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Casa da Musica

Avenida da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
+351 22 012 0220
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Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe, and it is the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music - to the presentation and public enjoyment of music, to music education and to the creation of music. The project took shape in 1999 after the Rem Koolhaas & Ellen van Loon - Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the international architectural competition. Work began in 1999 on the site of Porto's former central tram garage on the Rotunda da Boavista, and Casa da Musica opened its doors to the public on April 15th , 2005. Casa da Musica was planned as a home for all types of music and it is not only part of the urban redevelopment of Porto but also part of a network of cultural facilities, for the city of Porto and for the wider world. Underlying it is an innovative and wide-ranging cultural project, which aims to make an exciting contribution to the national and international music scene, as an arena for all types of musical events - from classical music to jazz, from fado to electronic music, from great international productions to more experimental projects. Besides concerts, recitals and other types of performance, Casa da Musica also organises events for musicians and musicologists and invests in research into the origins of Portuguese music. In addition, it plays a very important role in music education. It is a cultural meeting point between music and other areas of artistic creation and knowledge, providing a space for all kinds of audiences and creators.
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Avenida da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge beautiful building where you can enter for free and visit it. The place is stunning both from inside and outside: a great architectonical work

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I must admit on being disappointed! I was expecting a Museu Of instruments! Lovely tour with a Guide well versed in what was on the mind of the architect and the purpose of his vision with the soundproofing specialty glass system and moveable seats in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family were very keen to visit this impressive piece of modern architecture even though I tried to tell them there was no museum. You can do a guided tour but otherwise all you see inside is the foyer area and cafe.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting building with a very industrial feel inside it, but I have had to mark it down as the lift system was exceedingly difficult to use - it turned out that there was a concert on one of the floors so...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh boy were we surprised by the design of this building when we went to a concert in Porto last week. The concert was fabulous, the hall was a mess. First of all the entrance is unclear. Well, yes, there's a big, wide, staircase (bannisters?)...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

If you are interested in modern architecture, and Rem Koolhas's work, how the project came into being and how the neighborhood has been regenerated, you should come and see it. It's worthwhile to join a guided tour. I joined one conducted in English on the...More

Thank A Y
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

I recommend a visit to Casa da Musica if only to see the architecture of the building. This is very beautiful modern house both inside and outside. It wouldn't spoil if you could attend some musical event there. Unfortunately, we couldn't so it have to...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

try to catch a concert there, the events are well chosen and the hall is quite beautiful, even the rear seats are very well situated.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We signed up for the 11.00am tour round the music hall - cost 10 Euros. The first thing to say is that the guide was very informative and the building itself is very impressive. When we checked in for the tour we were not advised...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The funny fact that casa da musica was actually designed as a house (and rejected by the client) makes this project a bit more interesting. Do try to hear a presentation, in the bigger or smaller rooms - which might be even nicer.

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adhitaw
27 September 2016|
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Response from TravellingSMH | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You need to purchase a ticket for the excellent guided tour. Without a ticket you can't get past the lobby.
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21 September 2016|
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Response from sally-allez-hop | Reviewed this property |
As with anywhere, it depends on availability. We booked online to make sure we weren't disappointed. It was easy to do and we picked up the tickets on arrival.
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21 August 2015|
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Hello. Dinner is included. If you need more information please let us know. Regards André Alves Casa da Música
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