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Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

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Address: Largo Doutor Jose Rodrigues, Coimbra 3000-236, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 239 853 070
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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Didn't have time for the Museum itself, which I hear is wonderful, nor time to eat on the terrace, which is also wonderful (better than the University tour and right next door... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Didn't have time for the Museum itself, which I hear is wonderful, nor time to eat on the terrace, which is also wonderful (better than the University tour and right next door). However, the vast complex of well-lit Roman ruins underground are absolutely not to be missed! For only a few Euros, you can spend hours walking, and getting lost... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Roman ruins make up a fascinating part of the basement of this historic building. The lighting and restoration of these roman ruins are first rate and quite enjoyable. The church art, pottery, furniture and impressive statues are all displayed well with excellent descriptions in English.

Thank Winstonthedog
Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

1) opening hours listed on TA are incorrect for Tuesday as it doesn't open until 2pm 2) allow 2 - 3 hours to see the whole museum 3) audio guide is 1.5€ extra but doesn't really add a lot as many signs offer sufficient English explanations 4) there is a nice veranda to rest your aching museum feet after your... More 

Thank Derek W
Aalst, Belgium
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This museum shows all aspect of art from the Roman time until the 19th Century. Archeology, old Roman sculptures, medieval sculptures and painting, sacred art, jewels, furniture and ceramics. Just wonderful and well displayed. And after the visit you can have a drink or a simple lunch in the museum cafetaria, which offers you a beautiful view.

Thank Philippe569
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

If you have any interest in ancient history, these ruins will blow you away. The museum was built on a foundation of a Roman forum, with underground passageways and space for merchants, which you can walk around and really get a feel for day-to-day Roman life. We were the only ones there on our visit, which added to the eerie... More 

Thank Kathleen H
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is a wonderfully laid out museum that traces the history of the area from Roman times. Everything is in English as well as Portuguese and they have guides at every intersection who tell you where to go next. At the bottom are the Roman ruins, but the sculptures and objects (including whole Chapels) from the medieval, gothic and baroque... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This is the main art museum in Coimbra, with a remarkable collection of late medieval and renaissance Portuguese sculpture, along with a fine life-size set of terracotta figures depicting the last supper. The texts in Portuguese are, at times, a bit obscure, but he English text is generally adequate.

Thank Pedro F
Figueira da Foz, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Great museum, with very good permanent and temporary exhibitions. It is a very nice alternative to have lunch in the university area, with a good buffet and a very nice view of the city. You'll not regret the visit.

Thank SofiaRodrigue
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

My wife and I are museum rats. This probably was the best museum we visited in Portugal. It has a wide variety of largely religious art, relics, handicrafts, statuary, alters, etc. Very well curated, organized, and explained. It looks relatively small, but it goes on and on. Very, very impressive.

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Tel Aviv Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We were not expecting such an impressive experience. An extensive collection of artefacts, completely overshadowed by the huge, amazing underground remains of the Roman city. Beautifully restored and organised. A must-see!


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