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Museu da Fundacao do Coa

Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
+351 279 768 260
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one of the most stunning museums in europe

architecture 1a, location/view 1a, content 1a, kitchen/restaurant 1a, guides 1a, its an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vienna, Wien, Austria
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A mix of student art and a travel back in time

The first part of the museum housed art from students from Portugal around the world showing their... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
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The final seventeen kilometres of the Coa valley contain hundreds of Palaeolithic engravings along the river’s banks, extending all the way to the River Douro. This zone has been made into Portugal’s first Archaeological Park. This Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2 December 1998. This entire open-air art collection, which buries the old myth of rock art only existing in caves, is exhibited in the Museum through original pieces of movable art, replicas of “rock panels” and interactive zones that use modern digital technology. The art can also be viewed in loco on organised visits to the valley with specialised guides (advance booking required). Visit also (no advance booking required) the Museum which provides an overview of the Ice Age Coa Valley rock-art, its archaeological context as well as magnificent views over the Coa and Douro rivers. Museum opening times: High season: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM; Closes at lunchtime (01:00 PM - 02-00 PM) in low season from the 20th of October until the last day of February. Closed on Mondays, 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
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Rua do Museu | Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa 5150-610, Portugal
+351 279 768 260
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

architecture 1a, location/view 1a, content 1a, kitchen/restaurant 1a, guides 1a, its an outstanding place, beautiful, educational, full of sensuality and experience, adventure even... if you can, book the night tour to the rock art places. fairy tale!!!

Thank LORIT123
Reviewed 27 September 2017

The first part of the museum housed art from students from Portugal around the world showing their perceptions of the area The museum itself showed a lot of replica displays as well as an array of artifacts that had been unearthed

Thank Henry1v
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

For €5 I would expect a lot more than a brutalist concrete bread oven filled with artefacts without multilingual facilities. The available interpretations were simplistic in the extreme and added little to the displays. The beautiful furniture (no doubt award winning) was fiercely uncomfortable. Save...More

Thank James P
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Aug 2017 €5 entry fee for adults under age 65. At first we thought perhaps this was an art gallery as the first two rooms were art displays. Upon further exploration we found there was much more to see of the history of the rock...More

Thank foamboy007
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is an interesting museum for Archaeological enthusiasts but unfortunately I am not one of them! We visited as it was an included tour from our River Cruise ship. Yes there are many exhibits and cave drawings and the guide knows her stuff, but sadly...More

Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The buildings are set into a cliff so you almost have a feeling of a cave. The exhibitions are modern and instructive, however there are few English translations. Most of the stone carvings are copies but it is well done. The workshop at the end...More

Thank Craig L
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The museum is architecturally pleasing and has just the right balance of information and presentation. The café/restaurant is also very good. I wish we had had time to plan a visit to one of the outdoor sites, but the replicas in the museum give a...More

Thank Callimachus
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This museum contains information about the rock art, pre historic ethcing in out door rocks.Amazing because these are not in caves. The view of the Duro Valley is worththe whole trip.

Thank Grant W
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Modern concrete / glass building - a must see when you are in the neighborhood – it totally blends into the nature. The museum gives a nice overview of the findings on top of the hill.

Thank Ben H
Reviewed 15 April 2017

A great museum; well presented and easy ti understand, with clear images and explanations. The architecture and interior of the museum also gives you the feeling that you are seeing the at in-situ (although of course you are not). Definitely worth a visit.

Thank terark99
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21 August 2015|
Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Hi, you will need to take the Douro line from Porto to Pocinho (see CP site for Porto/Régua/Pocinho timetables). Then you either take a taxi from Pocinho to the Museum or a bus from Pocinho to Foz Côa and then a taxi to the... More
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9 August 2015|
Response from Ant_ni0_F | Property representative |
Thanks for your message. As we only operate visita to the Park and Museum, we would recomend talking to a travel agency for details on a day trip to the Park. We believe these are available by train, boat or rented car.
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