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 special places that pave the way and give wings. 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.








The MNSR Education Service offers multiple experiences, for different audiences and different ages, to get involved and come back to. With or without an appointment, you can enjoy this cultural offer.




We believe that the 21st Century Museum can be a fundamental resource for teachers and students in the teaching-learning process. Play in the museum to make your way, grow wings and fly!

Find the entire program in the Education Service Catalog for schools.

If you want to make a free visit to the MNSR with students, download the Visit Planning Support Dossier available for this purpose. This document does not replace the preparation meeting that you can schedule with the Education Service!



We believe that the 21st century museum is an inclusive and participatory space for all citizens.

Find the entire program in the Family Education Service Catalog.


COMMUNITY -Youth, Adult and Senior

We believe that the 21st century museum is a place of meeting, involvement and opportunities for all ages. A place that allows you to build new knowledge, consolidate practices and learn throughout your life by removing barriers to participation.

Find the entire program in the Community Education Service Catalog.



To make a free visit to the MNSR and enjoy, at your own time, the works on display, we provide the Itineraries for this purpose here.

Visiting itinerary – History of the Soares dos Reis National Museum

Visiting itinerary – The artists in the collections of the Soares dos Reis National Museum


For more information contact us!

Tel.: (+351) 223 393 770

Email: se@mnsr.dgpc.pt


Documentation and Information

Documentation and Information Service

Rui Pinheiro©MNSR

The Documentation and Information Service is part of the MNSR Library and 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 weekdays, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, except national and municipal holidays.

Access to the Library requires prior booking by email.


Library Catalog accessible here

Regulation available here


Tel: +351 223 39 37 70

Email: biblioteca@mnsr.dgpc.pt

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 action

Rui Pinheiro©MNSR

The MNSR carries out continuous work in the areas of conservation and restoration, in the context of managing and monitoring the different collections. He also participates in research projects with the aim of contributing to new studies on conservation and restoration techniques and procedures.


Projeto GEO-SR

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

The team is led by the Center for Research in Science and Technology of the Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal and includes researchers from GeoBioTec, a research center at the University of Aveiro, the Physics Center at the University of Minho, Construct, a research unit at the Faculty of of Engineering at the University of Porto and MNSR, which stands out here as an incubator for the applicability of the data collected.

Financing – COMPETE 2020 in its European Regional Development Fund component and by the budget of the Foundation for Science and Technology in its State budget component.


Bento Coelho da Silveira scientific study

The conservation and restoration intervention of the painting and frame was carried out through the patronage of His Highness, Prince Aga Khan, and had as its main objective to restore the material and aesthetic integrity of the set.

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


Project MOLAB 2018

MNSR’s participation in the project MOLAB, 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 to expand the sample group of sculptures under study, also making comparative data are more relevant.

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


Provision of Spaces


Rui Pinheiro©MNSR

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

In MNSR there are different spaces that can be rented.



Capacity – 176 seats

Inserted in the MNSR remodeling and expansion project designed by Architect Fernando Távora, the auditorium has unique acoustics that transform it into a multipurpose room suitable for holding various types of events – concerts, music or poetry recitals, book launches, solemn acts, conferences, and other similar acts.


Auditorium Gallery

Capacity – 130 seats

This space establishes the connection between the permanent exhibition galleries and the temporary exhibition rooms.


Square Room

Capacity – 40 seats or 50 standing

Multipurpose room. It can be rented together with other spaces to serve as support, such as a meeting room, presentations and workshops.


Riding arena/Patio

Capacity – 300 seats or 500 standing

Covered with a panel of 18th century tiles, and with access to Jardim das Camélias, it is a transversal space that can be used to carry out various activities


Garden of Camellias

Capacity – 30 seats or 80 standing

This outdoor garden is made up of beds with various species of camellias that are distributed around a central fountain. Accessed via the Picadeiro, Jardim das Camélias. can be used for various events.


Atrium of the Fence

Capacity – 40 seats or 70 standing places

A multipurpose space with a privileged view of the Jardim do Velodromo Rainha D. Amélia, this interior space makes it possible to carry out different activities such as meetings, cultural events, lectures, workshops, among others. When the weather permits, it is still 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 seats

Outdoor garden where various events can be organized, taking advantage of the landscaped environment, the evocation of the old D. Amélia Velodrome, created by King D. Carlos, and also the permanent exhibition of pieces from the MNSR Lapidary collection. It allows the setting up of a tent and/or the complementary rental of the Atrium da Cerca. This space is accessible through a museum entrance, independent and located at Rua Adolfo Casais Monteiro.


Education Service Room

Capacity – 30 seats

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

For more information


    Image Transfer

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    Rui Pinheiro©MNSR

    Digital research into the MNSR collection is available on the MatrizPIX platform. All requests for the use of images relating to the MNSR and the other Museums, Monuments and Palaces of the DGPC must be made, at least 15 days in advance, to the Photographic Documentation Archive, via email, or addressed to the respective Museums and Monuments that they will forward them to the Photographic Documentation Archive.


    Photographic Documentation Archive

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

    Tel: (00 351) 219427782
    Email: adf@dgpc.pt


    Regulations on the use of images