Museums in Coimbra
Museums in Coimbra
The historic city of Coimbra in the Beira Litoral region of Portugal has a number of fine museums.
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
The Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro is set within the former bishop's palace in a 12th century building constructed over the extensive Roman foundations of the Cryptoporticus. Located close to the University of Coimbra and across the street from the Sé Nova, the Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro is a must-see for people interested in classical Portuguese art and outstanding Roman relics.
Coimbra Science Museum
The Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra Science Museum) displays the historic collections of several faculties of the University of Coimbra, which were merged in the present building in 2006. The large collections include astronomical and scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as exhibits relating to the fields of anthropology, botany, mineralogy, medicine and zoology. The museum owes much to the reforms of the teaching and study of science at the University of Coimbra carried out by the Marquis de Pombal in the 18th century.
Conimbriga Museum makes for a fitting finale to a tour of the ruins. The museum contains a wealth of objects excavated from the site and is divided into four galleries showing objects from daily life, public architecture, domestic architecture and religion. The museum has a superb collection of Roman coins (around 10,000 were found on site), pottery, household objects, weapons, glass, statues, tombstones and jewelry (some of which seems remarkably modern in style).
Núcleo da Guitarra e do Fado de Coimbra
Housed in the Torre Alto, part of the city walls, on the hill up to Coimbra University, the Núcleo da Guitarra e do Fado de Coimbra is dedicated to fado music in Coimbra and the Portuguese guitar that accompanies it. Musicians, singers, guitar makers and composers are all featured along with examples of classic Portuguese guitars.