Museu da Sociedade Martins Sarmento, Guimaraes

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A Sociedade Martins Sarmento é uma Instituição cultural de Utilidade Pública fundada em Guimarães, em 1881, em homenagem ao arqueólogo vimaranense Francisco Martins Sarmento (1833-1899), cujos estudos científicos atraíram para Guimarães a atenção dos principais centros da cultura europeia do seu tempo. A sede da SMS, situada no centro de Guimarães, ocupa um imponente edifício projetado pelo Arquiteto Marques da Silva e estende-se ao claustro gótico do antigo Convento de S. Domingos.

O Museu Arqueológico da SMS é um dos mais antigos museus arqueológicos portugueses. Começou a ser instalado em 1885, a partir de um núcleo central constituído pelo espólio que pertenceu a Martins Sarmento, e distribui-se pelas dependências do extinto Convento de S. Domingos (escadaria moderna e claustro gótico, cujo segundo piso data de finais do século XIX, quando se instalou o Museu).

No espaço da sede da SMS encontram-se também instalados a Biblioteca e o Arquivo. A Biblioteca da SMS é uma das mais importantes bibliotecas privadas portuguesas, destacando-se o excecional fundo de livro antigo e o fundo local. O Arquivo documental reúne cerca de trinta mil peças, do século XII até à atualidade.

São também espaços da SMS a Citânia de Briteiros e o Museu da Cultura Castreja, também em Briteiros.

The Martins Sarmento Society (MSS) is a cultural institution founded in Guimarães in 1881 as an homage to the archaeologist Francisco Martins Sarmento (1833-1899), whose scientific researches attracted to Guimarães the attention of the main European culture centres of its time. The head office of the MSS, located in the Guimarães town centre, is installed in an majestic building projected by the Architect Marques da Silva and extends to the gothic cloister of the former São Domingos convent.

The Martins Sarmento Society Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest portuguese archaeological museums. It began to be installed in 1885 from a core collection that use to belong to Francisco Martins Sarmento, and extends through the old grounds of the extinguished São Domingos convent (modern age staircase and gothic cloister, whose upper floor dates back to the 19th century, when the Museum was installed).

The Library and the Archive are as well installed in the space of the head office of the MSS. The Library of the MSS is one the most important private owned libraries in Portugal, from which stands out the section of antique books and the local section. The Archive includes about thirty thousand documents, from the 12th century to nowadays.

The National Monument of Citânia de Briteiros and the nearby Castro Culture Museum are also spaces administered by the MSS.
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  • It's too bad that more effort is not being put into this place. Poor signage replaced with things in English would be a great start. On the second floor, they have several display cases with things in...  more »
  • Located in a unique building, with a courtyard in which stands one of the most beautiful Gothic cloisters I have ever known, is a small large archaeological museum, with pieces of incalculable value, and inescapable visit to understand and know the settlement of Citania of Briteiros (castro of the Iron Age, of the pre-Romanesque cultures of the northwest peninsular) that is about 15 km from Guimaraes. It is a foundation, society, that pays homage to Martins Sarmento, a man of science and an archaeologist who dedicated much of his life to Guimaraes, to the settlement of Citania de Briteiros, and to which in the nineteenth century, still alive, they wanted to pay homage with the constitution of this cultural space, today archaeological museum. Returning to the museum of the Martins Sarmento Society, there are many pieces brought from the aforementioned castro, as well as from other regions, highlighting different frisians in stone, a collection of curvy swastikas (what the Basques call lauburu) typical of the proto-Celtic tribes that inhabited the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula and various Germanic peoples). This museum also has an outstanding collection of coins, where it highlights the extraordinary degree of conservation and quality of Roman coins from several centuries BC (III BC). For its size and nature, some of the most interesting pieces of the museum are located in the courtyard, where the aforementioned cloister is located, such as the frisians of doors, the curvy swastikas and various statues, among others. In the different rooms of the museum, you can see many tools and some ancient weapons, many of them from Citania de Briteiros. But, for me, without a doubt, the jewel of this museum, and the main reason why we visited it, is its Gothic cloister. In addition, mention that the visit costs 3o per person, that there is a reduced price if you buy the joint ticket with that of Citania de Briteiros, and that we were lucky enough to make the visit alone, without other visitors, and so you enjoy a lot AND finally , to mention Sara, a young girl, worker of the museum, who took a guided tour showing us and explaining in an almost perfect Spanish the particularities of the main pieces exhibited in the different rooms, with sympathy and enthusiasm, for then let us tour the museum again and carefully for unlimited time. For the price of the entrance seemed to us an extraordinary service. Thank you Sara. Without your enthusiasm the museum would not be the same, nor the visits so complete.
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  • A hidden gem in the heart of a culturally-impoverished historical town. Beautiful building, holding a jaw-dropping small library - of free, public access. The place is in dire need for public funding, please help to support by donating or registering as a member.
  • Culture in its splendor
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