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Address: Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
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+351 279 768 260
09:00 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of...

The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of Palaeolithic engravings along the river’s banks, extending all the way to the River Douro. This zone has been made into Portugal’s first Archaeological Park. This Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2 December 1998. This entire open-air art collection, which buries the old myth of rock art only existing in caves, is exhibited in the Museum through original pieces of movable art, replicas of “rock panels” and interactive zones that use modern digital technology. The art can also be viewed in loco on organised visits to the valley with specialised guides (advance booking required).

Visit also (no advance booking required) the Museum which provides an overview of the Ice Age Coa Valley rock-art, its archaeological context as well as magnificent views over the Coa and Douro rivers.

Museum opening times: High season: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM; Closes at lunchtime (01:00 PM - 02-00 PM) in low season from the 20th of October until the last day of February. Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.

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amazing view ,amazing things to see.

This museum contains information about the rock art, pre historic ethcing in out door rocks.Amazing because these are not in caves. The view of the Duro Valley is worththe whole... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grant W
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum contains information about the rock art, pre historic ethcing in out door rocks.Amazing because these are not in caves. The view of the Duro Valley is worththe whole trip.

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Kontich, Antwerpen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Modern concrete / glass building - a must see when you are in the neighborhood – it totally blends into the nature. The museum gives a nice overview of the findings on top of the hill.

Thank Ben H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

A great museum; well presented and easy ti understand, with clear images and explanations. The architecture and interior of the museum also gives you the feeling that you are seeing the at in-situ (although of course you are not). Definitely worth a visit.

Thank terark99
Porto, Portugal
1 review
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The architecture of the building is nice, with a great view, which is worth by itself. The exhibition had too many interactive panels turned off or with glitches, misspellings (in Portuguese) and confusing terminology (BP / BC), among others.

Thank ruimoreira007
Geelong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

It is rare in my experience to be so close to our ancestors of 25000 years ago, and see expressions of their human intelligence. This museum and the nearby rock engravings complement each other, so I suggest seeing both. The museum is a striking minimalist building with subdued lighting that gives a cave-like atmosphere. The exhibits are well-presented and explained,... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting building, mediocre content, great setting, very good restaurant. Portugal has a knack for skirting only the surface of very valuable assets and the museu is yet another example. Great location, fantastic region.

Thank Lambda75
Ant_ni0_F, Manager at Museu da Fundacao do Coa, responded to this review

That's why we advise our visitors to also visit, as possible and feasible, the rock art site down in the valley, in fact the 'true' Museum! More 

Holywood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This Museum explains all about the nearby rock paintings in the Unesco site of World Heritage in the Arequeolocical Park of the Coa Valley in Portugal near the Douro River and the Sapnish border. It is built in the Brutalist style and in harmony with the well-worth exploring surrounding area which is well off the beaten track and an adventure... More 

Thank Norman N
Montrose, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

A world class museum of the fantastic rock art from the surrounding valley. Not to be missed regardless of whether or not you do a site tour.

Thank Rich S
Morristown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

This museum plus a visit on one of the sites with the rock art is a full day activity if you are in the area and worth the time. We drove there on the N222 from Pinhao (Wow! Do this on a beautiful day for great scenery, but not at night -- over the mountains with lots of visits). Then... More 

Thank NolaAK
Anaheim, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Rock drawings going back over 20,000 years! A dam was started when they found the ancient work. After twenty years of construction the dam was stopped and the site preserved. Well done tour (short drive from museum).


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