The Municipal Museum – “Edifício Chiado”, located at “Rua Ferreira Borges” and is one of the highlights of one of the main commercial street of downtown Coimbra.
Going back in time, in 1905 the Great Warehouses of Chiado were inaugurated in Lisbon. A year later, two new buildings were established in Porto and Coimbra. Thus, in 1910 the new bulding of the Great Warehouses of Chiado were inaugurated in Coimbra, in a large and elegant building that stood out for the originality of the facade with metallic structures, the vastness of the shop windows and the illumination that, at night, created a mesmerizing effect. This architectural beauty is credited to a Gustave Eiffel’s student.
This first shopping center of Coimbra became, in 1950, a garment wharehouse and factory. In 1973, in danger of being demolished, the building was acquired by the Municipality and became the first municipal museum.
More recently, the Chiado Building has been requalified, retaining its architectural identity and preserving its estate. Reopening on 18th May 2019 , in National Museum Day.
It maintains the Telo de Morais Collection as well as two spaces for temporary exhibitions. Coming soon, from 9th January 2020 to 23rd February 2020, photography exhibition “Mais que um olhar”, by Duarte Henriques; from 11th January 2020 to 8th March 2020, painting exhibition “Revisiting the classics”, by Peruvian plastic artist Jorge Valdivia Carrasco.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Contact: 239 840 754.