Alberto Sampaio's Museum
The Alberto Sampaio's Museum was created in 1928 to house the collections of the extinct Collegiate Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and other churches and convents of the Guimarães region, then owned by the state. It was officially opened on August 1st of the like 1931.
It is located in the heart of the Historical Center, in the exact place where, in the 10th century, Countess Mumadona installed a monastery, around which the town of Guimarães was born. In the 12th century it gave way to a collegiate, under the invocation of Santa Maria, and, later, of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira.
Nowadays, the Museum occupies the cloister of the church and adjoining rooms, as well as the old (medieval) houses of the Priory and the Collegiate Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira.
The museum is essentially made up of sacred art, but you can also appreciate: "collections of sculpture (architectural in shape and tomb arhciteture) covering the medieval and Renaissance periods and lasted until the eighteenth century. The collection of goldsmiths is one of the best in the country: the Romanesque chalice of D. Sancho I, the image of Santa Maria de Guimarães (13th century), the processional crosses, and the magnificent Gothic silver altarpiece representing the Nativity, ends og the 14th century "(which king João I gave to Nossa Senhora Oliveira in thanks for the victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota; " it is also to emphasize the loudel (militar robes) that John I wore at the battle of Aljubarrota; the fresco of the 16th century featuring the Degolation of St. John the Baptist; the collection of paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries; the mannerist and baroque carving; the embroidered vestments; the tiles and the faience. "
Phone: +351 253 423 910
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10h00 to 18h00 (last entry at 17.45h)
Normal Entry 3,00 €
Over 65 € 1.50
Card € 1.50 Youth Card € 1.50
Up to 12 Years Free
Palace of the Dukes + Alberto Sampaio Museum 6,00 €
Palace of the Dukes + Guimarães Castle + Alberto Sampaio Museum 8,00 €
Free admission on Sundays and holidays until 14.00h for all citizens residing in the national territory.
Closing: Mondays and holidays (1 January , Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December)