Aveiro city museum

Come by train and discover the history of Aveiro, also known as the “Venice of Portugal”.

To make things easier, you can even buy your admission ticket to the museum, guided tours and educational workshops when you get your train ticket from our ticket offices.

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CP Services: Alfa Pendular | Intercidades | Regional and InterRegional | Oporto urban trains

Special conditions:

  • Product available for a minimum of 15 and maximum of 50 passengers;
  • Pay for the ticket (train + visit) at the CP ticket offices.

Oporto urban trains

  • €2 return on the urban trains per member of the group;
  • Price of guided visit to the Aveiro City Museum and the city of Aveiro: see the museum price list;
  • One free return journey and visit for every 10 minors in the group;
  • Journeys any day of the week. Any time at the weekends and most trains during the week except for some rush hour services (contact the group service for further details);
  • Bookings must be made in advance with the Oporto urban train group service.
  • These discounts only apply to scheduled Oporto urban train services.

Alfa Pendular/Intercidades/Regional and InterRegional

Prices depend on the number of people, date, time, route and the kind of services desired.

The following amounts are added to the price of the train tickets:

Aveiro City Museum prices, per centre

Museum sites Exhibitions Education services – Regular activities
Guided tours Educational workshops
Normal ticket Study tours Other groups
Museu da Cidade €2.00 €1.00 €1,50 €2.50
Museu Arte Nova €100 €1.50 €2.50
Ecomuseu Troncalhada €1.00 €1.50 €2.50
Price per person

One free visit for every 10 children in the group.

Undiscovered heritage, guided visits of the town

The Aveiro historical centre tour challenges visitors to discover the old town centre and appreciate the most relevant aspects of its architectural heritage.
Wandering through the narrow streets of the typical 'Beira-Mar' (Seashore) neighbourhood, you can see traces of the ancient fishing and boat building tradition. The circuit stops at the São Gonçalinho chapel, the most popular church in the town.
Crossing the canal, the tour heads on towards the civic centre, around which, in medieval times, they began to plan the town of Aveiro at that time. This is a great chance to discover the ancient origins of the town and some of the 17th century buildings that are still standing today and which were surrounded by imposing walls for many centuries.

Art Nouveau in Aveiro… Art on the façades

In the times between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the appearance of wealthy, intelligent bourgeoisie adopted the great artistic trends that dominated Europe and build art nouveau homes. Jaime Inácio dos Santos, Ernesto Korrodi, José de Pinho and Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha built some of the most beautiful examples that still exist in Aveiro with brightly-coloured façades and sweeping lines in stone and wrought iron.
The guided tour starts at the Art Nouveau Museum, an educational centre where visitors can grasp the context this artistic movement appeared in. The tour continues through the streets of the typical 'Beira-Mar' (Seashore) neighbourhood, where some of Aveiro's most iconic building lie, such as the Praça do Peixe, Pensão Ferro, the former Farmácia Ala, thr Obelisco da Liberdade, the old farming cooperative, the city museum and the House of the 'Ovos Moles' (egg yolk and sugar).

Visits with a taste of salt | Marinha da Troncalhada

The salt produced in Aveiro is the result of thousands of years of experience, but it was only documented for the first time by the Countess Mumadona Dias, in the year 959 AD. This document shows that salt farming was one of the most important economic activities in the region and the right-angled salt pans and the straw covered salt stores are still one of its symbols.
The Marinha da Troncalhada ecomuseum shows how salt used to be collected in Aveiro, using artisan methods used by the salt workers and keeps the memories of these people and their activities alive. Walking through the salt pans, visitors can discover a bit more about the history of Aveiro salt, enjoying the natural beauty of the lagoons and the wealth and diversity of the plant and animal life.

On the educational workshops, youngsters are invited to participate in a series of fun, educational activities – games, walks or hand crafts – that teach them about the key concepts about the history of Aveiro, Art Nouveau and the Aveiro salt. The activities are monitored by a guide from the City Museum whose mission it is to teach and accompany the children with their works.

Discover the 'Moliceiro' river boat

The visit explores one of the most symbolic emblems of Aveiro – the moliceiro (seaweed farmer) river boat – explaining how it works, the different parts, the tools that were used to harvest the seaweed and how to steer the boat, showing visitors a traditional activity that is slowly disappearing. The explanations given by the expert from the Museum are padded out with stories and poetry. The visit takes place inside the City Museum, looking at an example that is on display and outside as the museum is close to the town's canals. The visit ends with a small game of creativity asking the children to build the bow of a moliceiro from recycled materials. [Pre-school]

The salt pan water cycle

The aim of the visit is to explain how sea water is transformed into salt and how this happens in the salt pans. Beginning with a look at the structure and the materials used in the salt pan, visitors are them walked through the evaporation and decanting or sedimentation process that is essential to make salt. During the visit, the children are told about the importance of the lagoons as an ecosystem where everything co-exists. [up to grade 4])

Aveiro – Hiden City

This activity begins at the City Museum with an introduction to local history by watching an original film from the 50s. The film is the starting point for a team game that goes round the Praça da República, following clues and puzzles to discover the history of the main points of interest in the city of Aveiro. [5th to 9th grades].

Oporto urban train group service

Telephone: 221 052 482 (Working days from 9h30 to 13h00 and from 14h30 to 17h30)

Email: gruposcppt@cp.pt

Alfa Pendular/Intercidades/Regional and InterRegional group service

Telephone: 211 021 104 / 211 021 072 or 221 052 503 / 221 052 505 (Business days from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00)

Email: gruposLC-RG@cp.pt