Machado de Castro National Museum
The collections of this museum, in Coimbra, showcase the richness of the Church and the importance of royal patronage, both of which account for a large number of works of art and religious objects on display. Noteworthy are the monochrome and polychrome sculptures, in wood and stone, featuring the best Flemish workmanship and the evolution of Portuguese schools from the Middle Ages through to the 18th century. Also worth mentioning are the paintings, gold and silverware, ceramics and textiles, both imported and made in Portugal, the archaeological collections from the city of Coimbra and the oriental art.
The museum opened its doors on 11 October 1913 on premises that had been built between the 12th and 18th century to accommodate the bishops of Coimbra and that were converted into a museum. Outstanding in this museum are vestiges of a cloister from the “condal” period (c. 1100-c. 1140) and a 1st century cryptoporticus that is considered the most remarkable surviving Roman construction in Portugal.
The museum is named after the Coimbra artist who worked as a royal sculptor during the reigns of D. José, D. Maria I and D. João VI. He was the most remarkable exponent of 18th- century sculpture in Portugal.
Having completely reopened at the end of 2012 – following a project of rehabilitation and expansion by the architect Gonçalo Byrne –, the museum has all it takes to be regarded as a trip down memory lane where the past meets the present.
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- Governing body:
- Lurdes Craveiro
- Endereço: Largo Dr. José Rodrigues 3000-236 Coimbra
- Lat: 40.2088183482031 Long: -8.425376495106548
- +351 239 853 070
Urban Bus: SMTUC com paragem no Museu: nº.s 28, 34, e 103.
Last ticket 15m before closing.
Closing days: monday, tuesday (morning), 1st january, Easter sunday, 1st may, 4th july and 25th december.
Encerrado: Segunda-feira e nos feriados de 1 de janeiro, domingo de Páscoa, 1 de maio, 24 e 25 de dezembro.
Standard Ticket: -6,00 €
Criptoporticus: 3,00 €
Thematic visits (reservation): 3,00 €
<12 Years hold: Free
Ticket audioguide: 7,50 €
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The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays for residents in Portugal.
Children aged 12 and under*
Unemployed EU citizens*
Visitors with reduced mobility (60% disability with documents to prove it) accompanied by one attendant.
ICOM, ICOMOS and APOM members
Researchers /conservators/restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals during the course of their work*
Cultural associations (exclusively for groups of friends of museums, monuments, palaces, castles and archaeological sites)*
Volunteers working for the DGPC with one accompanying person*
European Heritage Days (Sunday)
International Day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April (exclusively for DGPC Monuments)
International Museum Day - 18 May (exclusively for DGPC museums and palaces)
Late-night Museums and Thursday Nights (access restricted to activities organised by the DGPC)
Tourism professionals upon presentation of a proof of registration with the RNAAT
Journalists during the course of their work* with prior notice
DGPC employees* with 3 accompanying persons
Teachers and students of any level of education, including universities for senior citizens, during study visits duly proven, and upon prior reservation confirmed by the relevant Dependent Service*
Groups of accredited Portuguese welfare institutions or social work departments of municipalities or other public interest institutions. Prior approval is required from the DGPC executive board.
* Proof of entitlement required.
Visitors aged 65 or older* - 50%
Student’s card (not for study visits) - 50%
Youth Card - 50%
Family ticket (1/2 adultos + 2 menores children under 18) - 50%
Protocols with third party institutions - 20%
Purchase of over 250 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice – 7.5%
Purchase of over 500 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 10%
Purchase of over 1000 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 15%
Advance reservation required for groups exceeding 50 persons.
Concessions for bulk tickets will not apply to Combined Tickets.
All concessions applicable to individual tickets will apply to Combined Tickets and guided tours, except for guided tours after closing time.
Advance purchase vouchers are valid up to one year.
Concessions cannot be combined with any other offers.
Smoking or eating is not allowed during visits.
* Proof of entitlement required.
Last change: 20 May 2021
Rede Portuguesa de Museus
A Rede Portuguesa de Museus (RPM) é um sistema organizado de museus, baseado na adesão voluntária, configurado de forma progressiva e que visa a descentralização, a mediação, a qualificação e a cooperação entre museus.
A Rede Portuguesa de Museus é composta pelos 161 museus que atualmente a integram. A riqueza do seu universo reside na diversidade de tutelas, de coleções, de espaços e instalações, de atividades educativas e culturais, de modelos de relação com as comunidades e de sistemas de gestão.