Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Coimbra
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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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  • A nice surprise the Machado de Castro Museum in Coimbra. Awesome place, great collection and great guides. The visit to the cryptoporticus is a must. The Roman ruins are well preserved and really impactful. The Museum restaurant is excellent. Worth the visit!
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  • A Museum a must-see for those who will get to know the region, because it talks about the period of Roman occupation gave rise to the name of the city of Coimbra
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  • Stunning space with a huge area, gives perfectly to occupy the whole day with the visit. Recommended to visit as a family, without haste.
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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!