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Museums

In the Geopark Naturtejo there is a large offer in terms of museology, which represents the importance of the preservation of the cultural heritage and identity of this people.  Enjoy your stay here and take a trip through the Museums, where you can feel the nobility of these spaces and absorb our regional culture, as well as appreciate unique artifacts and expand your knowledge about this culture and the people who live here.

Stonemason's Museum

 

This museum has a permanent exhibition which is called “O Labor do Canteiro” or “The Stonemason’s Work”. This exhibition aims to illustrate the art stone carving, particularly the granite that characterizes this region. It focuses on the stone, the techniques and tools used to shape it, contextualizing them socially, historically and economically. The texture and constitution of these rocks are also approached through sensorial modules. This exhibition documents the practices and techniques which permit the carving and aesthetic decoration of the stone and tells the story of this craft’s evolution.

 

 

 

Contacts
Rua das Fontaínhas, 1. 6005-057 Alcains
Telephone: +351 272 900 220
Fax: +351 272 900 229
Email: 
museudocanteiro@sapo.pt
Website: http://museudocanteiro.blogspot.pt/

Schedule:

Week days: 09h30 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Weekends: 14h30 | 18h30
Holidays: 09h30 | 17h30
Closed on Mondays

 

Tavares Proença Júnior Museum

 

This museum is located in the old Bishop’s Palace, having an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions and an area for a permanent exhibition dedicated to antiquities from the palace, archaeology and embroidery of Castelo Branco. There’s also a library specialized in the themes of archaeology and arts history.

 

 

 

Contacts
Largo Dr. Lopes Dias, 6000-462 Castelo Branco
Telephone: +351 272 344 277
Fax: +351 272 347 880
Email: 
mstj@ipmuseus.pt
Website: 
www.ipmuseus.pt

Schedule
Week days: 10h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Weekends and holidays: 10h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30

 

Museum of Religious Art, Castelo Branco

 

The museum has four different rooms containing a permanent exhibition of a large diversity of religious artifacts, from paintings from the 16th century, liturgical books, and sculptures from the School of Coimbra (16th century), among other elements.

 

 Contacts
Rua Bartolomeu da Costa, Apartado 42. 6000-773 Castelo Branco
Telephone: +351 272 348 420
Fax: +351 272 322 185
Email: 
scmcb.informatica@netvisão.pt 

Schedule
Week days: 09h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Closed on weekends and holidays

 

Center of Environmental Interpretation of Castelo Branco 

 

This is a space dedicated to the Parque Natural do Tejo Internacional, the natural reserve associated with the Tagus river, an area of acknowledged ornithology importance, where the steeped hills and the river’s drainage basin play a vital role to the preservation of the fauna. This is an interactive exhibition focusing on many aspects of the natural patrimony through interactive applications, where habitats, ecosystems, fauna, flora, geology and soils are discussed. It is also possible to study the geology of the Tagus and Erges rivers, exploring interactively their main structures and geological units.

 

 

 

Contacts
Rua da Bela Vista - 6000-458 Castelo Branco 
Telephone: +351 272 346 068
Fax: +351 272 348 143

Schedule:
Week days: 9h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Weekends: closed

 

Cargaleiro Museum

This museum is the result of a partnership between the city’s council and the Manuel Cargaleiro Foundation, aiming to provide connection to the general public with different forms of art through the organization of various exhibitions which are part of the foundation’s collection. In these exhibitions, besides the mastery of the plastic artist Manuel Cargaleiro, born in Vila Velha de Ródão, visitors can also contact with the work of other artists. The museum is located in a manor house built in 1753, in the historic area of the city of Castelo Branco.

 

 

Rua dos Cavaleiros, 23. 6000-189 Castelo Branco
Telephone: +351 272 337 394
Email: 
museucargaleiro.cb@mail.telepac.pt

Schedule:
Week days: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Weekends: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00

Closed on Mondays

 

Lousa's Etnographic and Museological Center

 

This museum is dedicated to ethnography, and it is located in an old Olive oil press (“Lagar”), where the olive oil was made. It has three rooms dedicated to the cycle of the olive oil, as well as an exhibition dedicated to Lousa’s traditional dances – “The ladies’ dance”, “The men’s dance” and “The scissors’ dance”.

