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Museu da Sociedade Martins Sarmento

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Address: Rua Paio Galvao 66, Guimaraes 4814-510, Portugal
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Wonderful archaeological museum in an old convent. Off the tourist track, just outside the historical centre.

This place is worth finding. It's in an old building just off the north west end of Toural square. It's not well signed. I was fortunate to find an enthusiastic guide. The museum... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This place is worth finding. It's in an old building just off the north west end of Toural square. It's not well signed. I was fortunate to find an enthusiastic guide. The museum was set up in the nineteenth century, it's almost a museum within a museum. The initial part of the tour took in this building, but the museum... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We made arrangements to meet with Daniella, their education/outreach person, for a (free) guided review of the building and its material. She did her graduate thesis on the rock carvings in this northern region, but she knows much, much more about its pre-Christian and pre-Roman cultures. Ask her to show and explain to you the ancient image of the musician... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

Wonderful finds from the Castro Culture hill forts, and the wonderful cloisters is a fun surprise (each capital is different).

Thank KatiePatrykus
Guimaraes, Portugal
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

This museum is not very well known but is wonderfull by its collection, arquitecture and history. Also the ticket is a bargain.

Thank anjoanarc
Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

This is a precious gem which most visitors will miss. This small museum contains many ancient artifacts that were discovered in the areas around Guimaraes and elsewhere. The museum is located in a old convent and the space itself is beautiful. Ask to see the library. This is worth the visit and the inexpensive price.

Thank Paulo O
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Interesting museum, but a bit dry. Went there primarily to find out more about Citania de Briteiros before we ventured there, which we did. However, bought the Citania de Briteiros guidebook there and then found it was half the price at the actual site. Beware!

Thank soul_man_dave
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We arrived at closing time but we joined the last guided tour, offered by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic archaeologist. Enjoyed a fascinating description of pre-Roman and Roman ceramics found nearby.

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