Alberto Sampaio Museum
The Alberto Sampaio Museum was created in 1928 to house the collections of the Collegiate Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and other churches and convents of the Guimarães region. It is located in the heart of the historic centre of Guimarães, in the exact place where, in the tenth century, Countess Mumadona installed a monastery, around which the Vimaranense settlement was born. The spaces it occupies belonged to the Collegiate Church, and has historical and artistic value: the cloister and the surrounding medieval rooms, the former Priory House and the Cabido House.
It inlcudes important collections of sculpture (architectural, large and tumulary), covering the medieval and Renaissance periods and extending to the eighteenth century. The collection of goldsmiths is one of the best in the country: the Romanesque chalice of D. Sancho I, the image of Santa Maria de Guimarães (13th century), the processional crosses, and the magnificent Gothic silver altarpiece of the Nativity stand out. Also noteworthy are the protective vest that D. João I wore at the battle of Aljubarrota; the fresco from the 16th century featuring the Degolation of St. John the Baptist; the art collection from the 16th to the 18th centuries; the mannerist and baroque carving; embroidered vestments; the tiles and earthenware.
Address: R. Alfredo Guimarães, 4800-407 Guimarães
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 6PM
Phone: 253 423 910