Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis information

Location
Porto , Portugal
Address
Rua Dom Manuel II 44
Prices
adult/students €5/2, 10am-2pm Sun free
Opening hours
10am-6pm Wed-Sun, 2-6pm Tue
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A short walk west of Cordoaria lands you at the town’s most comprehensive art collection, which ranges from Neolithic carvings to Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the formidable Palácio das Carrancas.

Requisitioned by Napoleonic invaders, the neoclassical palace was abandoned so rapidly that the future Duke of Wellington found an unfinished banquet in the dining hall. Transformed into a museum of fine and decorative arts in 1940, its best works date from the 19th century, including sculptures by António Soares dos Reis (see especially his famous O Desterrado, The Exile ) and António Teixeira Lopes, and the naturalistic paintings of Henrique Pousão and António Silva Porto.