Evora Museum is one of the most important in the city. So, it was remodelled in 2009. The façade looks amazing but inside was where the greatest modifications were made. Right now, Evora Museum has a few collections and an exhibition space at the same level as some museums throughout the world.
Created in 1915, the museum started exhibiting workpieces from Evora Public Library director, Dr. Augusto Filipe Simões, who (during the 1870s) collected Roman, Visigothic and Arab pieces which were part of D. Manuel Palace, the Roman Temple and Giraldo Square.
The existing collections have been gathered over time and later divided into several sections open to the public.
The most important pieces of Evora Museum are a set of 13 panels which represent the Life of the Virgin and 6 smaller panels representing the Passion of Christ, painted in mid-14th century by unknown artists from Bruges School. However, inside the museum, there are more paintings by other renowed artists: Francisco Henriques, Garcia Fernandes, Mestre do Sardoal, Theniers, Avercamp, Avelar Rebelo,…
Among other pieces, you can also see Roman statues and aras votivas (stones erected in memory of someone), tombstones of medieval times, the ceramic tile of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Limoges,…
Evora Museum has more than 20.000 objects of the most distinct themes, which makes it one of the most important in Portugal. The paintings have a prominent place on the first floor. The building itself is very beautiful inside too.
There are also interesting temporary exhibitions that make a visit to Evora Museum something even more special. Other than that, a few events may even take you to other fabulous destinations in Alentejo, Portugal.