What are the sources of the Museum’s collections?
1. The greater part of the this museum’s collections originate from the churches and convents of Coimbra and its surroundings. Following the extinction of the religious orders (1834), many of their possessions were transferred incorporated to the Museu das Pratas of the cathedral and to the Instituto de Coimbra from whence they were later transferred to the state museum – the MNMC. Acquisitions and private donations are a sigificant part of the museum’s collections.
What was the function of this building before the installation of the Museum?
2. From the twelfth century until 1910 this building was the Episcopal Palace of the diocese of Coimbra.
Joaquim Machado de Castro?
3. Joaquim Machado de Castro (1731-1822) was born in Coimbra and was one of the most well-known sculptors of the Portuguese Baroque working throughout the reigns of Don José, Dona Maria I and Don João VI.
Who was António José Rodrigues?
4. António José Rodrigues was a member of the Coimbra City Council which, following his death in 1928, honoured him by renaming the square, previously known as the Largo de São João, after him.
When was the Museum inaugurated?
5. Founded in 1911, the Museum opened its doors to the public on the 11th October 1913 being raised to the statute of a national museum in 1960. At present it is under the direction of the Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação (Ministério da Cultura).
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