Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Shigamm
    London, United Kingdom1,287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent old Roman ruins
    Fantastic old Roman ruins that have been so well preserved, it is fantastic to see. I loved this part of the museum. The museum is spread over 5 floors, it is a little like a maze at times so it is really lucky that they have very helpful staff positioned around the place to help guide you towards the correct floors and spaces that you can see.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • PS00011
    Sedona, Arizona273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum...unique experience
    This museum, as others have noted, was a great surprise. We have visited some of the great Roman sites in other countries, but here, we were basically all alone walking through these extensive underground ruins. Where else can you do that? Inexpensive with a high quality audio guide, we found this museum a really cool experience. The audio guide could have been a bit more extensive but was very well done. The remainder of the museum has much to see too, although we kind of adjusted our speed based on our interest levels in those other items. But all well organized, in a cool old building with a great view over the city and the river. Walked away feeling we had learned much about the history of this interesting city. It's right across the street from the University, and wandering through there was ultra cool as well. Highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Matt V
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of fascinating exhibits supported by well-informed staff
    There is a lot to see in this museum. The walk through the Roman cryptoportico that forms the foundation of the building itself is fascinating. There are many impressive sculptures, including some unusual terracotta examples. One of the attendants gave an interesting interpretation of some of the Christian works.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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kindredspirits
Minneapolis, MN1,084 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a rainy day so we popped in here and were pleasantly entertained. Some of the artwork was interesting, as were some of the more than a few of the statues....but the part we enjoyed the most was strolling through the old Roman Ruins upon which this place was built. Pretty amazing stuff to see and consider.

And if none of this impresses you, there are free and clean WC's here.....so keep that in mind as you stroll past : )
Written February 1, 2020
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Aegin
New York City, NY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We spent an afternoon here and learned more than I ever thought possible about ceramics, sculpture, painting, furniture, and precious metals.... but you could spend much less time and still have a wonderful experience. The building has its own unique historical significance, which makes it even more fun.

If you visit any time in the near future (I'm writing this in mid-August 2021), don't miss the photography exhibit by Jorge Baceras, which depicts "his people" in rural areas in the style of Renaissance paintings. Incredibly compelling!
Written August 14, 2021
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PS00011
Sedona, AZ273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This museum, as others have noted, was a great surprise. We have visited some of the great Roman sites in other countries, but here, we were basically all alone walking through these extensive underground ruins. Where else can you do that?

Inexpensive with a high quality audio guide, we found this museum a really cool experience. The audio guide could have been a bit more extensive but was very well done. The remainder of the museum has much to see too, although we kind of adjusted our speed based on our interest levels in those other items. But all well organized, in a cool old building with a great view over the city and the river. Walked away feeling we had learned much about the history of this interesting city.

It's right across the street from the University, and wandering through there was ultra cool as well.

Highly recommend!
Written December 19, 2023
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Nicole S
Boston, MA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We spent about 3 hours here (which includes taking lots of pictures) and could have easily spent more time browsing everything. The Roman ruins are fascinating, sculptures/paintings are beautiful, and altarpieces quite unique. The audio guide provides a lot of information in English, and there's a decent collection of furniture as well.
Written November 1, 2022
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Thank you for your review and interest in Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC)! Kind regards, The MNMC Team
Written November 23, 2022
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RafikiLondon
Hong Kong, China522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The external view of this museum is best described as unassuming. However, when you enter the museum you will understand that the museum has had to protect its 2000 years of history in a special way. Starting from the Roman base the museum reflects the importance of Coimbra through the Visigoth-Suevi, Moorish and late medieval periods. The exchanges of the Portuguese Empire are also represented. The museum includes stone and wood carvings, textiles, glass and ceramics, gold and silver work and wonderful paintings.
Written August 15, 2022
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Thank you for your comment and interest in Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC). Kind regards, The MNMC Team
Written September 19, 2022
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Shigamm
London, UK1,287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Fantastic old Roman ruins that have been so well preserved, it is fantastic to see. I loved this part of the museum.

The museum is spread over 5 floors, it is a little like a maze at times so it is really lucky that they have very helpful staff positioned around the place to help guide you towards the correct floors and spaces that you can see.
Written August 12, 2023
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Allan T
Toronto, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Essential if you want to understand the history of this ancient university town and Portugal as a whole. The museum stresses Roman art and artefacts, heavy on Christian paintings, paintings and other objects worth seeing. You need at least an hour here, 90 minutes preferrably, to absorb it all on several floors, starting with the ruins in the basement to the upper floors. I agree with much of what the other reviewers say and add that this is a must-see in Coimbra. One thing I did not try was the patio, but it looked good.
Written June 1, 2023
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MEhinger
Sacramento, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This museum walk begins with a tour through the original Roman ruins beneath several later Christian churches. Upstairs, the collections are very well displayed and include mostly religious relics saved from churches and other sites in Portugal and Coimbra over the centuries. They cover sculpture, painting, wood carving, terra cotta, ceramic and precious metal work. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop.
Written September 15, 2022
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Dear MEhinger, Thank you for your comment and interest in Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC). Kind regards, The MNMC Team
Written September 19, 2022
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johnpguildford
Guildford, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
As you enter the museum you are directed down some stairs into areas that were built in roman times to even up the hillside for the forum. The engineering skills etc are quite outstanding there are no mosaics but the area is large and very interesting particularly where subsequent generations have reused the brickwork for stables and the foundation of the bishops palace. The rest of the museum has galleries of sculpture and portuguese religious art all of which are well worth seeing. There is a fantastic view over the lower city and the river from the restaurant terrace.
Written September 24, 2022
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Thank you for your review and interest in Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC)! Kind regards, The MNMC Team
Written October 6, 2022
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is a magnificent museum for both its collection and its presentation. The highlights are the sculptures going back to the 11th century and with a large array of works by Jean de Rouen, and the ecclesiastical treasures that have been amazed from local monasteries and churches each presented in perfect lighting in individual "boxes". There is also a selection of some fine Flemish and Portuguese paintings and lots more including church robes, carpets, ivory from Goa etc.
The museum was surprisingly empty so the viewing was first class. You should visit Coimbra if you have the chance and then you must come here.
Written October 16, 2022
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Thank you for your review and interest in Machado de Castro National Museum (MNMC). We await your return! Kind regards, The MNMC Team
Written November 23, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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