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A guaranteed kid-pleaser – if slightly overpriced – this interactive museum catapults you back to the 14th to 16th centuries, when the Portuguese ruled the colonial waves. The latest technological wizardry and a swashbuckling, theme-park-like boat ride recreate scenes of the intrepid seafarers of yore.

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Nearby Miragaia attractions

1. Museu dos Transportes

0.03 MILES

Set in the 19th-century riverside customs house, this museum traces the motorcar from its inception to the future. It does the same for radio and…

2. Look at Porto

0.08 MILES

This new 5D cinema whisks you on a virtual flight over Porto, revealing angles never seen at ground level, with added special effects such as motion seats…

3. Igreja de São Pedro de Miragaia

0.11 MILES

One of Porto's oldest churches, the medieval Igreja de São Pedro de Miragaia was completely rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries, and pays homage to St…

4. Jardim das Virtudes

0.16 MILES

A much-loved picnic spot of tripeiros, these tucked-away gardens stagger down the hillside in a series of lawn terraces. Find a shady spot under the trees…

5. Chafariz da Rua das Taipas

0.22 MILES

One of Porto's handful of remaining public fountains, which were once a place to tap into fresh spring water and local gossip, the stone-carved,…

6. Igreja de São João Novo

0.23 MILES

Set up above a narrow maze of stone stairs, this medieval church with magnificent views was built in 1539 on land that was originally part of Porto’s old…

7. Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

0.26 MILES

Porto's best art museum presents a stellar collection ranging from Neolithic carvings to Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the formidable…

8. Jardim da Cordoaria

0.28 MILES

This pleasantly leafy park is known simply as ‘Cordoaria’. Check out the four haunting sculptures by Spain's Juan Muñoz. The romantic, narrow lanes that…