Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Coimbra
(4.7/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
The National Museum Machado de Castro is an art museum in Coimbra, Portugal, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It first opened in 1913 and its latest renovation, which included the addition of a new building, was awarded the Piranesi/Prix de Rome Prize 2014.Museum's historyThe Machado de Castro Museum is one of the most important art museums in Portugal. It is housed in the former Bishop's Palace. This palace was built from the Middle Ages onwards roughly on the site where the Roman forum of Aeminium (Coimbra's roman name) once stood. The remains of this distant past, the Cryptoporticus, can be visited on the lower floors of the museum.CollectionsThe bulk of the museum's collection is made up of items from churches and religious institutions in the area surrounding Coimbra. The collections of sculpture (the most extensive of all the national museums of Portugal), painting, precious metals, ceramics and textiles are especially noteworthy.ArchaeologySculpturePaintingApplied arts
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  • If you like sacred art, this museum is indicated to you, there's endless rooms of sculptures and paintings based on the Bible stories as well as Saints linked to Catholic Liturgy. But the interesting part of the Museum is even the Cryptoporticus. Worth seeing those ruins beneath Coimbra from Roman times. If you're claustrophobic, of course, consider not to go.
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  • I was impressed with the visit to the cryptoporticus and not only. The parts that the Museum houses are very beautiful, are well arranged and organized, making the visit very enjoyable. The restaurant is simple but also very nice, with a beautiful terrace. Excellent for a cup of coffee and enjoy a local pastry. It was an afternoon well spent.
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  • Very interesting Museum, exhibitions devoted to the culture of the country ... knowledge ... wonderful sculptures ... worth it.
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  • Absolutely outstanding. The building's design is breathtaking and the exhibitions are amazing and very cleverly organized. If you only have time to see/do one thing in Coimbra this is it. Highly recommended.
  • Excellent museum that covers Portuguese National Art and Culture. The Roman Crypto Portic is something outstanding.
  • The collections inside are so beautiful and well displayed with all the introduction in both Portuguese and English, need almost a day if you want to appreciate them in details. There's also an well recovered Roman remains as a beautiful showroom under the museum.
  • We went there for a drink and to enjoy the view. It was nice !
  • Super big nice art and a nice building!