Visiting the museums of Coimbra

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Coimbra is a very beautiful city, where one cannot be bored. But besides that, there are a lot of cultural attractions that one can see here. In my opinion, visiting the museums of Coimbra is one of the most interesting activities in this town. That because there are many museums, for everyone’s taste, from different fields, like religion, science, physics, zoo, music or technology. In order to convince you of all that, I’ll make a brief description of Coimbra’s museums:

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra gathers an interesting collection of scientific instruments from 18th and 19th century and a Chemical Laboratory, where one can find out many things about the history of the chemistry. In this museum are organized both permanent and temporary exhibitions and those who are interested in this subject can participate in different experiments. Actually, we can say that the Science Museum includes a museum of physics, one of zoology, a museum of natural history and one of minerals and geology. That’s why the collection of the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra is the most important of Portugal and one of the most important in whole Europe.

The Municipal Museum – Telo de Morais Collection

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The Municipal Museum is very impressive by its building, the Edificio do Chiado, which is the most beautiful iron structure in the city. This building was inaugurated in 1910 and since 2001 it gathers the art collection of the Telo do Morais’ family. It includes great paintings created by different artists from 19th and 20th centuries, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, musical instruments or porcelain.

The National Museum Machado de Castro

The National Museum Machado de Castro was named a museum in the early 20th century, since then being just a residence. It is named after a well known Portuguese artist – Joaquim Machado de Castro and it is the most important art museum in Portugal.  Inside of this building you will feel an Islamic influence in the construction and you will admire very beautiful works of art, dating since 1913.

The Zoological Museum

The Zoological Museum includes a great collection of species from many zoological groups and it was created in 1910 by the local professors. Besides the animals and their old colonies, this museum gathers exhibitions regarding the fields of botany, mineralogy and geology.

Visiting the museums of Coimbra is really an adventure where you will find out many interesting things about the art and the science. If you want to read more information about this subject you can access www.visitcentro.com

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