Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis (National Museum Soares dos Reis)

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Rua D. Manuel II 44

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Castles/Palaces, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Founded in 1833, the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis was Portugal's first public art museum. Art lovers will appreciate the expansive collection housed here, as well as the ornate building itself. Occupying a former royal residence, the museum features much of the work of its namesake, António Soares dos Reis, including his famous marble sculpture, "O Desterrado" ("The Exiled"). Inside the museum you'll find a vast selection of Portuguese paintings and sculptures from the 16th to 20th centuries created by a variety of artists. The museum also features furniture, jewelry, fabric work and glassware. Recent visitors noted they were pleasantly surprised at both the beauty of the extensive collections and the regal building, calling the museum "a real gem."

Tickets for admission to the National Museum Soares dos Reis cost €5 EUR (about $7 USD) for adults and €2.50 EUR (about $3.50 USD) for children, seniors and Porto Card holders. The museum is open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Admission on Sundays is free until 2 p.m.) You'll find the museum on Rua D. Manuel II, less than a mile northwest of the Church of Saint Francis and Stock Exchange Palace. The Aliados station on the D (yellow) line is the nearest metro stop; from the metro, it's a little less than a mile walk southwest to reach the museum. For more information on the National Museum Soares dos Reis, visit the facility's website.

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