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“A wonderful museum, highly recommended!”

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Ranked #5 of 95 things to do in Coimbra
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is one of the best museums I have seen in recent times, built over what was once the Roman forum. The modern building is of an outstanding design, unobtrusive yet offering amazing and surprising vistas of artefacts as one wonders around. There are pictures, sculpture, fine art, archeology and religious objects from antiquity to the modern age displayed in a pleasing an informative manner, with outstanding and very well written English as well a Portuguese descriptions. The subterranean Roman foundations are particularly memorable. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank jpfSydney
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Near the entrance to the old University, this recently re-opened museum is absolutely wonderful. The basement area has some interesting Roman catacombs, but the real pleasure is the new museum building which displays a nice collection of predominantly medieval art. Built on multiple levels, the new museum is not visible from the street. It is discreetly hidden behind an old courtyard and loggia. The architect did what I.M. Pei and so many others have failed to do -- the building is beautiful but it enhances rather than upstages the collection.The new museum restaurant and terrace have great views over the town and river. Strongly recommended.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

MNMC is situated up town at the "Alta " opposite Se Nova . It reopened in 2012 after being redesigned by the architect Goncalo Byrne. As soon as you enter the courtyard the contrast between old and new is striking and the view over old Coimbra, with the University Tower and the roof tiles against the blue sky is breathtaking .

Besides the Roman remains , the museum has a wonderful collection of sculptures , paintings , ceramics , gold and silverware . For many people the highlight still is the Roman site , but for me the stone sculptures are the real "attraction" . I highly recommend a visit to this brilliant Museum .

There is a nice cafe and restaurant , beautifully designed , which serves a buffet lunch at a very reasonable price ( 7 euros ) .

1  Thank Mia T
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Museum has recently undergone a major remodelling and the result is a resounding success for architect Gonçalo Byrne. Situated on the site of the forum of Aeminium, the Roman subterranean structure is awe inspiring in size and it provides the foundation for a sumptuous collection of Portuguese paintings and sculpture; oriental art, ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, gold and silverware and European paintings. It was interesting to see in the Oriental Collection, the donations made by the poet Camilo Pessanha and the politician and writer Manuel Teixeira Gomes. The building was a little difficult to navigate but the staff were always on hand to show the way. The Museum Café has a great view over monumental Coimbra. The projects for people with disabilities and with Alzheimer´s disease show an innovative and constructive way of using this magnificent space.

Thank lynne b
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

An impressive visit to the roman city center. The museum is really cool to visit, but was difficult to understand what the guides were saying.

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