3 museums to visit with kids
There’s nothing better than a museum to entertain the kids. They can be visited year round: sheltered from the cold and rain in the winter and the ideal refuge for escaping the summer heat. Besides being fun, they’re an educational activity that encourages children to let their imagination run wild.
In Braga, there are several options, the majority of which are dedicated to the historical heritage of this ancient city. Today I’m sharing three of my favorites.
Located in the heart of the city, the Biscainhos Museum is the perfect match between history and entertainment. Here, little ones can discover so much about the 17th century, learning the value of the city’s historical heritage. They’ll walk straight into the past and be completely delighted by the palace, while visiting the permanent collection and letting their imagination blossom between old forms of transportation and musical instruments. Besides travelling back in time, the museum also has a lovely enchanted garden where the kids can play
Admission is free on Sundays between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM.
After this visit, you can stroll through the rest of the city – it’s in a very central location and close to many more museums, gardens and restaurants.
For older kids, who are interested in art, zet gallery, on Raio Street, is a great suggestion. Here, works of art created by emerging artists are showcased, so you can discover and get in touch with creators who may become very famous one day.
During the year, several activities are organized at the gallery, such as drawing and painting workshops for children, taught by experienced artists.
Admission is free and there are many exhibitions during the year, including painting, photography, sculpture and installations, which means it can and should be visited repeatedly, without fear of repetition.
If you’re looking for a more secluded and peaceful place, the Tibães Monastery may just be the perfect spot. After changing hands several times, this monument has a rich history and is a striking and important example of baroque architecture in Portugal.
Besides visiting a truly grand and historic monument and being delighted by the echoes in the corridors and the grand rooms, you can also stroll through the vast gardens, which are the true highlight of this monastery. In the gardens, the kids can play freely while observing centenary trees and a pond, enjoying the shade on a lovely summer day.
Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.
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