Museu dos Biscainhos
Rua dos Biscainhos, Braga, Portugal
253 204 650
Museu dos Biscainhos Braga Reviews
Wonderful history lesson Nov 27, 2010
If you are heading to Braga, there are probably two great things to do. The first is to visit its great cathedral, and the second is to visit Museu dos Biscainhos.
The rooms are wonderfully preserved and provide a snapshot into how the seventeenth century Portuguese nobility lived. Think of fine dining rooms, games rooms with pianos and cards, an industrial sized kitchen, and wonderful trinkets and housewares. Apart from the main rooms, you get to see the stables, an exhibition on clothes from previous periods, as well as the courtyard and gardens.
The entrance price was 2 euros when I visited, which is wonderfully priced and doesn’t prevent people from not seeing the site for cost reasons.
The money is very well spent too - you get a guide that takes you around the house at a leisurely pace. Though the guides only speak Portuguese, each room has a easily readable but comprehensive set of information cards in 2-3 languages, including English, and the guide will always utter a few words and make a few gestures that anyone can appreciatively understand. The guides also don’t rush you and give sufficient time to ask questions and takes photos.
After taking you around the various rooms, the guide allows you to wander the gardens by yourself.
The site is not too far away from the city centre and is easily accessible by foot. There is a secure cloakroom to leave your bag and outdoor coat.
This site is a wonderful snapshot into Braga’s past residents and history, and it’s a pity that it’s not as popular as it could and should be. I strongly encourage that you visit it.
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