Are you at home and need something to do?
Experience an online visit to 3 exhibitions at the Soares dos Reis National Museum.
Little Passion of Christ
What memories does the Reliquary Bust of São Pantaleão reveal?
The East meets the West
Soares dos Reis National Museum
The Soares dos Reis National Museum, former Porto Museum and the first art museum in Portugal, was born in 1833 when D. Pedro IV decided to establish a Museum of Paintings and Prints in the city of Porto. The purpose of its foundation was to preserve the artistic heritage that came mainly from the extinct convents and, at the same time, promote its use for cultural and educational purposes.
The collections of the Soares dos Reis National Museum reflect its diverse origins: integration of works belonging to civil and religious institutions, public and private, legacies of private collectors and acquisitions. Of this rich and varied collection, only part of it is part of the permanent exhibition for reasons of space and exhibition coherence.
With regard to visual arts, the Museum displays painting and sculpture by Portuguese and foreign artists with significant activity in Portugal, from the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. It is also worth mentioning a sculpture and lapidary nucleus, from the medieval period to the 19th century, which is particularly interesting in the context of the Museum’s presence in the city of Porto.
In the decorative arts, the collection of ceramics, from the 17th to the 20th century, is particularly important, with a significant sample of faience manufactured in Portugal and some oriental porcelain. The jewellery, from the 17th to the 19th century, is represented in pieces of a religious and civil character. Also worth mentioning is the jewellery collection, with an archaeological component and pieces for religious and civil use until the 19th century. Textiles from the 17th century, European glass from the 18th and 19th centuries, and European and Eastern furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries complete the exposed decorative arts.