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!
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.
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!
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!