Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Coimbra

Coimbra is a very old city with a rich past and history. The oldest university in Europe was established here and that is why there are several museums in the city that are related to science. The scientific museums are of great importance there and display rare collections. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Coimbra.
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Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Coimbra (See other walking tours in Coimbra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Science
  • National Museum Machado de Castro
  • Municipal Museum of Coimbra
  • Academic Museum
  • Casa Museu Bissaya Barreto
Museum of Science

1) Museum of Science (must see)

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra (Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra) gathers the historical scientific collections of several units of the University of Coimbra. It includes the collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th century of the Physics Museum, the collections of botanics, zoology, anthropology and mineralogy of the Natural History Museum, and the collections of the Astronomical Observatory and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Coimbra.

Formerly there were several museums in the university, including a museum of physics, a museum of zoology, a museum of natural history, and a museum of mineralogy and geology, which were managed by different university departments. They merged together in 2006/2007 to form the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra. Most of these collections date back to the reform of the University promoted by the Marquis of Pombal in 1772, where the teaching of the sciences took major importance, and are lodged in the contemporary buildings of the 18th century. This constitutes the most important science collection in Portugal and one of the most important ones in Europe.

Operation hours: Monday- Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Museum Machado de Castro

2) National Museum Machado de Castro (must see)

The National Museum Machado de Castro (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro) is an art museum in Coimbra, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It is one of the most important art museums in Portugal, and is housed in the former Palace of the Bishops. During the Middle Ages, the Palace of the Bishops was built over the Roman forum of Aeminium (Roman name of Coimbra) and nowadays its remains can be visited through the museum, under the palace turned into the Machado de Castro Museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Municipal Museum of Coimbra

3) Municipal Museum of Coimbra

The Municipal Museum of Coimbra is situated in the centre of the city, in its pedestrianized area. You can see the amazing collection of musical instruments. These instruments were collected by Doctor Louzã Henriques; they are mainly stringed instruments. You can also see an art collection that includes Portuguese paintings and sculptures. There is furniture, ceramics, silver and decorative art items on display at the Municipal Museum.
Academic Museum

4) Academic Museum (must see)

The Academic Museum represents the spirit of this Portuguese 'Oxford' city. It is housed in the building of the ancient college of St. Jerome. It was created by professors of the Academic Association. There are famous Coimbra fado music instruments on display. Fado is a type of traditional music that originated in Coimbra. You can see also records, photographs and other documents relating to studies in Coimbra. There are plaster figurines caricaturing some famous local persons. There are hand painted old pieces of china and works made by students based on academic traditions, among other things.
Casa Museu Bissaya Barreto

5) Casa Museu Bissaya Barreto (must see)

Casa Museu Bissaya Barreto is a fascinating little museum located near the Botanical Garden. It offers a unique and really interesting experience as there are some different things to see. Bissaya Barreto was a surgeon from Coimbra, as well as a scholar and a man passionate about fine arts. His wonderful 19th-century mansion was transformed into a museum. His house is full of Portuguese sculptures and paintings, Chinese porcelain and other fine art objects.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles