Memories of a king and of a golden age
Surrounded by gardens of the Palácio de Cristal overlooking the Douro River, the Romantic Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha is a veritable trip back in time to the Romantic period.
The building was built in the middle of the 18th century, in an area of the city where the estates owned by the great merchants were commonplace. In addition to leisure venues, with gardens and wooded areas, these farms also had orchards and vegetable gardens.
Quinta da Macieirinha was also the place where the King Carlos Alberto de Sabóia – who had abdicated from the Principality of Piedmont and Sardinia and had sought exile in Porto – died on July 28, 1849.
In the 60’s, the Porto Council Chamber decided to use the farm to recreate the environment of the nineteenth century, a period of great liveliness of the city. After purchasing the building, several pieces were collected for his estate. Humberto de Sabóia, Carlos Alberto’s great-great grandson, offered the replicas of the furniture in the room where his grandfather had died. The newspapers, magazines and paintings of the time were an important source of information to revive the environment of the time. The offerings of the Soares dos Reis Museum and other individuals and some acquisitions completed the collection that can be seen today. The museum was inaugurated on July 27, 1972.
Furniture – The Empire style furniture and romantic features dominates the collection.
Painting- Among the wall paintings, Canvas Room Murals and Billiards are featured, as well as works by Roquemont and Francisco José Resende, with costumes and popular scenes of the nineteenth century. The painting collection also includes the portrait of King Carlos Alberto, a landscape of Porto and flower paintings.
Textiles – Rugs, curtains and a vast collection of 19th century clothing are representative of the techniques and tastes of the time, as well as the habits and customs of the period.
Decorative Arts – Objects in glass, ceramics, wood, silver and metal, characteristic of the time.
Rua de Entre Quintas, 220 Porto
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10h00 to 17h30 and Sunday from 10h00 to 12h30 and 14h00 to 17h30.
Closed on bank holidays
Price: Free at weekends. Weekday entry: € 2.00 per person