Soares dos Reis National Museum

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis


Rua de Dom Manuel II 44


open website


+351 223 393 770


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How to visit


Adult: 8.00€
Young (13-24): 4.00€
Senior (65 and over): 4.00€
Children (12 and under): Free

Free access
  • Children (12 and under)
Opening times

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Last Admission: 30 min before closing time

Closing days

January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 24, December 25


Rua de Dom Manuel II 44

Public transports

Carolina Michaelis (lines A, B, C, E) + 20 min walk
S. Bento station (line D) + 20 min walk

Bus: 200, 201, 207, 302, 300, 601, 602, 507, 501

More details

  • Neoclassical Facade: designed by Joaquim da Costa Lima Sampaio.
  • Painting Collection: notable works by painters such as Antonio Carvalho de Silva Porto and João Joaquim Marques da Silva Oliveira are worth viewing.
  • “Window with Blue Shutters” and “Lady in Black“: are both exquisite oil on wood paintings by Henrique Pousão.
  • Sculptures: includes a wide range of works spanning from the Roman period, the Middle Ages to the classical and realist art schools. The works of Soares dos Reis are specially worth seeing. For example: “The Outcast”; “Count of Ferreira”.
  • “The Outcast” (O Desterrado): a masterpiece by Soares dos Reis carved from Carrara marble as his scholarship’s final test.
  • Gold and Silverware: a wide assortment of items is on display: trays, salver, teapots, incense boat, bodice ornament.
  • Holy Cross of Christ Reliquary and Eucharistic Cruet set: remarkable by its gemstones and gilding applied to the jade.
  • Episcopal Crosier: cast silver adorned with gold. Crafted by goldsmith Antonio Arrighi in 1740.
  • Furniture Collection: religious and secular furniture spanning from the 16th to the 20th century. Fine examples worth seeing: Table cabinet; Pulpit; Namban Screens; Pier-glass and console tables; Trousseau chest; Lectern.
  • Textiles: encompasses predominantly the 17th to 19th centuries. Features garments worn by clergy during Mass and decorative pieces used to adorn churches. Civil category includes both male and female clothing, along with bed coverings and tapestries.

1833 – The Museum of Paintings and Prints is created by order of D. Pedro IV. In 1836 it is officially confirmed by D. Maria II.

1839 – Management assumed by Porto Academy of Fine Arts.

1847 – Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis’s birth year. Born in Vila Nova de Gaia.

1911 – The museum is renamed Soares dos Reis Museum.

1942 – Opening in its new and current location: the Carrancas Palace.

1992-2001 – The museum undergoes major renovation and expansion works. Project by Fernando Távora.

the surroundings

  • Cafetaria Restaurante José Rela (24 m)
  • Porto Tropical Santo António (42 m)
  • Churrasqueira Palácio (250 m)
  • Laréu Urban Garden (400 m)
  • Crystal Palace Gardens (328 m)
  • Romantic Museum (579 m)
  • Lello Bookstore (586 m)
  • Clérigos Church & Tower (656 m)
  • Liberty Square (865 m)