Leiria Museum is a window that opens out onto the memory of a long-inhabited land that reveals a whole new outlook on a complex reality, now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
However, the museum itself dates back to the liberal monarchy, owing its existence to persistent efforts made by Tito Larcher (1865-1932), which took shape with the creation of the Leiria Regional Museum of Works of Art, Archaeology and Numismatics in 1917.
In 2006, the process of returning the Convent of St Augustine to the population of the city began, a monument on which construction began in 1577 (the church) and 1579 (the convent complex), which now houses the New Leiria Museum.
The museum’s assets include Municipal Art Collections and an archaeological reserve on display in two separate rooms.
Narrating a sweeping history of this land, the long-term exhibitions guide visitors along a path through a rich, dense forest of objects, events and myths that make up one of Portugal’s central identities.
The second exhibition space houses temporary exhibitions, allowing visitors to delve deeper into specific themes and collections.
Since it reopened to the population, Leiria Museum has gained both national and international recognition, having received several awards.
> Rua Tenente Valadim, n.º 41, 2410-190 Leiria (near Santo Agostinho Church and Leiria Portuguese Red Cross Delegation)
> GPS: 39º74.1312”N | -8º 80.2841”W
> How to get here: http://bit.ly/1S29LYY
> Monday to Sunday: 9:30 am –5:30 pm
> Free entrance on Sundays
> Standard – 2,10€
> Children up to 7 years | ICOM Card* | APOM Card* | disabled citizens – Free
> Visitors from 8 to 15 years | over 65 years | Youth Card | Students- 1,05€