Dom Diogo de Sousa Regional Museum

Braga, Portugal

The collection of the D. Diogo de Sousa Regional Museum includes archaeological finds from across the Braga region. The collection covers vast chronological and cultural periods stretching from the Palaeolithic through to the Middle Ages.The Roman pieces are particularly impressive including tombstones and articles revealing the daily lives of people from Bracara Augusta to Rome.

There is also a highly rated medieval burial section.The museum was named in honour of archbishop Diogo de Sousa and his work after taking office in 1512 towards expanding and improving the city and its infrastructures.



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Founded: 1918
Category: Museums in Portugal


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Sue Cameselle (10 months ago)
I took my kids as they are studying the Romans at school (age 12 and 14). Bit disappointed. It's such a huge place I expected it to have more content and be more imaginative. Very dry, definitely not for younger kids, lots of broken bits of ceramic and glass. The special exhibition donated by a collector was the highlight. The museum's own collection is poorly presented, no explanation, no scenes of Roman life to integrate the collection, just cases of stuff. The excavated Roman villa with mosaic floor which was the reason the museum was built, is completely underwhelming. It's down a ramp behind the cafe with no signage (the lady in the shop had to tell us it was there and show us the way), dimly lit and in a dark, damp space. What a pity. This museum could be so I spiring for kids and adults alike but I stead it's a bit of a damp squib. We were in and out in an hour
Yami Chan (11 months ago)
Great museum. Entry was only 3€ but there was a lot to see. The new collection that was donated is very impressive. Ended up wishing I booked a tour.
Christopher Kennedy (13 months ago)
I was only able to spend around 1 hour here but it was a great experience for an amateur history enthusiast like myself. The museum had a concise but very impressive collection of ancient, primarily Roman, artefacts. The staff were clearly passionate and knowledgeable about their subject matter and very kind and welcoming.
Liesa M. (2 years ago)
Lovely service. Prices are very fair. The exhibition featured many interesting artefacts from different ancient civilisations. Especially recommend for anyone who is interested in Roman and Greek culture. Descriptions and historical backgrounds could be a little more detailed.
Runako Taylor (2 years ago)
Good museum the personal collection of the German couple is quite nice it appeared to be the most notable part of the museum. It was rich and had a great mix of pottery styles both Greek and Etruscan as well as jewelry and personal household items (lucernae to amphorae etc.) There were also mosaics and statuary pieces. The main museum had a lot of other artifacts including rupestral markings and 1st and 2nd millennium BCE pottery and artifacts from the area. This was a nice treat to see as the region has a rich pre Roman history.
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