Leiria Museum is an open window facing the memory of a land inhabited for a long time that, at the beginning of the 21st century, reveals a new look at a complex reality. This institution has received several awards, such as Best Museography Work in the Portuguese National Museology Awards in 2016, an honourable mention in the Best Museum category and an honourable mention in the Physical Accessibility category from Acesso Cultura association.
The creation of the museum was made possible thanks to Tito Larcher’s (1865-1932) efforts that culminated in the Decree of November 15th, 1917 that created the Museu Regional de Obras de Arte, Arqueologia e Numismática de Leiria.
The year of 2006 marked the beginning of the ongoing process which gave Santo Agostinho’s Convent (the church was built in 1577 and the convent in 1579) back to the city, now as the site for the new Leiria Museum. The diverse museum program showcases not only the previous museum collection, but also municipal art collections and the archaeological reserve. It is the core of the municipal museums, open to the city and its region.
Leiria Museum is divided into two separate exhibition rooms. The first one houses a permanent exhibition, presenting a summary of the territory’s history, portrayed through a vast number of objects, events and myths, that define the core identity of the country. The second exhibition room presents temporary exhibitions, thus promoting a better understanding of specific themes and collections.
Rua Tenente Valadim, n.º 41 (near Santo Agostinho Church and Leiria Portuguese Red Cross Delegation), 2410-190 Leiria
GPS: 39º74.1312”N | -8º 80.2841”W
How to get there: http://bit.ly/1S29LYY
Monday to Sunday: 09:30 a.m. – 05:30 p.m.
Adults (allows the visitor to enter the Paper Mill and multimedia guide): €5,00
Children 8 to 15 | European Youth Card | Student Card: €2,50
Over 65 | Senior Citizen Card: €2,50
Children up to 7 years: Free
People with disabilities: Free