The Best Museums & Art Galleries in Portugal ♦ Art galleries and museums are excellent reasons to plan a vacation with the ones we love the most, especially in Portugal. In our country, art has always been part of our language and History. This is why today Secrets From Portugal brings you some proposals for museums and galleries where you can appreciate the best and most enriching that Portugal has to offer. Do not miss the opportunity to get to know our culture through this unique and timeless perspective.
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Mário Sequeira Gallery
Mário Sequeira Gallery was inaugurated in 1994, in the district of Braga. Besides having a main building and a contemporary space with 900 square meters, it also features a sculpture park. The Gallery has hosted exhibitions from some of the biggest international names in the industry, including Andy Warhol, Richard Long, Franz West and Nan Goldin, as well as collective exhibitions, such as Gerhard Richter, Tim Noble, Sue Webster and Gilbert&George
Address: Quinta da Igreja, 4700-803 Parada de Tibães, Portugal
Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum
This exceptional museum is dedicated to contemporary art and it was designed by one of the best architects of the country, Álvaro Siza Vieira. Built in 2016, the museum is located in the right bank of the Tâmega river, in the city of Chaves. Its permanent exhibitions are mainly works of art by the Portuguese painter Nadir Afonso. The museum’s main exhibition spaces are developed in parallel, where one is illuminated by a continuous skyler and the other is open to the river.
Morada / Address: Av. 5 de Outubro 10, 5400-017 Chaves, Portugal
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego
The Casa das Histórias Paula Rego is a stunning museum located in Cascais. It was designed by the prestigious Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. It was created in order to promote the extraordinary work of Paula Rego, an extremely skilled visual artist. The museum has permanent exhibitions featuring Rego’s work and another two temporary ones throughout the year. The exterior of the building is comprised of two towers in a pyramid-shape, several bodies in red concrete and it’s surrounded by trees. Various features of its structure are a reflection of the regional architecture, with a contemporary reinterpretation.
Morada / Address: Av. da República 300, 2750-475
Fernando Santos Gallery
Founded in 1993, the Galeria Fernando Santos, located in Miguel Bombarda’s street, in Porto, is known for having a wide variety of art galleries throughout. This gallery, in particular, is specialised in contemporary art and it was developed with the mission of supporting projects from new Portuguese artists as well as to make known the work of some of the most influential names in the international art scene.
Address: Rua de Miguel Bombarda 526,
4050-379 Porto, Portugal
Soares dos Reis National Museum
Nestled in Palácio das Carrancas, the Soares dos Reis National Museum is located in Porto and is a museum exclusively dedicated to the beaux arts and decorative arts of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, as well as archeology. As a whole, the museum possesses more than 13.000 pieces, including 3.000 of drawing and painting. This museum full of history and culture is considered the oldest museum in Portugal.
Address: R. de Dom Manuel II 44, 4050-
014 Porto, Portugal
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)
Built in 2016, MAAT interconnects three distinctive areas which are art, architecture and technology, within a creative space which aims to open an international dialogue and to develop one’s critical thinking. The museum was designed by the London-based design atelier, AL_A, managed by Amanda Levete. MAAT presents a wide variety of exhibitions from national and international artists alike with focus on contemporaneity.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal, Portuga
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is located in the renowned institution of the same name, in Lisbon, and opened its doors back in 1969. Alberto Pessoa, Pedro Cid and Ruy de Athouguia were the authors of this project. The museum is comprised of a collection with approximately six thousand pieces of ancient and modern art. It presents two independent circuits, one dedicated to Oriental and Classic Art and another exclusive of European art.
Morada / Address: Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interactive Megalithic Museum
The Megalithic Museum was created in 2016 as a way to promote and value the megalithic heritage of Mora, in the district of Évora, affirming the historic-cultural memories of its people. The Museum highlights four buildings, including the Estação de Mora, all of which are interconnected by an outdoor metallic gallery. The building was conceived through the brilliant collaboration of CVDB Arquitectos, Tiago Filipe Santos, and P-06 Atelier. The Museum exhibits numerous presentations of archeology in 3D, among other interactive media.
Morada / Address: Largo dos Caminhos de Ferro, 1 7490-220 Mora, Portugal
Atelier-Museum Júlio Pomar
Located in Lisbon, the Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar specialises in the preservation and dissemination of the various expressions and aspects of the work of Júlio Pomar, an illustrious Portuguese painter. Its mission is to start a dialogue and critical reflection around contemporary arts and cultures, through a diverse range of events and exhibitions.
Morada / Address: R. Vale 7, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal
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