Museu do Carro Electrico
Museu do Carro Electrico
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Sophie H
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Sorry to be leaving a bad review but we were really disappointed.
The museum charges €8 for each of us despite the website saying it's €4. The staff just shrugged and said it was out of date.
It's a lovely space but it doesn't take very long to walk round the museum. Definitely did not feel that we got our money's worth. Maybe more suited to avid tram fans.
Written June 8, 2022
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,874 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The museum of the "Carro Electrico" in Portugal, is located in the city of Porto on the border of the river Douro. The museum itself is not the largest, but it is pleasant to be there and enjoy the history of the exhibits from the history of the "Tram", and how people could enjoy them. There is the ground floor where the wagons are, and then on the first floor the machines that could provide the grid with the necessary electrical power for the proper functioning of their vehicles. To park the car, this is possible in the underground garage of the shopping center, just next to the museum, as a conclusion, small but worth a visit.
Written November 19, 2022
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L O
Wigan, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lots of lovely old trams on display really liked it. It is quite small and won’t take long to see everything. Got the tram line 1 and was able to get 30% of admission with tram ticket.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,992 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
If you love vintage public transit, this is the place for you. It is the former electric station, power station, and car barn for the region's streetcar system. The plaques inside will tell you the history of the system, and there are beautiful examples of the vintage cars. Don't miss the film of the ride on the current trams. Fun.
Written May 10, 2022
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Stephen J
Milton Keynes363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
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.
Written March 14, 2012
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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.
Written October 22, 2012
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Matilda815
London, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
Very interesting space for tram buffs. But the reception staff are a disgrace. The many occasions I have visited there has been a grumpy unhelpful man there to "help" you. Not one word of English! so not geared up to the many over seas visitors. He seemed annoyed that I had to cheek to try and ask for information. There must be many young students who could make could do this job in their spare time and make the visitor welcome.
Written March 16, 2013
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we deeple regreat for any bad attitude that our staf might have taken. We will try to have all the care to prevent future situations like this one that was surely an isolated case.
Written May 10, 2013
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Aranjuez1947
Redhill, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
On visiting Porto at the end of March I was very disappointed to find the tram museum closed owing to problems with the roof. A driver said it may not reopen this year. It would have been helpful if this had been clear on the website.

However the shop was open and like the previous correspondent I came across a rather grumpy member of staff, which made buying several items quite difficult until a helpful lady arrived (although I think she wasn't shop staff). Looks like they need a more marketing led approach. There seemed to be quite a few visitors so there is potential.
Written April 14, 2013
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we sincerely regreat for the desappoitment caused to our visitors. The Museum has already provided information in its website so that they are informed. The reason we are closed concerns the need to improve the reception of our visitors and exhibition of our colection, so, we expect to be brief and corresponde to your expectations in the fuutre.
Written May 10, 2013
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Aronnax150
Granada, Nicaragua65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
It astounds me that this museum is not more popular. The reviews are very mixed and the place was completely empty when we visited which comes as a big surprise.
The extensive collection of restored old tram cars and the space itself with much of the original machinery in place is something that is unique in my opinion. I'm not a 'train nut' but I still found this important piece of history really worthwhile. It provides a window into the past unlike most other museums. Seeing the tram cars 'in situ' made it a fascinating experience. I highly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Porto. I've read other reviews saying that the museum is far or out of the way but we walked there along the river from the city center and enjoyed that as well.
Written May 25, 2017
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Katsouna
Macclesfield, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
At 8 euros each I thought a little expensive (there are cheaper prices for pensioners and kids) but it turned out to be a great way to spend an hour or two. All the old Trams are all kept in immaculate condition and there are informative story boards in various languages. It is a roomy venue and we were lucky as there were few people there so we could take some good pictures. If like me you know nothing about the history of trams it is well worth a visit.
Written November 7, 2017
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
When you want to entertain a 7-year old boy, you probably can’t go wrong with trains or trams. This proved to be the case when we visited the Porto Tramcar Museum with our grandson.

To get to the museum, we rode the #18 tram from the stop opposite the Carmo Church. I was instantly struck by the age and beauty of the vehicle. Built in 1930, tram #218 exudes the style of a bygone era with it’s wooden interior and orange padded seats. The open windows allowed a gentle breeze to flow through the tram as we trundled and rattled down the streets to the riverside. The pleasant ride was over too soon, as we pulled up outside the Tramcar Museum. Definitely a great way to set the scene for what you are about to see inside the museum.

General admission into the museum costs 8 Euros for adults but we were able to take advantage of the family rates – 5 euros for adults and 4 euros for accompanying children. So, our total admission for three came to 14 euros. Very reasonable.

The Museo do Carro Electico (or Tramcar Museum) aims to provide an exhibit where history and technology intersect to show the evolution of the electric tram network of Porto that, in the first 45 years, was fed by energy produced by the century-old Massarelos Thermoelectric Power Plant. To that end, the museum is split into two sections. The ground floor displays a number of trams that operated in Porto over the years. The upper level houses the Sala Das Maquinas (Machine Hall) where the electricity generating machinery is displayed.

The tramcars in the display hall are arranged so that the older cars are viewed first, leading to more recent models and then the working cars. Signage for each tramcar includes a description in Portuguese and English. Some of the tramcars have closed doors but visitors can climb aboard any of them that have open doors. This provides a great interactive experience, especially for children.

The tramcars were an interesting way to spend a couple of hours and our grandson loved being able to climb onto several of them. Definitely worth a visit for any family with young boys.
Written July 15, 2017
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