 

 Contacts

Lousa. 6000 Castelo Branco
Telephone: +351 967 125 030

Schedule:
Week days: 14h00 | 17h00
Weekends: 14h30 | 17h30
Closed on holidays

 

Raiano Cultural Center, Idanha-a-Nova

The Raiano Cultural Center coordinates the basic actions of research, preservation and communication of the cultural heritage and natural patrimony in the territory of Idanha-a-Nova and in all the Geopark. It has 3 exhibition rooms, one of them dedicated to the theme “Agriculture in Idanha’s Fields”, and the other two receiving temporary exhibitions. The Centre also has one indoor and one outdoor auditoriums and a multi-dynamic versatile space where workshops, seminars and other events take place.

 

 

Contacts
Av. Zona Nova de Expansão - 6060-101 Idanha-a-Nova
Telephone: +351 277 202 900
Fax: +351 277 202 944

Schedule:
Week days: 10h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Weekends: 10h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 18h00
Closed on Mondays

 

Olive oil Center - "Lagares" Comlex, Proença-a-Velha

 

This complex located in Proença-a-Velha is an old structure with high architectonic value, related to the functionality of land laboring. The structure has a set of presses from different periods and levels of technology and a gallery dedicated to the history of the olive in Portugal.

 

 

 

Contacts
Rua da Igreja nº 4 - 6060 Proença-a-Velha
Telephone: +351 277 312 012

Schedule:
Summer time: Open Everyday: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Winter time: Open Everyday: 09h30 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 17h30

 

Watermills of Penha Garcia

Located in a majestic Site this complex is integrated in the local geology, being constituted by the watermills, with an unique architecture shaped by the cliffs, but also the irrigation systems, the barns, the pig arks, the wood-fired ovens, the vegetable farms…  The “Ti Serrano” watermill reveals the dimension of the mills’ inside and the technologies used since the 16th century until the beginning of the 80’s. In other mills, visitors can contact with the tools used in this activity. One of the old barns is today used as a museum, holding the Fossils’ exhibition. This space is known as “The Fossils’ House” (Casa dos Fósseis) and it is home to about 400 specimens of ichnofossils, representing about 17 different forms of behavior, as well as some minerals of local formations.

 

 

Posto de Turismo de Penha Garcia
Rua do Espírito Santo - 6060 Penha Garcia
Telephone: +351 277 366 011 | +351 277 366 349

Schedule:
Summer time: Open Everyday: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Winter time: Open Everyday:  09h30 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 17h30

 

Paleozoic Center, Penha Garcia

 

The Paleozoic Center, is a museum to be, located in an old typical houses complex in the center of the village of Penha Garcia. Its exhibition entitled “The Trilobites’ world of Sam Gon III” presents this specimen of arthropods, which lived during the Paleozoic, between 540 million and 240 million years ago, telling the geological story of this region and the planet, through the ichnological fossils of the Ponsul valley. 

 

 

 

Contacts
Posto de Turismo de Penha Garcia
Rua do Espírito Santo - 6060 Penha Garcia
Telephone: +351 277 366 011 | +351 277 366 349

 

Monumental Complex of Idanha-a-Velha

 

This is an important architectonic complex, labeled as a National Monument and as an Historic Village. It can also be perceived as an outdoor Site museum, comprehending multiple attractions, integrated in an urban circuit. In this circuit the main elements are the roman walls, the pillory, the Cathedral, the Templars’ Tower, the “Lagar the Varas” an old and restored oil press, the Marrocos’ manor house (closed to the public), the Epigraphic Museum and the more recent urban architecture.

 

Contacts
Posto de Turismo de Idanha-a-Velha
Rua do Lagar - 6060-041 Idanha-a-Velha
Telephone: +351 277 914 280

Schedule:
Summer time: Todos os dias: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Winter time : Todos os dias: 09h30 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 17h30

Museological Pole of Gastronomy, Monsanto

This museological Site approaches the subject of gastronomy and food production according to cultural, health, economic, scientific, geographic, historic, anthropologic and technological points of view. This Site is intended to simultaneously be a research center, a center for documentation, a collection and a learning and pedagogic Site.

