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Museu da Fundacao do Coa

Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
+351 279 768 260
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Modern interesting museum with unexpected exhibitions

The buildings are set into a cliff so you almost have a feeling of a cave. The exhibitions are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Craig L
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Perth, Australia
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Well worth the trip

The museum is architecturally pleasing and has just the right balance of information and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Callimachus
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of Palaeolithic engravings along the river’s banks, extending all the way to the River Douro. This zone has been made into Portugal’s first Archaeological Park. This Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2 December 1998. This entire open-air art collection, which buries the old myth of rock art only existing in caves, is exhibited in the Museum through original pieces of movable art, replicas of “rock panels” and interactive zones that use modern digital technology. The art can also be viewed in loco on organised visits to the valley with specialised guides (advance booking required). Visit also (no advance booking required) the Museum which provides an overview of the Ice Age Coa Valley rock-art, its archaeological context as well as magnificent views over the Coa and Douro rivers. Museum opening times: High season: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM; Closes at lunchtime (01:00 PM - 02-00 PM) in low season from the 20th of October until the last day of February. Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The buildings are set into a cliff so you almost have a feeling of a cave. The exhibitions are modern and instructive, however there are few English translations. Most of the stone carvings are copies but it is well done. The workshop at the end...More

Thank Craig L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is architecturally pleasing and has just the right balance of information and presentation. The café/restaurant is also very good. I wish we had had time to plan a visit to one of the outdoor sites, but the replicas in the museum give a...More

Thank Callimachus
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This museum contains information about the rock art, pre historic ethcing in out door rocks.Amazing because these are not in caves. The view of the Duro Valley is worththe whole trip.

Thank Grant W
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Modern concrete / glass building - a must see when you are in the neighborhood – it totally blends into the nature. The museum gives a nice overview of the findings on top of the hill.

Thank Ben H
Reviewed 15 April 2017

A great museum; well presented and easy ti understand, with clear images and explanations. The architecture and interior of the museum also gives you the feeling that you are seeing the at in-situ (although of course you are not). Definitely worth a visit.

Thank terark99
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The architecture of the building is nice, with a great view, which is worth by itself. The exhibition had too many interactive panels turned off or with glitches, misspellings (in Portuguese) and confusing terminology (BP / BC), among others.

Thank ruimoreira007
Reviewed 25 March 2017

It is rare in my experience to be so close to our ancestors of 25000 years ago, and see expressions of their human intelligence. This museum and the nearby rock engravings complement each other, so I suggest seeing both. The museum is a striking minimalist...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting building, mediocre content, great setting, very good restaurant. Portugal has a knack for skirting only the surface of very valuable assets and the museu is yet another example. Great location, fantastic region.

Thank Lambda75
Ant_ni0_F, Manager at Museu da Fundacao do Coa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

That's why we advise our visitors to also visit, as possible and feasible, the rock art site down in the valley, in fact the 'true' Museum!

Reviewed 13 November 2016

This Museum explains all about the nearby rock paintings in the Unesco site of World Heritage in the Arequeolocical Park of the Coa Valley in Portugal near the Douro River and the Sapnish border. It is built in the Brutalist style and in harmony with...More

Thank Norman N
Reviewed 5 November 2016

A world class museum of the fantastic rock art from the surrounding valley. Not to be missed regardless of whether or not you do a site tour.

Thank Rich S
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david123walesuk
how to get to Vila nova de foz coa museum to see Global print exhibition traveling from Porto by train
20 August 2015|
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Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Hi, you will need to take the Douro line from Porto to Pocinho (see CP site for Porto/Régua/Pocinho timetables). Then you either take a taxi from Pocinho to the Museum or a bus from Pocinho to Foz Côa and then a taxi to the... More
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Judidonnoah
Are there day trips from Porto to visit the park? We will be in Porto in late October. Thank you.
9 August 2015|
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Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Thanks for your message. As we only operate visita to the Park and Museum, we would recomend talking to a travel agency for details on a day trip to the Park. We believe these are available by train, boat or rented car.
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