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Museu da Fundacao do Coa

Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
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The prehistoric rock art is unique to this location, placing it alongside Lascaux and Altamira... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2014
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Rock-Art in the Valley of Côa River in Northeastern Portugal

The prehistoric rock-art open-air paleolithic archaeological sites of the Côa River Valley attract... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of Palaeolithic engravings along the river’s banks, extending all the way to the River Douro. This zone has been made into Portugal’s first Archaeological Park. This Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2 December 1998. This entire open-air art collection, which buries the old myth of rock art only existing in caves, is exhibited in the Museum through original pieces of movable art, replicas of “rock panels” and interactive zones that use modern digital technology. The art can also be viewed in loco on organised visits to the valley with specialised guides (advance booking required). Visit also (no advance booking required) the Museum which provides an overview of the Ice Age Coa Valley rock-art, its archaeological context as well as magnificent views over the Coa and Douro rivers. Museum opening times: High season: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM; Closes at lunchtime (01:00 PM - 02-00 PM) in low season from the 20th of October until the last day of February. Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
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Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
+351 279 768 260
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Reviewed September 16, 2014

The prehistoric rock art is unique to this location, placing it alongside Lascaux and Altamira. The museum and art gallery should be visited first to gain an understanding of the work. The interpretation of prehistoric art is also first class, and the work beautifully curated....More

4  Thank DudleyandJulia
Reviewed September 8, 2014

The prehistoric rock-art open-air paleolithic archaeological sites of the Côa River Valley attract a multitude of tourists every year. And be prepared: there are thousands of engraved drawings dated from maybe 22.000 years BC - and it may be quite hot in the Valley. There...More

2  Thank LuizDutraNeto
Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have been here with my family and we were not able to visit the sites because the high temperatures for my baby. I think we have learned a lot in this great museum!

2  Thank Patimac
Reviewed June 18, 2014

We didn't have the time to take the actual site tour (you need to book these in advance and there are only two a day), but we found the museum to be an excellent alternative. They have laser-scanned many of the rock art pieces and...More

2  Thank Isambard40
Reviewed June 16, 2014

The museum has a beautiful modern architecture perfectly integrated in the landscape. It is worthwhile to do the guided visit to the museum before going to the park and visit the sites on the river bank. It is mandatory to book both visits: to the...More

2  Thank Filipa_Campilho
Reviewed April 13, 2014

This museum is very well designed and a pleasure to visit. If you enjoy rock art or just want to know more then this place is a must.

1  Thank Zaharajack
Reviewed January 31, 2014

An unforgetable experience for adults and children ! I recommend you to visit first one of the sites (Penascosa, for instance, during the morning), and afterwards the very modern Museum, plenty of multimedia devices, with one of the excellent guides, that will take you in...More

4  Thank J_M_Arnaud_46
Reviewed December 30, 2013

integrated in the national Foz Coa archaeological park, is one the the largest sites in europe in what concerns open aire ancient art. You should not miss the oportunity to visit it. You can visit 3 sites with professional guides, and on top you have...More

2  Thank pnm_10
Reviewed November 9, 2013

The museum website is excellent - unfortunately, the museum itself contains very little that's not on the website. A very large building with very little content. Likewise the site tour was unimpressive. Scratched rocks. I realize this may be of historical and cultural importance but...More

2  Thank DEAinATL
Reviewed October 25, 2013

After a little bit of difficulty we found this museum, just a few km´s out of town. It´s a super-modern building but somehow it really fits into the breathtaking setting. Parking is right out front and inside is cool and roomy. The displays are very...More

2  Thank 70COWANG
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August 20, 2015|
Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Hi, you will need to take the Douro line from Porto to Pocinho (see CP site for Porto/Régua/Pocinho timetables). Then you either take a taxi from Pocinho to the Museum or a bus from Pocinho to Foz Côa and then a taxi to the... More
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August 9, 2015|
Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Thanks for your message. As we only operate visita to the Park and Museum, we would recomend talking to a travel agency for details on a day trip to the Park. We believe these are available by train, boat or rented car.
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