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Casa do Infante

231 Reviews

Casa do Infante

231 Reviews
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June A wrote a review Oct. 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom2,049 contributions588 helpful votes
I had the same problem as the previous reviewer, even though I viisted pre Covid (almost a year ago in fact). The website said it was open yet when I got there they were shutting up for the day and every time I passed by for the rest of my time there it seemed to be closed also. The staff did allow me nevertheless to walk up the barrier in the main hall to look at the ceiling, but alas that was all I got to see.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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DezzerG wrote a review Mar. 2020
Mirfield, United Kingdom66 contributions17 helpful votes
I’m not intending to “rubbish” this museum, as we had been advised that it was really worth a visit. However, I can hardly give endorsement to a venue that’s closed when the internet tells me it’s open. We turned up today (12-3-2020), only to find a notice slapped on the door ..... closed until further notice was the message, echoed by a member of staff as he disappeared through the front door. It happened two days ago, but the web site still shows opening hours. I don’t think so! We’re going home tomorrow; be aware that this isn’t the only museum closed.
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Date of experience: March 2020
John B wrote a review Feb. 2020
Northampton, United Kingdom16 contributions5 helpful votes
A wonderfully preserved building of great significance in the heart of the old town - worth a visit for the ambience once you step inside the courtyard. The birthpace of Henry the Navigator and the home of the Porto Mint for centuries. You get a snapshot of Porto's history here, from Roman times through its period of colonial expansion. You feel you are at the heart of where a great European nation started to develop. An oasis of calm in the middle of a busy city. Cheap entry - free for children and senior citizens. Go there and ponder on Porto's far-reaching history!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Just Ange wrote a review Jan. 2020
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The customs house was a real surprise. It has the remains of buildings from very different time points in the city's history and the mozaic floor from the Roman era is still in good condition. Very impressive.
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Date of experience: January 2020
auntie of port wrote a review Oct. 2019
17 contributions4 helpful votes
This museum is free to those who are over 65 years, not free tor everyone. I would have paid a lot more to walk this historic museum and read and view its huge amount of information. A docent would have been nice, but they work on a shoestring budget. I see that trip advisor offers a personal tour of this museum which might be nice if you want more information. So, some highlights: The mosaic floors from the actual castle; good use of digital displays to focus on porcelain brought back from Asia; good use of interactive displays of indigenous flora and fauna brought back from Brazil complete with animal sounds. The diorama of the city that uses a red laser light to point out areas of Porto from Henry the Navigator’s days was very informative. It helped my understanding of the various areas of Porto snd how they developed. we had seen what turned out be parts of the original city wall in Batahla near the Funicular. I could go on and on, but I believe you must see this yourself, since each person has different interests. Unfortunately, the entry to this fine museum is currently hidden behind scaffolding and red and orange netting. All text is provided in Portuguese, English, French and one other language I did not know (Spanish?). Here are their hours as I remember them. Closed Mondays. Other days open 9:30am to 5:30pm, except for Tuesdays, when they are closed from 1-2pm. They may be closed Sundays too.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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