cultural territorial networks

museum heritage

 

2.1 Old Royal Custom House – Casa do Infante

 

Old Royal Custom House – Casa do Infante Building in which, according to tradition, Prince Henry, the Navigator, was born. Built in 1325 by D. Afonso IV, it was used as Royal House, Mint and Royal Customs House, operating until 1859. Today is the headquarters of Porto Historical Archives, which gather important historical documents such as the Charter Act of the City. Excavations carried out in the building discovered traces of Roman occupation, which can be seen in the museum created there.

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2.2 Soares dos Reis National Museum

 

Founded in 1833, the Antigo Museu Portuense de Pinturas e Estampas (Old Porto Museum of Painting and Prints) was the first public art museum in Portugal. Housed, since 1940, in the Palácio dos Carrancas (Carrancas Palace) and built at the end of the 18th Century by a wealthy Porto family, it is classified as a heritage site. It has collections of ceramics, sculptures, engravings, jewellery, furniture, gold and silver work, paintings, textiles and glass. The 'Desterrado' is noteable as the masterpiece of the museum's patron, the sculptor António Soares dos Reis. The museum has been significantly renovated and enlarged under a project led by the architect Fernando Távora. While maintaining all the building's historic features, the project has brought with it new and improved internal and external spaces. It has a café, a library that can be visited by appointment, a school service and a multimedia room.

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2.3 Museum of Natural History of the University of Porto

 

The museum is made up of four museological centres related to the natural and cultural heritage: Mineralogy Room, Palaeontology Room, Zoology Room, Archaeology and Pre‐History Room. Presently only the Mineralogy Room and the Zoology Room can be visited. Previous booking for schools only. (museuvirtual.up.pt)

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