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The best museums in Pisa

Have you ever been to Pisa? Most tourists just stop by its monumental part, where they can see the famous leaning tower and the other beautiful buildings of the Piazza dei Miracoli, the place where it’s located. However, the city of Pisa has much more to offer than that, and its attractions are often overlooked due to the popularity of this legendary landmark.

We’d like to give you some information about the wonderful museums in Pisa so you can see it’s worth staying for at least a couple of days. Besides having a charming old town, Pisa offers all sorts of interesting museums where you will be able to learn a lot about the city’s history and character. Are you ready to discover them?

 

The best museums in Pisa

 

The best museums in Pisa: The Palazzo Blu

The Palazzo Blu is the most important museum in Pisa – you will recognise it thanks to its beautiful blue façade. After the leaning tower and Duomo, it may be Pisa’s most important landmark. Here you will find all sorts of greatly curated temporal exhibits, sometimes focused in one single artist, such as Picasso, Modigliani or Escher. The ticket is a real bargain: only around 3 euros!

 

 

The best museums in Pisa: The National Museum of San Matteo

In this wonderful museum, you will be able to see a great art collection from Medieval times, including sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other archaeological finds. Part of its collection is dedicated to Tuscan artists such as Donatello, so it is a great option if you want to learn more about the art and history of the area you’re currently visiting.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Centro Arte Moderna

Art lovers will always want to know about the offer in contemporary art of a city, and they may find this small gallery a pleasant surprise. Usually quiet and empty, the Centro Arte Moderna isn’t too popular among the locals, however, their curators have been providing interesting exhibits on all disciplines, from sculpture to photography, since 1976. It is an interesting place to buy art as well, as the main goal of the gallery is providing the artist with exhibits, archives and promotions.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

If the leaning tower of Pisa is the most interesting attraction for you and you still want to learn more about it and see more about it, you’re in luck, because in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo you will find all the works that were found in the Duomo and the Baptistery. Among their collection you will find paintings from the 15th to the 17th century and religious objects from the 17th and the 18th century. If you’re more interested in architecture, there is something for you as well: A model of the Duomo where you will learn about the different additions to the building along the years. It’s located where the leaning tower and the rest of the monuments are.

 

The best museums in Pisa

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museo della Grafica

Besides the previous museums we’ve listed, which aren’t surprising in a city with such a history and such monuments, Pisa offers a collection of more specific museums that will make the delights of those interested in their objects of study. A good example of these is the Museo della Grafica, one of the most important collections of contemporary graphics in Italy that covers this art from the 19th and the 20th century. Entry ticket is only 3 euros, which makes it a good option also for those who aren’t too interested in the topic – a great opportunity to discover an often overlooked type of art.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Botanical Museum

Did you know that some say it’s the oldest museum of Italy? But, whether that’s true of not, it is a great opportunity to see an astoundingly beautiful garden and to learn about tons and tons of plants. There is also an herbarium, where you will be able to learn about all the types of plants used as paper when dried.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museum of Ancient Ships

And last but not least, you will find an incredible museum where you will be able to see Roman and Medieval ships super well preserved, besides other archaeological remains that were discovered within the ships. These archaeological gems were discovered only twenty years ago while the San Rossore train station was under construction. All the finds were restored until 2016, which is the year the museum opened. Entry to the museum is free, unless you want a guided visit, which is around 12 euros.

 

What do you think about this list of the best museums in Pisa? Are you going to dedicate some time to this charming city now that you know that it is much more than its famous leaning tower? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

The best museums in Porto

Porto really is a fan favourite – the first in the list of everybody’s favourite cities in Portugal. It definitely has a special charm, with its beautiful little streets and its Portuguese-style colourful houses, and, besides, it offers a modern and incredibly entertaining cultural life. However, there is more to Porto than its beauty and its youthful events, as it has an impressive amount of interesting museums worth visiting. This is why we have prepared a comprehensive list of the best museums in Porto.

In the following lines, we’ll tell you all about our favourite museums in Porto, but they’re far from being the only ones. If you like learning about history, art, or anything at all in museums, Porto is the right city for you. Keep reading to find out why!

 

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu da Misericórdia do Porto

This museum is one of the most beautiful things you will see in Porto, regardless of its content, as it shows the cultural and artistic heritage of one of the city’s most important churches. It hosts the most important portrait collection of the country, as well as sacred art, jewels and a very important collection of Flemish art. You start the visit on the third floor and end up in the church. Normal ticket is 5 euros, but there are discounts for students, seniors and Porto Card users.

 

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu Nacional da Imprensa

Porto’s Printing Press museum offers an interactive experience, as visitors can handle the printing machines located there and experience this ancient art first-hand. There are also temporary exhibits of great interest, an International Cartoon Gallery and a homage to Rodrigo Álvares, the first Portuguese printer. It will make the delights of printing and art lovers both. Entry ticket is just 5 euros.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

Named after prestigious Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis, it counts with an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, porcelains, jewellery and archaeological finds. If you’re interested in learning about local art in your travels, this is the go-to option for you, as it is mostly dedicated to Portuguese art from the 19th and the 20th century. You will be able to see works by Domingos Sequeira, Miguel Angelo Lupi, Aurélia de Souza, Rodolfo Pinto de Couto, Antonio Teixeira Lopes and many others.

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu de História Natural

Porto’s Museum of Natural History will be an unforgettable experience for your children. They (and you!) will be able to learn about all sorts of birds, insects and other animals from Portugal and see fossils and minerals found in the country. You will be able to visit the Zoology and Mineralogy room, which contains over 700 types of mineral samples.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu do Vinho

One for the kids, and one for the grown-ups! If children can enjoy themselves greatly in the Natural History Museum, adults can do the same in Porto’s Wine Museum, where you will be able to learn (and, of course, taste) the city’s most international delicatessen, Port Wine, a strong, tasty and quite alcoholic wine typical from the area. You will also learn about the importance of said wine in the cultural, social and industrial development of the city.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu do Carro Electrico

If you’ve ever visited Portugal you will have seen that the tram is quite an important means of transportation in the country. The tram has had a long history before becoming a favourite of the visitors, and it is much more than a picturesque sight. In Porto’s Tram Museum, the Museu do Carro Electrico, you will be able to learn about the history of the trams in Porto and their social implications – a must visit for those in love with the fascinating history of transportation, which are many!

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Quinta da Macieirinha

We end our list of museums with a particular, beautiful one, the Romantic Museum Quinta de Macieirinha, located in a beautiful building from the 18th century surrounded by the Palácio de Cristal Gardens and the Douro River. The museum’s focus is Porto’s romanticism and recreates a 19th century aristocratic house and, although it is not one of the city’s main attractions, the visit to the gardens is well worth it. Users of the Porto Card can enter for free, and the ticket for the rest of visitors is a bit over 2 euros.

 

What do you think about this list of the best museums in Porto? Which one would you like to visit first? Do tell us in the comments!