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TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS MUSEUM

Two attractions in one, the 19th-century former customs building is an interesting feature in its own right. In addition, inside there's the Transport and Communications Museum which has a diverse range of interesting exhibits to suit the whole family.

THE NEW PORTO CUSTOMS HOUSE (ALFÂNDEGA NOVA DO PORTO)

Alfândega Nova do Porto

The tile of New Porto Customs House is a little misleading as it was actually constructed in the 1870s to replace the old medieval warehouses in Casa do Infante. This impressive Neo-classical edifice operated as the customs house for cargo ships that moored up on the mouth of the Douro River. During its heyday, the building was connected by rail to Campanhã train station for easy distribution of goods. The Alfândega Nova do Porto is located in a picturesque district west of central Porto known for its cobbled streets lined with townhouses and small traditional restaurants and riverside views. The old tram number one chugs its way past on its way to the Tram Museum and onwards to Foz. The building soon became obsolete as cargo ships became larger and trade moved to the port of Leixões 4km to the north in Matosinhos. Today its impressive façade facing the river can still be admired from the quayside in Vila Nova da Gaia.


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THE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS (MUSEU DOS TRANSPORTES E COMMUNICAÇÕES)

A few of the rooms of the building maintain some bureaucratic services but the majority of the space has been handed over for public use in 1992. The cavernous rooms and former warehouses make perfect exhibition space and as well as a conference centre here you'll find The Museum of Transport and Communications (Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações).

One side of the museum is dedicated to the history of the automobile and a true Mecca for petrolheads. The exhibition 'The engine of the Republic: the Presidential cars' houses the vehicles used by Presidents of the Portuguese Republic from 1910 to the present day. Keep an eye out for the two armoured Mercedes that was used during the Estado Novo period of Portugal's history to chauffeur the dictator, Salazar. Here too is a Rolls Royce Phantom III used for Queen Elizabeth's state visit of 1957. Other highlights of the fantastic collection of classic cars include the first automobile driven in Portugal, an 1896 French Panhard. Also here there's a Ford Model T, Jaguars, Opels, BMW's and Austins. Some pre-WW2 vintage cars such as Chevrolets, Rolls Royce Phantom V and Buicks are here too.

The Customs Museum and Library has exhibits and documents from the former Customs House such as seized goods, record books, tariff charts, office furniture and typewriters used by the customs' clerks. There are also scientific instruments on show which were used to check the safety of imported goods.
Weekdays: 10h00 – 13h00/14h00 – 18h00, Weekends: 15h00 – 19h00
Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €1.50 Porto Card Porto Card: 50% Get Your Porto.Card

Museu dos Transportes & Comunicações

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Getting There

Bus: 500 | Timetable | STCP Website

20 minute walk from Metro: São Bento (Line D) | Timetable Metro do Porto Website

1 Old Tram: Infante - Passio Alegre | Timetable STCP Website


Contact Details
Rua Nova da Alfândega - ed. da Alfândega, 4050-430, Porto, Portugal. | 41° 08' 27.9"N | 08° 37' 06.8"W
+351 223 403 000 | museu@amtc.pt |  Website

TOP TOURS

Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch

Day Cruise from Porto to Pinhão with Breakfast and Lunch

Soak up the beauty of Northern Portugal on this full-day cruise from Porto to Pinhão. Known as the heart of the Douro Valley, Pinhão is a traditional village that embodies Portuguese charm. The best way to see it is by boat. Enjoy breakfast onboard the vessel as you cruise up the Douro River, admiring the lush mountains and peaceful waters. In Pinhão, explore the village and visit winery estates and enjoy lunch before heading back down the river to Porto where your tour concludes.

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Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

Sunday Trip from Porto to Régua by Train and Return by Boat

Discover the UNESCO-listed splendour of the Douro Valley on this full-day trip to Régua from Porto, including a return boat ride. During a scenic train ride to Régua, you’ll see vineyards and valleys before you board a cruise ship set to sail down the Douro River. On this day trip to Régua an onboard lunch is included.



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Oporto Six Bridges Cruise

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