 

 

Contacts
Rua Marquês da Graciosa - 6060-091 Monsanto
Telephone: +351 277 314 642

Schedule:
Summer time: Open Everyday: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Winter time: Open Everyday: 09h30 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 17h30

 

Cultural Forum of Idanha-a-Nova

O Fórum Cultural tem como objectivo salvaguardar e dar a conhecer o acervo do património religioso do concelho de Idanha-a-Nova. Exibe uma exposição permanente sobre a temática da Arte Sacra e uma exposição temporária dentro das Artes Tradicionais. Existe um auditório onde decorrem diversas manifestações culturais desde concertos de jazz, fado, cantares tradicionais, teatro, mesas-redondas, apresentações de DVDs e palestras.

 

Contacts
Rua de S. Pedro, n.º 31 - 6060-121 Idanha-a-Nova
Telephone: +351 277 208 029

Schedule:
Week days: 10h00 | 12h30 - 14h30 | 18h30
Weekends and holidays: 14h00 - 18h30

 

Living Sceince Center of the Forest, Proença-a-Nova

 

The CCV located in Proença-a-Nova, is a place of scientific and technological promotion, integrated in a broader network of pedagogic and scientific interest­. 
There are three different modules: Forest as a source of life, as a source of well-being and as a source of wealth. According to this premises, the center develops many activities, from scientific workshops, to lectures and others.

 

 

 

Contacts
Moitas - 6150-345 Proença-a-Nova
Telephone: +351 274 670 220
Fax: +351 274 670 228
Email: 
ccvfloresta@sapo.pt
Website: www.ccvfloresta.com

Schedule:
Week days: 10h00 | 18h00
Weekends and holidays11h00 | 19h00
Closed: Mondays

 

Embroidery and ceramics Museum, Nisa

 

This museum, located in Nisa, holds a series of elements with high historical and artistic value in a permanent exhibition and still has other temporary exhibition rooms. Here the visitor is invited to discover the history of the region replicas relojes audemars piguet, through the use of interactive applications, integrating the tour in the general characteristics of the territory of Nisa. 

 

 

 

Contacts
Edifício da Cadeia Nova
Largo da Cadeia Nova - 6050-363 Nisa
Telephone: +351 245 429 426
Fax: +351 245 412 799
Email: 
museu@cm-nisa.pt
Website: http://www.museubordadoebarro.pt/

Schedule:
Thursday to Sunday
Summer time: 10h00 - 12h30 | 14h00 - 18h00
Winter time : 09h30 - 12h30 | 14h00 - 17h30

 

House-Musem of Alpalhão

 

This museum is located in a rural and typical construction, inviting the tourist to a journey through the past and the daily lives of our ancestors. From the old kitchen, with clay pots and plates, the traditional rooms, with iron beds, to the attic, where agriculture utensils were kept, everything in this house reminds us of the past.

 

 

 

Contacts
Rua do Castelo, nº 55 - 6050-031 Alpalhão
Telephone: +351 245 742 154

Schedule:
Week days: contact Junta de Freguesia de Alplhão
Weekends: 15h00 - 17h00

 

Interpretative Center of Tagus River Rock Art

This Interpretative Center offers the visitor an ancient and consistent history: an history made out of Cruziana and fossil trunks, ancient utensils and ceramic pots, cave paintings, cannon balls and reminiscent French invasions paintings. The exhibition is organized chronologically starting with a landscape section, where the geological and geomorfological framing of the region is presented. There is also a tridimensional model of Ródão’s morphology, one of the main formations within the Geopark. The successive periods of the history of this landscape and of the cultural history of this region are well presented in this tour, with a special highlight for the importance of prehistoric paintings. 

 

 

Contacts
Largo do Pelourinho - 6030-230 Vila Velha de Ródão
Telephone: +351 963 445 866
Website: http://tejo-rupestre.com
E-mail: geral@tejo-rupestre.com

Schedule
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Saturdays: 10h00 | 13h00 - 14h00 | 18h00
Sundays and holidays: closed

 

 

Olive Oil Museological Centre of Sarnadas de Ródão

This center is constituted by three different rooms, with a polyvalent room destined to temporary exhibitions. In these three rooms we can find some of the tools used in the fabrication of olive oil. Among them we can find a Reception Room, a Machinery Room and the Olive Oil Room. 

 

 

 

Contacts
Junta de Freguesia de Sarnadas de Ródão
Rua Barreiro, 15 - 6030-116 Sarnadas de Ródão
Telephone: +351 272 997 829
Fax: +351 272 997 827
Email: 
sarnadas@clix.pt

Schedule:
Week days: 09h00 | 12h30 - 14h00 | 17h30
Weekends and holidays: closed

 

 

 


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