Serralves Museum

Set in the Serralves Foundation in Porto, the Serralves Museum is a tribute to contemporary art and exceptional architecture. Set amidst stunning gardens, this cultural treasure has become a sanctuary for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and curious explorers.  Let’s take a look at the history behind the Serralves Museum, its architecture, and what you can expect when visiting.

History

The Serralves Museum has a fascinating history that began in 1999 when it was established as part of the larger Serralves Foundation. The museum’s mission is to promote contemporary art and encourage cultural exchange. Since its founding, it has become a prominent institution in Porto’s cultural landscape and has gained international recognition.

The Serralves Museum is known for its pioneering exhibitions that showcase a wide range of contemporary artworks. These exhibitions push boundaries and challenge traditional artistic norms. The museum’s collection includes diverse mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, and multimedia installations, offering visitors a comprehensive and thought-provoking artistic experience.

Architecture

The Serralves Museum’s architecture is a true masterpiece of modern design. Designed by the renowned architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the museum combines sleek lines, geometric shapes, and a seamless connection with nature. Its white exterior, adorned with large glass panels, exudes elegance and floods the interior with natural light.

Upon entering, you will find a spacious and minimalist interior that sets the perfect stage for contemporary artwork. The museum’s layout features fluid exhibition spaces that allow for a smooth transition between different artistic expressions, creating an immersive experience. The interplay of light, shadows, and open spaces adds a dynamic atmosphere that enhances the enjoyment and understanding of the artwork.

Visiting Times & Tickets

Visiting Times

Open Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm. On weekends and holidays, it’s open until 7 pm.

Prices 

  • Museum of Contemporary Art: 13€
  • Park (Treetop Walk included): 13€
  • Serralves Villa: 13€
  • House of Cinema Manoel de Oliveira: 13€

Alternatively, a 20 euro ticket allows you access to all these spaces. Students, seniors, and those between 12 and 17 years old have 50% discount.

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