Do you like visiting cities where you can explore places with history? Porto is the ideal place for you!
Museu da Cidade is a museum under constant construction and on the scale of the city. Made up of 17 stations, it extends from the Reservatório, located in the Pasteleira Park - the westernmost station, Biblioteca Sonora, in the city centre, ending in Bonjóia Manor, in the future Extensão da Natureza, in the easternmost part of the city.
Join us on a cultural itinerary so as not to miss any of these spaces:
Reservatório is the first station of the Museu da Cidade. It gathers artefacts, remains and fragments found in excavations or collected from buildings and monuments in the city.
The unique space of this former water reservoir has been transformed into an archaeological station where you can find a museum, a workspace, and a living reserve with archaeological remains. Travel through space and time, go through different ages/times of the historical and prehistoric periods, corresponding to different artifacts or fragments dating from these periods: Contemporary Era and Modern Age, Medieval Times, Roman Times, Iron Age, Bronze Age and Palaeolithic.
Casa Marta Ortigão Sampaio
Housed in a 1958 modernist building, Marta Ortigão Sampaio HouseCasa Marta Ortigão Sampaio evokes the environment that surrounded the life of the bourgeois family of Ramalho Ortigão, famous collector and patron of Porto. Station 2 of the Museu da Cidade features collections of paintings, jewellery, a library specialising in art books, French, English and Indo-Portuguese-influenced furniture and other decorative art pieces.
In this museum you can also find works of Portuguese naturalism by Silva Porto, Carlos Reis, Malhoa, Roque Gameiro, among others, and an important collection of paintings, drawings and photographs by Aurélia de Souza, one of the most unique Portuguese artists of her time.
Tait House, also known as Quinta do Meio and rehabilitated in 2017, is situated in an extensive green landscaped area. A former residence house preserves aspects of the life of the wealthy British community, who inhabited the western part of the city during the late 19th century. Protected by high walls and accessible through a narrow alley, or through the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal, station 3 of the Museu da Cidade opens its windows over the gardens, a small forest and a panoramic view of the Douro River.
Today, Casa Tait expands its original purpose from a green space of refuge from city life into a space for work and a meeting place. The space is open according to the programme, but access to the gardens is free.
Extensão do Romantismo
The Romantic Extension, formerly the Romantic Museum, housed in Quinta da Macieirinha, an 18th century country house that belonged to the Pinto Basto family, opened as a museum centre in 1972, with the aim of showing the atmosphere of a nineteenth-century bourgeois house, a characteristic period in Porto.
Station 4 is considered the central station, a place where you can ponder on the impact of romanticism in the city of Porto. It includes a green area comprising the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal and the Gardens of Tait House and a wide view over the river and the sea.
Porto is strongly marked by the romantic spirit and is where it is best and most lastingly expresses itself in the Portuguese context. Visit the Extensão do Romantismo, and find out which lineages we have inherited from romanticism.
Station 5, located on Rua de Entre Quintas, in the building of a former Primary School between Tait House and the Romantic Extension, is the point of confluence and irradiation of the entire educational project of the Museu da Cidade.
In the area surrounding this station you will find the vilar stream, an open-air section in the vilar valley. Entrequintas is open according to the programming dedicated to schools and families.
Bank of Materials
The Bank of Materials, housed in the Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, built in the mid-18th century and open to the public since 2010, is station 6 of the municipal project. A national trailblazer and an award-winner in 2009 and 2013, it promotes the safeguarding of materials that characterise the city's image, collecting them from dilapidated buildings, to be demolished or altered, in order to later return them to the city.
In this space you can see decorative and constructive elements from the buildings of Porto, such as tiles, including Hispano-Arabic examples and a great diversity of patterns from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The Bank of Materials also has a set of street name plates collected on the public road, various wood, iron and stonework artefacts.
Casa Guerra Junqueiro
The house was acquired in 1934 by the daughter of the poet Guerra Junqueiro and donated by her to the Porto City Hall in 1940, together with the poet's artistic estate. Station 10 of the Museu da Cidade, recaptures the ambience and the original arrangement of objects in the house where the poet Guerra Junqueiro lived in Porto, exhibiting collections of ceramics, metal, jewellery, sculpture, furniture and textiles from periods ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Focusing on the decorative arts, each object highlights a particular interest when it evokes its time and carries a genealogy. At Casa Guerra Junqueiro you will also find the Gabinete de Desenho, a space for temporary exhibitions dedicated to drawing.
Extensão do Douro
Located in the heart of Ribeira, on the bank in front of Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, the Douro Extension occupies the former Port Wine Museum and expands its range, now thought of as an outpost of the wine region in the city of Porto.
At station 11 you can taste wine with the river on the horizon, discover the Gabinete do Vinho, a place for social gatherings. Here, you will deconstruct the idea that Porto is a mere customs house, but rather a place where wine matures and rests. At the end of the visit, set out to discover this demarcated region.
Casa do Infante
Built in 1325, the Casa do Infante, station 12 of the Museu da Cidade, is thus named because Henrique the Navigator was presumably born there.
The building, one of the oldest in the city, was also the largest in size, especially due to the two towers built in the 14th century, which have long since disappeared. The national monument has served different purposes over time, it was a residence for official visits to the royal house, the old city's Customs House and the Casa da Moeda. In the 1990s the house was restored and, as a result of archaeological excavations, remains of modern, medieval and Roman occupation were revealed. The mosaic floors, among other discoveries, indicate that it was also the dwelling or small palace of a wealthy citizen in the Roman period. At Casa do Infante you will also find the Gabinete do Tempo, a space for temporary exhibitions dedicated to thinking about and translating the city as a large, living and dynamic archive.
In this place, reading is listened to, making it accessible to people who are blind or have difficulty handling objects. The users of station 13 will be able to access more than 1680 recorded books online, for a total of more than 18,100 hours of digital sound.
Just like the city, its museums are in constant progress and renovation, so the remaining stations will open very soon, Rio da Vila, Casa dos 24, Archaeological, Ateliê António Carneiro, Extensão da Indústria, Extensão Matadouro and Bonjóia Extensão da Natureza, with some still under construction or rehabilitation.
Tickets to enter each of the city's museums cost €4 and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday, between 10 am and 5:30 pm. Admission is free on Sundays.
Planeie a sua viagem
Dotada de uma rede de acessibilidades em franca expansão é possível chegar facilmente à cidade de avião, autocarro, automóvel, barco, comboio ou metro.
O Porto é um dos destinos turísticos mais antigos da Europa e a riqueza do seu património artístico, o Vinho do Porto, os vastos espaços dedicados ao lazer e a sua vida cultural são apenas alguns dos motivos que convidam a visitar a cidade.
Aqui encontra alguns dados essenciais sobre o Porto, bem como a referência a vários serviços públicos e privados disponíveis.
É fácil deslocar-se nos limites da cidade com recurso aos transportes públicos ou em viatura própria ou alugada.
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