Museums in Cascais
Museums in Cascais
The Atlantic resort town of Cascais, at the mouth of the River Tagus, west of Lisbon, has a number of fine museums, making it worth visiting from Lisbon on a day trip or finding the time to stay for longer.
Casa das Historias Paula Rego
The Casa das Historias Paula Rego is dedicated to the paintings, drawings and graphic work of the UK-based, Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Set in a beautifully designed building by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto Moura (who also designed Braga Municipal Stadium and the Trinidade metro station in Porto), the Casa das Histórias is a great place to spend a couple of hours admiring the art and maybe stop for lunch or a drink in the pleasant cafe/restaurant.
Museu do Mar
The Museu do Mar Cascais (Museum of the Sea) in Cascais is situated adjacent to the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego and would appeal to people interested in marine biology and Portugal's profound relationship with the sea. The museum's building is the former Sporting Clube de Cascais, sponsored by King Carlos I (1863-1908), which was the venue for open-air games including tennis, cricket and the first game of football played in Portugal. Before his assassination in 1908, King Carlos I had a passion for deep-sea and nautical exploration and there are statues of the monarch scattered around Cascais where he liked to spend much of his free time near the ocean.
Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães
Museu Condes de Castro is located within the Parque Municipal da Gandarinha, close to the sea front. The building was once a mansion belonging to the counts of Guimarães. The exquisite interior of the Museu Condes de Castro Guimaraes displays original antiques including Chinese lacquered folding screens, azulejos tiles, ceramics, furniture, paintings, statues and jewelry. The Museu Condes de Castro Guimaraes is a fine example of "summer residence" architecture incorporating chimneys reminiscent of medieval palaces, fortified towers, Manueline arcades, Italian verandas, pointed arched windows, Byzantine domes and other features of Romantic architecture, mixed in with neo-Gothic and neo-Arab elements in the eclectic design.
Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum
Opened in 2007, the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum was designed by architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus. The structure consists of the 19th century lighthouse built over a 17th century fort. The museum highlights the history of the many lighthouses along Portugal's coast from the 15th century onwards and the life of the lighthouse keepers documented through diaries and videos.