Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Coimbra

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The National Museum Machado de Castro (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro) is an art museum in Coimbra, Portugal, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It first opened in 1913 and its latest renovation (2004-2012), which included the addition of a new building, was awarded the Piranesi/Prix de Rome Prize 2014.

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  • We spent an afternoon here and learned more than I ever thought possible about ceramics, sculpture, painting, furniture, and precious metals.... but you could spend much less time and still have a...  more »
  • A beautiful building and setting. Check out the views from their cafe. The collections are extensive. But note that the focus is Roman antiquities and religious art, and gauge for yourself whether....  more »
  • Having visited many museums, I've gotten a bit fatigued with them. However, this one was definitely worth the visit. The visit begins with the crypts which in itself is an interesting experience. I also loved the replica internals of a church that is displayed with the artwork. This museum truly makes use of its space well as throughout the visit, you get to see views of the city.
  • this is an incredibly well designed and curated museum where history is intertwined with lovingly restored art. you start in the Roman ruins below and climb slowly but not through ages, instead through mediums. architecture, sculpture, paintings, relics, tiles, textiles, all perfectly balanced, dramatically displayed, and with much focus on the artists and stories. one of the best museum experiences in memory.

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