Knowing the cultural part of cities is always super interesting. Some countries are very different from ours, like Russia. On our trip there, Paulo and I discovered several customs and places that we would never have imagined finding in the country. If you want to check it out, just look at the website’s posts and the channel’s videos!
However, other places are already more familiar to us, for example, Portugal. After all, we share many things in common in the cultural part. And, it is not for nothing that Portuguese stand out when we talk about colonization in Brazil, right? To learn beyond the basics of the country, museums and art galleries are worth visiting. If you plan to go to Porto, be sure to write down the tips that I will give you now agora
One of the most important museums in Porto is, without a doubt, the Serralves Museum. It was opened in 1999 and designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Although it looks like a simpler and minimalist construction, the building is very modern and dialogues with Casa de Serralves and the surrounding gardens.
In addition to the temporary exhibitions and the fixed collection, the museum separated a part of the building focused on national art. It’s cool to meet some local artists, right? Admission for adults costs € 10, including the house and park.
Soares dos Reis National Museum
There are those who consider the Soares dos Reis National Museum to be one of the most important in the country, so be sure to visit this place! In addition to the super diverse collection of paintings from the 16th to the 20th centuries, they also have ceramics, sculptures, engravings, jewelry and various other art forms in the collection.
On Sundays, admission is free until 2pm, so enjoy! Some of the artists exhibited there are Portuguese and with works that are very significant for the country, such as Henrique Pousão, Silva Porto and António Carneiro.
Pharmacy Museum of Porto
It may seem a bit peculiar to go to a museum for the pharmacy, but it is quite interesting. The Pharmacy Museum of Porto tells the history of the pharmacy, thinking about all its evolution over a period of four million years. Ancient civilizations are also mentioned, as they play an important role in the development of this area of health.
Another incredible surprise is the recreation of two old pharmacies, the Estacio Pharmacy, traditional in Porto, and an Islamic pharmacy in a palace in Damascus. The museum may not tell the history of Portugal itself, but it is great for people who are curious and who have never had contact with the information provided there.
Portuguese Center of Photography in Porto
I am suspicious to speak, since I love photography, but the Portuguese Photography Center is one of the museums I most want to visit in Porto. It occupies an old building from 1796, which previously functioned as a prison.
After some renovations and the search for a resinification for the place, it was reopened in 2001, already with the photography center. As stated on the museum’s website, they try to balance contemporary photographs with others that are more historic, so you will find photos from different eras and of the most varied styles.
If you are the type who prefers cleaner environments and enjoy a more contemporary type of art, you will love visiting the Presença Gallery. It is one of the oldest in the city and has been important mainly to reveal new artists.
The interesting thing about the place is that they mix works by many national and international artists, as well as those emerging and others already established. The exhibitions are usually quite different, so be sure to stop by.
Porto Misericordia Museum
With a more classic footprint and focused on more traditional art, the Museum and Church of Misericórdia do Porto is often visited by those who love history. The reason for this is that, in addition to being in the historic center of Porto, the museum is inside a 16th century building.
It aims to disseminate the history of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Porto and, of course, to make room for the exhibition of important works. It is worth the visit both for the architecture of the place and its decoration as well as for the collection of the museum.
World of Discoveries – Interactive Museum & Theme Park
If you are traveling with children, you can now add World of Discoveries to your itinerary! It also appeals to adults, but because it is interactive and tells stories almost like a theater, children tend to like the space even more.
They have more than 20 thematic areas that tell a little about the time of sailing and the great “discoveries”. Each room shows a part of the history lived by the Portuguese in their numerous trips around the world. All the setting is made to make you feel transported to that moment, that’s why it is so different from the other museums on the list 🙂
Fernando Santos Gallery
Another super cool art gallery in Porto is Galeria Fernando Santos. Opened in 1993, it is always exhibiting works by artists already known to the medium. Some of them are Nikias Skapinakis, Gerardo Burmester and Julian Schnabel.
Few new artists gain prominence there, but they still have space when they pass the approval of the local curatorship team. If you want to see other artists who have works exhibited in the gallery, just click here 😉
Kubikgallery was founded in 2010, so it can still be considered a new space when it comes to art in Porto. The space’s curatorship bets on emerging artists who have very bold and creative works. One of the main objectives of the place is to really make room for new artists or others who are reinventing themselves. Innovation and creativity are the two key words there.
Electric Car Museum
Trains from Portugal can already be considered even postcards, right? They are super characteristic of the country and there is no tourist who can resist taking a tour using this means of transport. The Museum of the Electric Car seeks to preserve the entire history of this transport and also to exhibit collections aimed at this universe.
For those who like to take pictures in photo scenarios, this is a great chance. You will get to know a little more about the history of the city and the importance of trains and, as a bonus, you will leave with beautiful photos. Other information about the museum is available on the website, just access it here 🙂
Porto is full of stories and these museums and galleries tell only part of them. If you know other spaces that were left out of the list comment here! Paulo and I are always looking to discover new places that leave the most traditional routes!