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.
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