Visit the Serralves Museum in Porto: tickets, prices, opening hours

Musée Serralves, Porto

Are you going to Porto for a few days and don’t want to miss out on the city’s gems? Don’t miss out on a visit to the Serralves Museum!

Planning a vacation in Porto? Perfect! While travelers rarely miss the Ribeira district, Vila Nova de Gaia, the Clerks’ Tower or the Stock Exchange Palace, some may be more reluctant to wander the aisles of a museum.

However, a visit to the Musée Serralves will appeal to all types of public, modern art enthusiasts and laymen alike, given the bewildering nature of its installations and the themes of its exhibitions.

Let’s set off on a surprising journey of discovery!

History of the Serralves Museum

Musée Serralves, Porto

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The Serralves Foundation was created in 1989, while the Casa da Serralves and the park had already been open since 1987. It was not until 1991 that the Museum project was launched. The building was inaugurated in 1999.

The superb Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a magnificent building designed by Alvaro Siza Vieira, the famous contemporary Portuguese architect. The site is organized and laid out according to the latest precepts of museological thinking. In harmony with the times, the museum plays with light and space, modulating its structures according to the theme in question. No detail is left to chance. Everything is subtly and intelligently orchestrated to transport visitors into an artistic universe beyond compare.

While the museum is a work of art in itself, its eighteen-hectare gardens have nothing to envy it. Between French and English gardens, art lovers will be enchanted by the surrounding nature, bathed in a variety of atmospheres. At the turn of a grove or a pond, don’t miss the Casa da Serralves. This 1930s Art Deco gem, classified as an Iconic House, was partly designed by French architect Charles Siclis. The only drawback is that the interior is empty.

What to see and do at the Serralves Museum in Porto

Musée Serralves, Porto

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The Museum

The rooms and their architecture

Visiting the Serralves Museum is a true architectural adventure. In harmony with the times, the museum plays with light and space, modulating its structures according to the theme being explored. No detail is left to chance. Everything is subtly and intelligently orchestrated to transport visitors into an artistic universe beyond compare.

Each space is a work of art in its own right. The central hall is all about symmetry. Theright wing of the museum plays with light and openings, inviting the landscape into the space. The spaces in theleft wing blend wood and volume.

The direction of the visit is cleverly thought out, taking the visitor from a deliberately narrow staircase to the superb marble-floored room, which floods with light. Then it’s the turn of perspective to take center stage, as you enter the Wooden Room, where the 3-level ceilings entertain your gaze.

Theauditorium and library also rival each other in architectural elegance and originality.

The collections

Visiting the Serralves Museum means discovering over 4,300 works of art. These works are contemporary, meaning that they were mainly produced from the 1960s onwards.

The museum also offers a number of temporary exhibitions on artists who are well known in the art world and whose work breaks new ground. This is particularly true of artist Joan Jonas, whose installations combine video, drawing, text and sound. The museum site also serves as a stage for concerts and dance performances.

The Serralves Museum offers guided tours by appointment only.

Foundation Park

If the museum is more than a work of art in itself, its 18-hectare gardens are a match made in heaven. Between French and English gardens, art lovers will be enchanted by the surrounding nature, bathed in a variety of atmospheres.

Admire the sculptures in Serralves Park, each one more astonishing than the last!

To make the most of the park, there are a number of different itineraries. Duration varies from one to 2 hours.

La Casa da Serralves

At the turn of a grove or a pond, don’t miss the Casa da Serralves. This 1930s Art Deco gem, classified as an Iconic House, was partly designed by French architect Charles Siclis.

You can admire the building from the outside, before discovering the chapel, the interior architecture and the period furniture, of which only a few pieces remain.

How to get to the Serralves Museum

The museum is located at number 210 Rua Dom João de Castro, Porto. It’s quite far from the city center. There are several options for visiting the Serralves Museum and getting to the site.

By metro

  • Take the purple line (E) and get off at Casa da Musica. If you choose the blue line (A), the red line (B), the green line (C) or the yellow line (D), you’ll get off at the same stop, but change at Trindade Station.
  • Once at the Casa da Musica, walk to the Boavista traffic circle and continue your journey by bus.

By bus

You can choose one of the following lines: 201, 203, 502 or 504. Get off at theSerralves stop. Each of these lines operates during Museum opening hours.

  • Line 201 goes towards Viso
  • Line 203 to Castello do Queijo
  • Line 502 to Matosinhos Mercado
  • Line 504 to Norteshopping.

By car

If you prefer to reach the museum by car, a parking lot is available during opening hours. The entrance is on the Largo D. João III side. Vehicles are no longer admitted 30 minutes before the parking lot closes.

By train

If you’re coming from Aveiro, Ovar, Espinho, Ermelo or Valongo, you can get to the Museum by a combination of train and metro. Once at Porto station, take lines A, B, C or E from Campanhã station to Casa da Musica station.

Opening hours and prices of the Serralves Museum in Porto

Musée Serralves, Porto

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SCHEDULES

If you’d like to visit the Serralves Museum, it’s open every day, all year round, with the exception of a few dates.

  • October to March: 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends and public holidays
  • April to September: 10am-7pm weekdays, 10am-8pm weekends and public holidays
  • December 24 and 31: 10am-4pm
  • Annual closures: December 25 and January 1

Please note: It’s best to consult the museum’s website before planning a visit. Although it’s rare, it’s not impossible that all or part of the site may be inaccessible, particularly due to construction work.

RATES

Serralves Foundation

This ticket includes access to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the park, the Casa de Serralves and the Manoel de Oliveira Film Museum.

  • Adults: €18
  • Children aged 13 to 18, students and seniors over 65: €9
  • Free for children under 12

Please note: Discounts of 20 or 25% are available for holders of certain cards (CP Alfa Pendular, Porto-Card, Cartão Jovem, etc.). A 10% discount is also available at restaurants, bookshops and souvenir stores, on presentation of a Yellow Bus, Blue Bus or Douro Acima ticket.

  • Partial ticket (part of the site): €12
  • In this case, you have to choose between the museum, the Casa de Serralves or the film museum. Either way, the park is free of charge.

  • Combined ticket: from €22.40
  • With this ticket, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the treasures of the Serralves Foundation, while visiting another of Porto’s famous sites. You’ll save €5.40 if you buy the combined Serralves + Casa da Musica guided tour ticket, priced at €22.40. Other combinations are possible, including the Stock Exchange Palace or the Clerks’ Tower(Torre dos Clerigos).

    GOOD TO KNOW

    – There are lockers where you can leave your bags.

    – Pets are not allowed in the park.

    – It is possible to take photos without flash or to film the works, unless this is done for the purpose of commercialization or public distribution of the pictures or tapes. Photos and videos may also be prohibited at the artist’s request.

    – It is not possible to eat in the museum or picnic in the park.

    – Non-motorized vehicles driven by children may circulate in the park.

    – Swimming in the pools is prohibited.

    – Wifi access is available in the park, outside the museum and the Villa, in the on-site restaurant and in the library.