Abbey of Baçal Museum
Housed in a building which was once an Episcopal Palace, the Abbot of Baçal Museum, in Bragança, opened its doors to the public in 1927, twelve years after it was created.
Classified as Property of Public Interest, the building houses a permanent exhibition of a large part of the collection from the former Episcopal Palace. The sacred art collection was joined by the collections of the Bragança Municipal Museum and the pieces collected by its first director, Abbot of Baçal and his successor Raúl Teixeira.
Pieces of archaeology, numismatics, epigraphy and ethnography are now part of the Museum's collection and illustrate the history of the North-eastern Transmontano region over the centuries.
More recently, the collection of masks on display shows visitors the important complex ritual of the traditional festive cycle specific to the region, classified in 2019 by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The presence of the works by Silva Porto, José Malhoa, Aurélia de Sousa or Veloso Salgado in the Museum's collections should also be highlighted, as well as the two series of original drawings by Almada Negreiros, in ink on paper, produced in the 1930s and 1940s and which represent an enormously important, though less well-known, facet of his vast graphic work.
A museum to explore!