Soares dos Reis National Museum

Museum in Porto

Museu Nacional De Soares Dos Reis
CC BY-SA 3.0 / António Amen

At more than two hundred years old, the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis is the oldest public museum in Portugal and the most famous in Porto.

The Soares dos Reis National Museum, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis, is located in the northern city of Porto. Founded in 1833 by King Peter IV as the Museum Portuense, it originally displayed religious art confiscated from convents and works expropriated from supporters of Miguel I. Throughout the 19th century, the museum acquired additional pieces for its collection. In 1911, it obtained a collection of works by Soares dos Reis, leading to its current name. In 1942, the museum was moved to the Carrancas Palace, a former residence of the Moraes e Castro family. The palace, which was modernized and expanded by architect Fernando Távora, provides ample space to store and display the museum’s collections.

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Visiting Soares dos Reis National Museum


Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm.

Mondays: closed

1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December: closed.


Adults: € 5 (£ 4.40) Porto Card, seniors over 65 years old, youth card and youth between 12 and 25 years old: 50% discount. Youth Card: € 2.50 (£ 2.20). Children under 12 years old: Free admission. Sundays and public holidays until 2 pm: free admission

Address: Soares dos Reis National Museum, Rua de Dom Manuel II, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 1 hours and 30 minutes

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