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Museu dos Biscainhos, Braga

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The Biscainhos Museum is located in the palace with the same name, in Sé, Braga, Portugal.The BuildingThe building dates possibly from the late 16th century and like others manor houses, the edifice has undergone many restorations and additions over the years. However, the dominant period is that of the 18th century, displaying exquisite interiors with walls in azulejos and ceilings with beautiful relief stucco work and paintings of this period. The baroque framing of the palace is provided by the magnificent gardens.The MuseumThe museum exhibits, on a permanent basis, collections of Decorative arts, integrating areas in which the atmosphere of the 18th century Northern Manor House is recreated.In the collection there is furniture, ceramics, European and Oriental porcelain, European Glass, European and Portuguese watches and clocks.The GardensThe magnificent gardens, decorated in a remarkably interesting style, were built at three levels, surrounded by a wall with buttresses and sentries, like a 16th-century fortress. Among the vegetal species present, stands out a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), contemporary of the initial plantation.
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  • A spectacular Palace. Visit it makes you feel in another era and the entrance fee is also very economical. The Guide and the rest of the staff were very friendly. Note also the gardens, which are precious.
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  • This House of the XVIIIth, remained almost in its own juice, despite no endemic furniture. With this visit, we walk in the Portuguese colonies. Missing only the people of the time, their clothes, their sounds and rituals.
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  • This is s small museu with a beautiful garden, all in barroco style. The access to the garden it´s free. 
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  • If you want a calm and relaxing place, came here. Bring a blanket and just lay down on the grass and enjoy.
  • A perfectly preserved living portrait of the life of an 18th century upper class family. Also, if you're just looking to stroll, there's no admission fee to visit the beautiful gardens.
  • Very interesting and informative museum
  • No audio guide in English
  • Lugar muito bonito e com histórias interessantes. O jardim é maravilhoso e pode ser visitado de graça. No jardim pode-se ver a maior e mais antiga tulipeira de portugal, com mais de 350 anos!