Machado de Castro National Museum, Coímbra

Visit this art museum and discover one of the most important sculpture collections of Portugal.

Machado de Castro National Museum, Coímbra
Machado de Castro National Museum
© Vítor Ribeiro

The Machado de Castro National Museum is set up in the former episcopal palace of Coímbra. It counts with with a 16th century lodge which goes to the Sé Velha (Coímbra Old Cathedral) and the old town.

This art museum preserves one of the best 14th-to-15th-century-sculpture collections of Portugal. It was named in honor of Joaquim Machado de Castro (1731-1822), one of the biggest representatives of Portuguese sculpture.


On the lower floor it is exhibited the Cryptoporticus, a large set of Roman underground galleries, set up under the forum of the Roman city of Aeminium, dating from the 1st A.D. century, and constitutes the most significant Roman construction preserved in Portugal.

The compound of was listed as National Monument in 1910. Its buildings were raised between the 12th and 18th century to serve as episcopal residence.

Among its different remodelings, stand out the traces of one part of the Romanesque cloister of the Condal Era (between 1100-1140), with a classic lodge from the 16th century and the Baroque temple of San Juan de Almedina, built between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century.

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Largo Doutor José Rodrigues, Coímbra.

Ticket Price:

General entry: 6€.
Visit to the cryptoporticus: 3€.

Opening Hours:

From Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h00.


(+351) 239 853 070

How to get here:

Bus: 28, 34, 103.

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