Olaria de Barcelos (Ceramics Museum)

Museum in Barcelos

Museu De Olaria De Barcelos
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The Barcelos Ceramics Museum, housed in the historic Casa dos Mendanhas, a prominent building from the 18th century, showcases a collection of approximately 7,000 pottery pieces from across Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries, with the primary focus being on pieces from the local region.

The museum features a range of interesting pieces, including everyday utilitarian and recreational pottery, as well as artifacts inspired by local folklore that offer a glimpse into the region’s customs and traditions, some of which are now extinct. Notably, the Barcelos Cock is prominently represented, alongside works by renowned Portuguese artisans like Rosa Ramalho.

In addition to touring the exhibitions, visitors can participate in pedagogical workshops on ceramic art, pottery painting, and traditional games played with clay pieces. During the school year, visitors must book in advance to participate in these activities, while during school holidays, reservations are not required.

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Visiting Olaria de Barcelos (Ceramics Museum)


Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 12.30am / 2pm – 5.30pm; Closed: Mondays, 1st january, Easter Sunday, 15 August, 1st November, 24 and 25th December

Address: Museu de Olaria, Rua Cónego Joaquim Gaiolas, Barcelos, Portugal
Duration: 45 minutes

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