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“Distinctive slice of Porto history; take a tram ride as well” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museu do Carro Electrico

Museu do Carro Electrico
Alameda Basilio Teles 51, Porto 4150-127, Portugal
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Ranked #65 of 73 Attractions in Porto
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Tramcar Museum in Porto has its exhibition closed during a long period of works in the structure of the building. We apologise for that and promise to be fast on our reopening.However the museum has others activities inside the tramcars for schools and agencies working with groups of tourist.
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“Distinctive slice of Porto history; take a tram ride as well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Located on the estuary riverside in a prominent old power station/tram depot. Records Porto's tram and trolleybus history and is located on two of the three heritage tram routes (1 and 18).
Courteous staff. Quality contents in shop and English language guide book. Some small items a bit pricy in Euros. Personal audio guides are well worth using (they're free) but exhibits have display boards. Fantastic range of beautifully preserved trams and a trolleybus. Toilets and self-service cafe area machines (my city guide said there was a staffed cafe). Slightly understated displays of uniforms, ephemera, ancilliary kit but the trams make up for that.

Next door is the operating tram depot that houses the retained heritage cars for the three routes - 1, 18, 22. There are a range of ticketng deals for the museum and the tram rides. Tram 1 is the longer route along the estuary and passes the museum. The 18 starts/stops at the museum (1/18 tram stop slightly upstream of the museum) and runs up a hill into the city proper, connecting with the 22 tram that tackles steeper hills and ends up at the funicular. The 18 and 22 are quite short routes. All three routes interconnect at -15min and - 45min past each hour so the tram riding can be quite time efficient. They are marketed as the 'Porto Tram City Tour' but are three distinct routes useful to and used by the locals as well as tourists.

Kids will enjoy running around the museum but only school groups seem to get an actor input to bring the past to life? A good effort by dedicated staff in the face of a sweeping modernisation that would've seen all this history swept away: the new Light Rail vehicle network is also worth trying.

Visited March 2012
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museucarroelectrico, Collections Manager Department at Museu do Carro Electrico, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your accurate description and good opinion on the Tramcar Museum of Porto.
We are always available to perform with actors for a group of visitors. Our plays are dedicated for children and for grown up visitors also.
So if you have the chance to visit he museum again, please feel free to program a guided tour and see the actors performing.
We will be very pleased to see you again.
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