Best Museums in Porto

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Museums in Porto

Like Portugal in general, Porto boasts of a number of museums and galleries of varied kinds, giving its visitors not just inspiring experiences, but also a deeper look into its history, culture, aspirations and accomplishments.

If you are a culture aficionado, you would definitely have a ball visiting all the museums Porto has to offer. But even if you do not consider yourself a lover of culture and the arts, visiting the galleries and museums of this lovely city will surely make an impact on you as you learn about all things Porto – from natural sciences to wine to transportation to history. And with the guidance of your local host, which will be explaining the history behind the museums and pieces in them, your experience will be even better.

Top Local Museum Tours in Porto

Private Urban Art Tour with Secret Spots

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€20.00 p.p.

Tiles Tour: authentic Portuguese details

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€15.00 p.p.

Cool Street Art Tour in Porto

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€9.00 p.p.

Top Museums in Porto

  • Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis- Get culturally enriched when you visit this Portugal’s national museum. View collections of jewels, glassware, metalwork and ceramics that date as far back as 19th century.
  • Museu de História Natural- Built in 1996, this museum contains exhibits on the natural sciences: paleontology, geology, zoology, mineralogy, botany and anthropology. This is the perfect museum to visit if you are someone who is interested in these fields of science.
  • Museu do Vinho- It is only fitting for Porto to have the Museum of wine as homage to Port Wine, Portugal’s signature drink and the city of Porto’s pride.
  • Museu do Carro Electrico- View exhibits that center on the tram, one of the oldest forms of transportation in Porto. Retrace the tram’s roots and learn about its development and its fate in Portugal.
  • Romantic Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha- Be transported to the age of the romantics when you visit Porto’s Romantic Museum, which is located in Jardins do Palacio de Cristal, one of the most beautiful gardens of Porto.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Melanie Nuno
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​Complete Oporto Experience in only 5 hours

Nuno's deep knowledge of the tiles of Porto is remarkable, and his eagerness to share these insights with you is such an asset for your trip!
Trained as an architect, with a love of food and his home town, Nuno will walk you through Porto, teaching you to "read" the tiles and all they tell you about the city's history of conquest, characters, and style.
It is a priceless 5 hours!
Without it, you are really missing the true Porto.
You can walk and admire and photograph the tiles, but without Nuno's interpretation, you'll love 90%.

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Porto/Gaia Bike Tour

This was a great way to get out and around Porto. After a long flight and train ride to to get to Porto, it was nice to stretch you legs. I slept great that night as well. Anselmo takes you on safe routes, with out missing much detail of the city. The great surprise was being able to see both sides on the Douro River. He has the knowledge of being raised locally and a passion of biking. It was great sharing a beer, and recieving information about how and where to visit after the tour. We took the tour on a Thursday and were able to squeeze in a trip to Bacelos in the afternoon for the weekly market. Anselmo, explored our best options to do this trip in advance. Thanks again Anselmo. Cheers

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Linda Luis
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Passionate Porto Food Tour

Luis gave our group of 4 a great tour of Porto! We went on this tour on our first day in town and he gave us a great introduction to the city and favorite foods. As he said, this isn't a guidebook tour of the places the books tell you to go. More like visiting your friend's hometown and having them show you around. He took us to varied places and locations and helped refine our itinerary to get the most out of our stay. Excellent suggestions, especially loved 7Grams Roasters. Fabulous coffee! Luis is fun and entertaining and very easy to talk to. He was very great about email communication both before and after our tour! Would love to do another tour with him and will not hesitate to recommend him. Thanks, Luis!

Other Notable Museums in Porto

  • Centro Portugues de Fotografia- Founded in 1997, this museum which is also known as the Portuguese center of Photography aims to bring the art of photography closer to locals and visitors alike. It houses the work of the most popular Portuguese photographers as well as those of international artists who have influenced photography in the country.
  • Museu Militar do Porto- The Military Museum of Porto showcases exhibits that include collections of war vehicles, cannons, ancient weapons and firearms. The highlight of the museum is the display of around 16,000 items of miniature soldier figures.
  • Guerra Junqueiro House Museum- This museum houses ceramics from Portugal, Spain, Italy and the Orient. There are also exhibits of decorative items like furniture, silverware, textiles, jewelry and religious artworks, all made by Portuguese artists.