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“A serviceable civic museum - but Evora's jewels reside elsewhere”
Review of Museu de Evora

Museu de Evora
Ranked #12 of 147 things to do in Evora
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The collections of the Museum of Evora consist of about 20 thousand pieces, which highlight the collections of Painting, Sculpture and Archaeology. Besides the aesthetic value and historical importance of many works, the only condition is the panorama of museums in Portugal, the fact that its core come from an eighteenth-century collection of great diversity and inclusiveness, organized by Frei Manuel of the Upper Room, Archbishop of Evora. It is in the organization of the collections system, in order to articulate all fields of knowledge, which expresses the thinking Library-Museum and its educational function in the second half of the eighteenth century in Portugal. This initial condition and this universalistic core also part of the collections of Numismatic unfortunately looted during the French invasions, the collections of drawings and prints, and the core of Naturalia, where they meet several specimens of Natural Sciences. The extinction of the religious orders contributed significantly to extend the estate, benefiting from the collections of Painting and Sculpture, and Decorative Arts with the constitution of several nuclei important as jewelery, ceramics, furniture and textiles. Conducting numerous archaeological excavations during the twentieth century, especially on the Prehistory and Roman times, has enriched the Museum's collection, deepening the relationship with the history of the city and the region.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We had heard, both in reviews and in the writings of one of Portugal's great writers Jose Saramago, that this is a very respectable museum for being in such a small city. Well, I beg to differ. First of all, it does, yet indeed, have some nice holdings. But the size of the collection is modest, and there wasn't anything that made our visit memorable. On the other hand, the rest of what we saw in Evora - the Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista, the Universidade, the Cathedral - was quite memorable.

So I guess what I am saying is you could skip this museum and you would not miss much.

Thank Charming_Karl
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

The museum is beautifully presented and covers the breadth of the heritage of ancient little Evora. For archaeology buffs, it is a must. Be sure to visit the paleolithic and megalithic collection downstairs.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

artifacts associated with the stone, bronze and iron age were on view - some associated with the megalith complex

lovely building with the glass floors and creative lighting

annoying were the out of control school kids yelling and screaming! happily they left after 15 minutes, peace and quite returned, perfect for quiet contemplation

enjoyable place to spend a few hours

Thank 1hker1
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This museum is fascinating and gives you a good feel for the history of Evora. It has some interesting artworks, roman artefacts and a nice little gift shop.

Thank Tessaca
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The Museum deserves more than five star for the display of Roman and middle age collection. Plan at least two hours and you will not be disappointed. Very close to Temple Diana

Thank Przeglad
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