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Mineral/Geology Museums in Portugal

PhotoMuseum NameLocationDetails


Aliança Underground MuseumSangalhos,
Comendador José Berardo's mineral and fossil collections. The Aliança Underground Museum is an exhibition space, displayed along the traditional wine cellars of Aliança Vinhos de Portugal. Including eight private collections, the public has access to diverse artefacts from the fields of archeology, ethnography, ...
Casa das Pedras Parideiras - Centro de Interpretação
Pedras Parideiras House - Interpretative Center
If you want to know the dynamics of the Arouca Geopark and the origin of the Pedras Parideiras (Rocks delivering stones), you should visit the Pedras Parideiras House – Interpretative Center. Open to the public since November 2012, its objective is to contribute to the preservation, understanding and appreciation of ...
CIGC-Arouca Centro de Interpretação Geológica de Canelas-Arouca
Canelas-Arouca Geological Interpretation Centre
Almost two centuries have gone by since slate was first extracted in Canelas. The tradition of extracting slate has continued in the region, with only brief interruptions, and numerous fossil invertebrates have been found, particularly Trilobites. The fossil contents of this slate were first studied by Décio Thadeu ...


Centro de Interpretação Geológica de Morais
Morais Geological Interpretation Center
Macedo de Cavaleiros,
Geopark Terra de Cavaleiros
Museu do Ferro e da Região de Moncorvo
Museum of Iron of Moncorvo
Torre de Moncorvo,
The Iron and Moncorvo Regional Museum is a museum and cultural institution destined for the promotion of knowledge and awareness regarding the archaeological and mining heritage of the territory, the villages and the communities which formed in the Serra do Roboredo region and the Vale da Vilariça. There is a special ...


Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra
Museum of Science of University of Coimbra
An estimate of the Mineralogy, Geology and Palaeontology collections points to the existence of more than 20.000 items, initiated at the end of the 18th century with specimens from Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries. The mineralogical collection contains foreign and Portuguese minerals and holds nearly ...


Museu do Mármore Raquel de Castro
Museum of Marble
Vila Viçosa,
The Marble Museum is inside the Gradinha marble quarry. This museum offers an interesting look at Alentejo's local marble industry, which has sustained Vila Viçosa and made it prosperous in the last decades. Since the extration to the processing of marble, through the presentation of objects and tools used, the ...


Centro de Interpretação Científico-Ambiental das Grutas da Moeda
Caves of Coin Scientific and Environmental Interpretation Centre
Caves of Coin Scientific and Environmental Interpretation Centre is a place where students, tourists and public in general can find answers to the multiple questions regarding the general Earth Sciences, with access to equipments and exhibitions that help to provide explanations for the geologic and environmental ...


IST Museus Alfredo Bensaúde e Décio Thadeu
IST Museums Alfredo Bensaúde and Décio Thadeu
The collections and other relevant objects that constitute the IST Museum Alfredo Bensaúde have been collected in two distinctive periods of time. A first period, between 1852 and 1911, corresponds to the “Heritage of the Instituto Industrial e Comercial de Lisboa (IICL)”, and a second period, from 1911 to the ...
Museu Geológico de Lisboa
Geological Museum of Lisbon
The Geological Museum of Lisbon began being organized in 1859 with the items assembled during the works of the Geological Commissions and later on of the Portuguese Geological Survey and the Geological Mining Institute. Its samples (fossils, rocks, minerals and archaeologic objects) are open to the national and ...
Museu Geológico do ISEL
Geological Museum of ISEL
The Geological Museum of ISEL has thousands of samples of minerals,rocks and fossils. These samples were collected in Portugal and in the former colonies of Africa. They have great museological value, as they are part of the estate of the Institute of Lisbon (precursor of ISEL) and were, at the time of creation of ...
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência
MUHNAC - National Museum of Natural History and Science
MUHNAC - National Museum of Natural History and Science is the public brand of the specialized unit Museus da Universidade de Lisboa (Museums of the University of Lisbon), created in October 2011. This museum follows the National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science of the Lisbon University, integrating ...


