Services - Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis







Education does not transform the world.
Education changes people.
People transform the world.

Paulo Freire


The word museum is old, but it doesn’t smell of mould!

Museums are a place for everyone and by everyone. They are places for questions and answers, for discovery and construction, for transformation, but also for fun. Learning in a fun way. That’s what it’s all about when we talk about Education in Museums and when we talk about the Soares dos Reis National Museum’s Education Service.


To be a place where people and the world are valued.


To provide spaces for mediation that create learning, experiences and memories.










If you want to visit the Soares dos Reis National Museum on your own and in your own time, we have information guides to help you.

Visit guide – History of the Soares dos Reis National Museum
Visit guide – Artists in the collections of the Soares dos Reis National Museum

The Soares dos Reis National Museum ‘s Education Service offers multiple experiences, for different audiences and different ages, so that you can get involved and come back. You can enjoy this cultural offer with or without an appointment.


+351 223 393 770 Ext 149 e 150


Documentation and Information

The Documentation and Information Service includes the Library and the Soares dos Reis National Museum Archive.

The Library is specialized in Art History, namely in the thematic areas of its collections – Painting, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Engraving, Drawing, Archaeology –, as well as Museology and the History of Porto. The documentary collection consists of reference works, monographs, periodicals, museum catalogues, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, academic theses and also collections of posters, postcards and leaflets.

The Archive, reflecting the museum’s activity and history, is divided into two collections: that of the Soares dos Reis National Museum and that of the Porto Municipal Museum. The Archive’s services include the processing and control of documentation and information, as well as consultation and dissemination.


Opening hours

The Library is open on working days from 10.00 to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 to 5.00 pm, except on national and municipal holidays.

Access to the Library requires prior booking by email.


Library Catalog available here

Regulations available here


+351 223 39 37 70


The Library is part of the Quarterly Bibliographic Bulletin of the DGPC Library Network, with highlights of the collection.


Conservation and Restoration

Conservation and Restoration

The Soares dos Reis National Museum carries out continuous conservation and restoration work, as part of the managing and monitoring of its different collections. It also participates in research projects aiming to develop new conservation and restoration techniques and procedures.


GEO-SR Project

The GEO-SR project aims to fill a deep gap in scientific and technological knowledge regarding the material, conservation and symbolic components of 19th century European geomaterial sculpture by studying 35 sculptures by António Soares dos Reis.

The team is led by the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal and includes researchers from GeoBioTec, a University of Aveiro research centre; the Physics Centre of the University of Minho; Construct, a research unit of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and the MNSR, whose role here is as an incubator for the applicability of the collected data.

Funding – the European Regional Development Fund section of COMPETE 2020 and the State budget component of the Science and Technology Foundation.


Bento Coelho da Silveira Scientific study

The conservation and restoration of the painting and frame was carried out under the patronage of His Highness, Prince Aga Khan, and its main goal was to restore the work’s material and aesthetic integrity.

It was preceded by a technical-scientific study involving researchers from the MNSR and three universities (the HERCULES Laboratory at the University of Évora, the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal and the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography and Mineralogy at the University of Valladolid).


MOLAB 2018 Project

The participation of the MNSR in the MOLAB project,which consisted of a mostly non-invasive and portable analysis of bronze pieces by António Soares dos Reis (using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, thermography and μ-Raman techniques), allowed the sample group of sculptures under study to be expanded, making comparative data even more significant.

Funding – HERCULES Laboratory, University of Évora, complemented by a PhD thesis funded by the Science and Technology Foundation.


Lending Spaces


The lending of spaces in the dependent services and properties allocated to the Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage is legally regulated and provides for the hosting of events of a cultural, social, academic, scientific, commercial, business, tourist or promotional nature.

At the Soares dos Reis National Museum, there are different spaces available for rent.



Capacity – 176 seats

Part of the Soares dos Reis National Museum’s remodelling and expansion project, designed by architect Fernando Távora, the auditorium has unique acoustics that make it a multi-purpose room suitable for holding various types of events – concerts, music or poetry recitals, book launches, solemn acts, conferences and the like.


Auditorium Gallery

Capacity – 200 seats

This space provides a link between the permanent exhibition galleries and the temporary exhibition rooms.


Square Room

Capacity – 40 seats or 50 standing places

Multi-purpose room. It can be rented together with other spaces to serve as a support room for meetings, presentations and workshops.



Capacity – 300 seats or 500 standing places

Lined with an 18th century tile panel and with access to the Camellia Garden, it is a transversal space that can be used for various activities.


Camellia Garden

Capacity – 70 seats

This outdoor garden is made up of beds with various species of camellias that are distributed around a central fountain. Accessed from the riding arena, the Camellia Garden can be used for various events.


Rainha D. Amélia Velodrome Garden Lobby

Capacity – 80 seats

A multi-purpose space with a privileged view of the Rainha D. Amélia Velodrome Garden, this indoor space makes it possible to hold different activities such as meetings, cultural events, lectures, workshops, among others. When the weather permits, it is also possible to open the doors and extend the activity to the Rainha D. Amélia Velodrome Garden.


Rainha D. Amélia Velodrome Garden

Capacity – 400 seats or 700 standing places

An outdoor garden where various events can be organised, taking advantage of the scenic surroundings, the evocation of the old D. Amélia Velodrome, created by King Carlos, and the permanent exhibition of pieces from the Soares dos Reis National Museum’s Lapidary collection. It is possible to set up a marquee and/or hire the Lobby. This space is accessible via an independent museum entrance located in Rua Adolfo Casais Monteiro.


Education Service Room

Capacity – 35 seats

Space suitable for holding different activities such as workshops, lectures or presentations.


Regulation on the Lending Spaces for museums, monuments and palaces dependent on the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage

MNSR Price List (effective as of 2023-09-01)

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Lending Images

Digital searches of the Soares dos Reis National Museum collection are available through the MatrizPIX platform. All requests for images related to the Soares dos Reis National Museum and other national museums, monuments and palaces must be sent, at least 15 days in advance, to the Photographic Documentation Archive by email to


Photographic Documentation Archive

Forte de Sacavém,
Rua do Forte do Monte Cintra,
2685-141 Sacavém

Tel: (00 351) 219427782


Regulations on the use of images