Museu da Cultura Castreja (Museum of Castro Culture)

Museu da Cultura Castreja
Place: Guimarães
Photo: CM Guimarães
Museu da Cultura Castreja (Museum of Castro Culture)

Museums and Palaces

The Museu da Cultura Castreja (Museum of Castro Culture) is housed in the Solar da Ponte, an old farmhouse built in the late 18th century that belonged to the family of Francisco Martins Sarmento (1833-1899). It was part of a vast property that included farmland, a threshing floor, granaries, a mill, stables and houses for the farm's tenants.

Martins Sarmento, who usually lived in Guimarães, used this space as a country house and stayed here during the archaeological works he carried out in Citânia de Briteiros and Castro de Sabroso, both located nearby. It was also here that Sarmento received various friends such as the writer Camilo Castelo Branco or the European researchers who visited the Citânia in 1880 and wrote their testimonies here, such as Émile Cartailhac and Henri Martin, from Paris, Rudolf Virchow from Berlin, Juan Vilanova from Madrid and Adolf Pavinsky, from Warsaw.

After Sarmento's death in 1899, the Solar da Ponte, donated to the Sociedade Martins Sarmento (SMS), was no longer used as a permanent dwelling and gradually fell into disrepair, most of the original rooms having disappeared. Finally, a full restoration of the manor house was possible in 2003, when the Museu da Cultura Castreja (Museum of Castro Culture) was installed, a thematic extension of the Sociedade Martins Sarmento's Archaeological Museum.



Rua do Solar
4805-448 São Salvador de Briteiros - Guimarães
+351 253 478 952

Guided Tours

Winter: 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.-5 p.m.;
Summer: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.-6 p.m.;
Closed: 1 January, Easter Sunday and 25 December

Disabled access
Reserved parking spaces
Accessible route to the entrance:
  • Total
Accessible entrance:
  • Total
Reception area suitable for people with special needs
Accessible circulation inside:
  • Total
Accessible areas/services:
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Auditorium
Accessible information:
  • Information panels
  • Key
  • Interative and audiovisual presentations
  • Items for tactile exploration
Care skills:
  • Motor disability
  • Mental disability
Support products/services available:
  • Mental disability
Credit cards accepted

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