A guide to Porto's museums

Porto, the capital of the northern region of Portugal is full of wonders, from amazing beaches to incredible bars and night clubs, for this reason Porto became a hotspot for travellers around the world. But aside from the cuisine, parks and sights, the city has a huge number of museums to please lovers of the arts. Here you’ll discover a bit about a few of them.

The Serralves Museum is one of the museums worth mentioning. Although the museum doesn’t have a permanent collection, it always displays temporary exhibitions on contemporary art and others. Maybe what’s most interesting about it the building and estate itself. Designed by Alvaro Siza Vieira, the pink colored museum is a great destination for art fans.

Ranking as one of the oldest museums in Portugal, The National Museum Soares dos Reis was inaugurated in 1833.

Along with all the wonderful pieces of art in the permanent exhibition, which go from paintings and furniture to silverware and jewels, you’ll also have a chance to learn a bit about the story of the very building, which was former residence of the English army and royal residence to King Peter IV. Also, the museum holds many works from both international and Portuguese names within its walls.

One of the most famous produces of Portugal has got to be the Port Wine, which is why Porto has the Port Wine Museum. If you don’t think it’s enough to try out this fine Portuguese wine, then you might want to know about the story behind the wine, from the way it is produced to the economic impacts it had on the Portuguese economy.

The Guerra Junqueiro House Museum is another attraction you should check in Porto. The house belonged to Guerra Junqueiro, a Portuguese poet that lived in the city. Turned into a museum, the house is filled with art from the floors to the ceilings. Ceramics, religious artworks, textiles and jewelry are truly just a few of the amazing things that you’ll gaze upon in this museum. Besides the art works, the house dates back to the 18th century and the garden is absolutely stunning.

As you can see, Porto also has a strong cultural side to it. Portugal is proud to present its capital to tourists around the world, so if you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself there, make sure to visit at least one of the amazing museums that Porto has to offer.