The Lamego Museum
Location 41.097281 | -7.806251
Useful Information
ScheduleMonday to Sunday. Closed to the public on the holidays of January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, September 8 (municipal holiday) and December 25. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



The Lamego Museum is housed in the old Episcopal Palace, sent rebuild on the 18th century by the Bishop Manuel de Vasconcelos Pereira. Founded in 1917 following the establishment of the Republic and the consequent nationalization of the Church property, his estate was initially made up of the existing objects in the Palace, complemented with several originated elements of the former Chagas Convent of Lamego, to which were added the archaeological collection of the City Hall, and until today, with its constant enrichment through donations.

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The collection in permanent exhibition reflects the museum history notable for its eclecticism and quality of its individual parts. The original estate of the Episcopal Palace, mainly composed of furniture, tapestry painting and sculpture, is largely complemented with jewellery elements, vestments, tiles and prominently, with the revival of some of the chapels gilded altarpieces of the extinct Chagas Convent of Lamego.

Of the entire collection, are especially relevant the objects classified by the Portuguese Government as National Treasures: a medieval tomb chest, decorated with a hunting scene. The panels that Vasco Fernandes (Grão Vasco) painted between 1506 and 1511; the set of Flemish tapestries, woven in Brussels in the first half of the 16th century that includes the four panels with drawing assigned to Bernard Van Orley, representing the tragedy of Oedipus, and the figurative tile panels with bucolic and hunting scenes, of the 17th century.

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    Online audio guides available for smartphones and tablets, through the Audite application (Google Play).

    Available in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

    CICERONE (hire tablets during the visit to the museum)

    Public Services provided:

    Hosting; Shop/Bookstore; Library and archives; Auditorium; Coffee shop service in the terrace regime for May to September. Temporary exhibitions. Providing event spaces.

    Educational Services:

    Aimed at promoting a greater complicity relationship with the community, able to engage different audiences and contexts, the museum educational service in order of permanent and temporary exhibitions, develops activities based on two thematic areas – art and heritage – in a context of learning aimed at extending reference horizons, mobilize cross-knowledge, value experimentation, developing autonomy and stimulate creativity. The educational activities are developed according to the group age with the learning objectives included in school curriculum and include guided tours, discovery trails, creative workshops, manipulation games, sensory exploration, identification and association.

    The education service is available to guide teachers and educators in preparing guided tours/workshops, as well as to host proposed projects and activities by the schools.

    Through its service to support research, teachers and students may access educational service to request support in curricular works/ projects.

    All the activities are subject to appointment and must be mandatory confirmed by educational service.

    Documentation/ Library Centre:

    In the genesis of the creation of the Lamego Museum Library is the "Library” of the extinct Episcopal Palace, which moved to the Museum when it was founded in 1917.

    For that reason, the current Museum Library, besides having a documentary background specialized in History, Art History, Decorative Arts, Archaeology and Museology, has also an important collection of old printed books and manuscripts of great historical and scientific value, assembled by successive bishops of the 16th and early 20th century.

    To highlight the Sacred Bible, a handwritten work, dated 1558, the oldest and most valuable that is in charge of the Museum.

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 18 pm, by prior contact.

    Phone: 254600230 Email:


    Up to 100 seats;

    Getting there:

    By car: A24 – exit Lamego;

    By train: Régua (connection by bus to Lamego) – Porto;

    By city bus: Porto – Campo 24 de Agosto, Fátima, Coimbra, Viseu;

    By express: Viseu – Coimbra – Lisbon – Viseu – Aveiro – Porto – Braga – Guarda – Covilhã:

    Régua – Armamar – Moimenta – Viseu – Coimbra – Lisbon.


    Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed to the public on Monday and holidays from January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1st, September 8 (municipal holiday) and December 25th. From 10h00 to 18h.