park, visit the architectural spaces and discover the exhibitions of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

Serralves Museum

World of Discoveries

At World of Discoveries, you can get to know the Discoveries that marked the globalisation of humanity. The space also invites you to discover “the city where Infante D. Henry was born, the man who gave new worlds to the world”. The Discovery Park is located in Lisbon.

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Côa Museum

The Côa Museum, located in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, was inaugurated in 2010. The space introduces the rock art of the Côa and Douro valleys. The museum also functions as a reception centre for researchers who want to analyse the Côa.

Côa Museum

Portugal dos Pequenitos

Portugal dos Pequenitos is a must stop for those who decide to visit Coimbra.In the Park you can explore the Regional Houses, Portugal Monumental, Além o Mar, Insular Portugal and Coimbra - all in miniature. The Costume Museum is also something you can explore in this city for the little ones.

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Monographic Museum of Conimbriga

The Monographic Museum of Conimbriga displays the ancient city of Conimbriga, the Ruins and the Museum. In the museum, visitors can get to know objects of everyday use and the old town planning. The museum features parking and a restaurant.

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Machado de Castro National Museum

The Machado de Castro National Museum consists of two floors and pays homage to Joaquim Machado de Castro, a famous regal sculptor. For the Municipality of Coimbra, “the Machado de Castro National Museum is one of the most important museums of fine arts and archaeology in the country, which presents important collections of painting, sculpture and decorative arts, covering a history of more than two thousand years”.

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Lourinhã Museum

The Lourinhã Museum presents three thematic areas, Ethnography, Archaeology and Paleontology. The museum displays information about the region's heritage and offers a visit to the remains of dinosaurs and other living things. The museum has two complementary museums: one with the exhibition “Here the Atlantic was born” and another inserted in the PDL - Lourinhã Dinosaur Park.

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Portalegre Tapestries Museum

At the Portalegre Tapestries Museum, you can discover the Portalegre tapestry. According to the museum, “the Portalegre tapestry is an original work of art, unique for its intrinsic qualities and the technique used to translate the painter's card”.

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Mafra National Palace

The Mafra National Palace, located in Mafra, Lisbon, consists of the palace, a convent and a library. The well-known Convent of Mafra has 1,200 divisions. Along with the rooms and decoration, visitors can see the paintings, sculptures and jewellery.

Mafra National Palace

Pena Palace

The Pena Palace is an authentic diamond in Serra de Sintra. From colours to architecture, the setting looks like something out of a movie. Each corner of the monument perfectly represents the Romanticism that characterises Portugal and the eternal legacy of Ferdinand II, the Artist King — known for his irreproachable culture and the fact that he spoke German, Hungarian, French, English, Spanish, Italian and, of course, Portuguese.

Pena Palace

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira, also known as Quinta da Torre, is divided into seven points of visit: the Initiatic Well, the Palace, the Chapel, the Walks of the Gods, the Guardians Portal, the Initiation Well and the Underground Walkways. Since 2002, the space has been classified as a Public Interest property due to the gardens, lakes, caves and the enigmatic environment in which it is immersed.

Quinta da Regaleira

Modern Art Center - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Center for Modern Art brings together several works of the most representative artists from the 20th century to the present day. The museum also has works by international artists and Armenian pieces of art. The Modern Art Center presents about nine thousand pieces.

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National Tile Museum

Considered one of the most important museums, the museum is dedicated to tile. The National Tile Museum encompasses the tile production from the second half of the 15th century to the present day. In the museum, alongside the tiles,  you can also find pieces of ceramics, porcelain and faience from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

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Ajuda National Palace

The Ajuda National Palace is a former royal palace. This palace is the only one in Lisbon that features the decoration of the 19th century.. The space also has a collection of decorative arts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Ajuda National Palace is located high on the Calçada da Ajuda.

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National Museum of Ancient Art

The National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA), located in Lisbon, “houses the most relevant Portuguese public collection, including European, Africa and the Eastern painting, sculpture, jewellery and decorative arts”. According to the museum space, the museum presents the largest number of paintings, sculptures and pieces of decorative arts.

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National Coach Museum

The National Coach Museum is located in Belém. The space presents the most important collection, in the world, of royal coaches and carriages from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. “More than a museum, the project works as an urban infrastructure, which offers 'public space' to the city”, explains the venue’s website.

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Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Located in Lisbon, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) hosts several exhibitions and can be enjoyed for its own architecture. If you want, you can also visit the Tagus Central and the gardens of the EDP Foundation Campus.

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Sines Museum

The Sines Museum is located in the interior buildings of Sines Castle. In the museum, you can find an exhibition of the most relevant pieces of the region's heritage. Casa Vasco da Gama is part of the Museum of Sines and shows the biography of the famous Vasco da Gama.

Source - City Council - Sines Museum

Faro Municipal Museum

The Faro Municipal Museum aims to gather, preserve and disseminate material and immaterial testimonies that make the municipality of Faro known. In this space, you can learn more about the history and traditions of the county.

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Museums and cultural spaces that you can't miss in Portugal (24 suggestions)
Museums and cultural spaces that you can't miss in Portugal (24 suggestions)