Museu da Lousa
The Slate Museum
The Slate Museum is open since October 2001 and was conceived to provide knowledge of one of the most characteristic traditions of Valongo, the extraction and transformation of slate, as well as to promote the mining heritage of the municipality. It is possible to schedule guided tours and visit some places where the ...
Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto (MHNC-UP)
Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP)
The MHNC-UP was formally established by the end of 2015 as the outcome of the merger between the Museum of Natural History of the University of Porto and the Science Museum of the University of Porto – Faculty of Sciences. The geology collection is composed of rocks and minerals mostly originated from Portugal and ...
Museu de Jazigos Minerais Portugueses
Museum of Portuguese Natural Deposits
São Mamede de Infesta,
The Museum of Mineral Deposits is a repository of samples of metallic, non-metallic and energy resources collected in Portuguese mines. This is an unique heritage of samples of minerals, rocks, crystals and fossils collected in the Portuguese mines that were exploited in the past and are currently stalled, and ...
Museu Mineiro de São Pedro da Cova
Mining Museum of São Pedro da Cova
São Pedro da Cova,
Located in the former house "Casa da Malta" which served as accommodation to the workers who arrived from other parts of the country the Mining Museum of São Pedro da Cova's mission is to preserve the geological and mining heritage of the region.


Ecomuseu das Salinas da Fonta da Bica
Ecomuseum of Fonte da Bica Salt Pans
Rio Maior,
These salt pans are located about 3 km from Rio Maior and fit into a typhonic valley at the foot of the Serra dos Candeeiros. Surrounded by woods and farmland are considered a wonder of nature, since the sea is 30 km. There is a very large halite deposit in the subsoil of this region; the saturated water is pumped ...


Museu Mineiro do Lousal
Mining Museum of Lousal
Between 1934 and 1992, energy supply for the Lousal Mining Complex and housing was provided by the Power Plant. Since 1996, in the scope of the Lousal Integrated Rehabilitation and Development Project (RELOUSAL), the Frédéric Velge Foundation established a protocol with the Portuguese Association of Industrial ...

Viana do Castelo

Centro de Interpretação da Serra d'Arga - CISA
Serra d'Arga Interpretation Centre
Viana do Castelo
The Serra d'Arga Interpretation Centre is an infrastructure to support the valorization and promotion of the natural and landscape resources of Serra d'Arga. It is located in an old forest guard's house, in the parish of Arga de Baixo, about 15 km from the village of Caminha, in the district of Viana do Castelo. As ...

Vila Real

Ecomuseu de Barroso - Centro Interpretativo das Minas da Borralha
Barroso Ecomuseum - Interpretation Center of the Borralha Mines
Vila Real
A consciência da necessidade de salvaguardar um vasto património industrial e mineiro, nas suas múltiplas vertentes, levou o Município de Montalegre e o Ecomuseu de Barroso a delinear um projeto, capaz de assumir a responsabilidade de definir uma estratégia de desenvolvimento local. Assim nasceu, em 2015, o ...
Museu de Geologia Fernando Real - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
UTAD Geology Museum
Vila Real,
Vila Real
The UTAD Geology Museum, was founded in 1985 by Prof. Doctor Fernando Real, noted geologist and Rector of the Universitary Institute of Tras-os-Montes that the following year would become the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro. To create the Museum contributed greatly the teachers who made up the Department ...


Museu do Quartzo - Centro de Interpretação Galopim de Carvalho
Museum of Quartz
The Quartz Museum is located at a former quartz exploitation, Monte de Santa Luzia in Viseu, center north of Portugal, Santa Luzia Quarry. The exhibit consists of six distinct stages: Quartz in Monte de Santa Luzia, the Earth as a Source of Quartz, the Kingdom of Quartz, the ‘Properties of Minerals’ Lab, a ...
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