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Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

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Address: Largo Doutor Jose Rodrigues, Coimbra 3000-236, Portugal
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+351 239 853 070
10:00 - 18:00
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good museum with great suntrap terrace/cafe/bar

fascinating collections, well-displayed and the very nice, stylish cafe/bar has terrific sunny terrace with one of the best views of the area

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fascinating collections, well-displayed and the very nice, stylish cafe/bar has terrific sunny terrace with one of the best views of the area

Thank Michelle B
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The cryptoporticum was a wonderful surprise that we weren't expecting to see in the middle of a semi-major city. As for the rest of the museum, it's mostly Catholic art and will get old if you're not into that kind of thing. The museum has too many employees, they were a bit overbearing. Every room, no matter how small, had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We wandered into this Museum without any particular expectation and were blown away by the underground Roman ruins. And then there's all the other exhibition spaces including the brilliant carved sandstone and religious statutes. A must see museum.

Thank Ann T
Litchfield Park, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

My husband and I are not big museum buffs, but this one was fascinating and well worth a few hours! What an impressive collection of Portuguese art, and the Roman "basement" was huge, magnificent and a little bit spooky! LOL. But very well lit, with large exit signs pointing your way out. I was a little burned out by the... More 

Thank JRademacher
Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Didn't have time for the Museum itself, which I hear is wonderful, nor time to eat on the terrace, which is also wonderful (better than the University tour and right next door). However, the vast complex of well-lit Roman ruins underground are absolutely not to be missed! For only a few Euros, you can spend hours walking, and getting lost... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Roman ruins make up a fascinating part of the basement of this historic building. The lighting and restoration of these roman ruins are first rate and quite enjoyable. The church art, pottery, furniture and impressive statues are all displayed well with excellent descriptions in English.

Thank Winstonthedog
Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

1) opening hours listed on TA are incorrect for Tuesday as it doesn't open until 2pm 2) allow 2 - 3 hours to see the whole museum 3) audio guide is 1.5€ extra but doesn't really add a lot as many signs offer sufficient English explanations 4) there is a nice veranda to rest your aching museum feet after your... More 

Thank Derek W
Aalst, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This museum shows all aspect of art from the Roman time until the 19th Century. Archeology, old Roman sculptures, medieval sculptures and painting, sacred art, jewels, furniture and ceramics. Just wonderful and well displayed. And after the visit you can have a drink or a simple lunch in the museum cafetaria, which offers you a beautiful view.

Thank Philippe569
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

If you have any interest in ancient history, these ruins will blow you away. The museum was built on a foundation of a Roman forum, with underground passageways and space for merchants, which you can walk around and really get a feel for day-to-day Roman life. We were the only ones there on our visit, which added to the eerie... More 

Thank Kathleen H
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is a wonderfully laid out museum that traces the history of the area from Roman times. Everything is in English as well as Portuguese and they have guides at every intersection who tell you where to go next. At the bottom are the Roman ruins, but the sculptures and objects (including whole Chapels) from the medieval, gothic and baroque... More 

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