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Serralves

Rua D Joao de Castro 210, Porto 4150-417, Portugal
+351 808 200 543
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Ranked #12 of 70 Attractions in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Located in the heart of Oporto, the Serralves Foundation boasts a priceless heritage estate, comprised of the Museum (designed by the 1992 Pritzker... more » Owner description: Located in the heart of Oporto, the Serralves Foundation boasts a priceless heritage estate, comprised of the Museum (designed by the 1992 Pritzker prize winning architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira); Serralves Villa (a unique example of Art Deco architecture); and by the Park (winner of the “Henry Ford Prize for the Preservation of the Environment” in 1997). As a European cultural institution serving the national community, the Serralves Foundation’s mission is to raise the general public's awareness concerning contemporary art and the environment. Serralves offers a wide range of different eating alternatives, throughout the day –the Restaurant in the Museum, the Auditorium bar or the Tea House in the Park.The Serralves Shop presents a wide selection of Portuguese and international contemporary design products and the Museum Book Shop specialises in publications dedicated to contemporary art. Located in one of Oporto’s most prestigious zones, with excellent access from the historic centre and main thoroughfares, the Serralves Foundation is a unique place in the city - where art and landscape, culture and heritage converge in a contemporary vision. A Must-See for your trip to Oporto! « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was told that this is one of the most visited portuguese museums and after being there I understand why. The architecture of the museum building is fantastic, the garden area is really fascinating to walk by and to be surprised by mixed art pieces and the house is also very beautiful!We really enjoyed our time spent at Serralves museum.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

A stunning museum both inside and the gardens which are full of sculptures. Not only is this a great place to spent a few hours, it also has a lovely restaurant which does a daily very high quality buffet packed full of fresh and interesting dishes. This actually turned out to be one of the nicest lunches we had in... More

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Guids say here is the best exhibition of modern art in Portugal, allas, there is not much to see. Luckely we where on a Sunday, so tthe entrance was for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited Serralves on Sunday morning as it is free to visit from 10 to 13 on Sundays (bus 203 takes you exactly opposite the main entrance from the Casa de Musica bus stop not far from the metro). We were not too fond of the museum as we are not fans of modern art but the garden is really... More

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Best musean/zoo/green area you wil ever see. This great place can get you from amasing art galery to a visit to wild animals like bats for example. They have some workshops were you can see how they behave and even how they van see in the dark etc. You need at least 2 or 3 days to check it all.

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Linz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

On a recent holiday in Portugal we also visited "Serralves" (full name: “Fundacao de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporanea”) in Porto. Modern art always brings some surprises, but the best of this museum is its park and the surrounding areas. After combing through the expositions we had a pleasant stroll through the park, including some refreshments in the tea... More

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

take the time to visit Serralves - Porto - Portugal. allow yourself a walk trough the gardens, a visit to the exhibitions and ameal at the restaurant... you will remember ... there is a time (I think its june) that there is a 24/24 h weekend ... Try it

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Madrid
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The good: Although it is a bit out of the way from the major attractions in Porto it is worth the visit. We took the tram #1 in the morning and walked along the beach side before heading up to the museum and park. After being out in the sun the park is welcoming you with shadowed paths and different... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The gardens were lovely. I really liked the fact that they had live animals (bulls, chickens, geese and even a horse) as it brought a different perspective. The garden Aldo has a edible vegetable section which is maintained by school kids. Visually, there wasn't anything spectacular, but you can enjoy the scenery in a leisurely fashion. The modern art museum... More

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Burnaby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Admission is waived until 13:30 so it's not a bad way to spend a few hours. For the regular admission fee of 8.5 euros definitely not great bang for the buck. The museum content varies but was really scant in July 2014. The gardens are nice especially the small lake at the far end of the site.

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