Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

October 25
Visit 1 [visit focused on curatorship]
Curating the new long-term exhibition at the Soares dos Reis National Museum: challenges and negotiations.
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchair users: YES

The aim of this visit is to show the whole process of building the long-term exhibition at the Soares dos Reis National Museum, which recently opened in April 2023. The contexts, concepts and working methods behind the museum project and its communication will be presented. A field of work full of challenges and constant negotiation.

Mediation and Discussion

Ana Bárbara Barros
Museologist, Ana Bárbara Barros has a master’s degree in Museology from the Postgraduate Studies Course of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto, with a dissertation/research developed in the area of Education Professionals in Museums in the city of Porto, under the supervision of Alice Semedo (2008). She has a postgraduate degree from the same course (2004) and a degree in Historical Sciences/scientific area from the Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique (1996). She entered the professional world of museums at Porto City Council in 2000 and was in charge of the Educational Service at the Guerra Junqueiro House Museum until 2007. From 2008 to 2019 she was the Coordinator of the Romantic Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha, where she worked in the museum’s collections management area between 2019 and June 2021. Since July 2021, she has been at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in a context of public administration professional mobility, supporting the museum’s management and coordinating the design and assembly of the long-term exhibition, which opened in April 2023, as well as other strategic museum projects.

Ana Magalhães
With a degree in Communication Science from the University of Minho (2003), Ana Magalhães began her professional career as a journalist at the newspapers Público (2003) and O Primeiro de Janeiro (2003-2007). From 2007 to 2020 she was part of the Marketing and Communication Office of the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission, where she worked on communication plans for regional development programmes, the environment, spatial planning and European funds. She carried out brand activation, press relations and online communication actions. From 2014 to 2020 she represented the institution in national and European fund communication networks. Since 2020 she works in the Soares dos Reis National Museum, where she has been working on the Museum’s Communication Plan and developing actions related to long-term exhibition, temporary exhibitions and participation in collaborative projects. She has represented the Soares dos Reis National Museum in national museum communication network of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage.

Visit 2 [visit focused on museum architecture]
Different approaches to architect Fernando Távora’s remodelling project for the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis.

14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchair users: YES

Carlos Moura Martins is an architect and Assistant Professor of Design Studio in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra (UC), where he has taught since 1999. Graduated in Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture of the University Porto (1986), he holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Coimbra with a thesis on public works in Portugal in late eighteenth century, awarded with the Pina Manique International Research Prize (Academia Portuguesa da História). He is author of the book Os projectos para o porto de São Martinho e campos de Alfeizerão, 1774-1800 (Coimbra: Edarq, 2018) and of the book chapter “A aplicação da ciência à política do território na transição do século XVIII para o século XIX” (Coimbra: Coimbra University Press, 2017). He has been developing studies on the technical and scientific activity and teaching and research institutions of the Enlightenment, having as field of analysis the institutionalization and development of the Portuguese scientific culture and its diffusion in the European context. His main research interests are the processes of transformation of the urban space in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, having as analytical field the relations between the practice of the military engineering and the development policies for the territory.

How to get there

R. de Dom Manuel II 44, 4050-522 Porto, Portugal

Walking (from Palácio de Cristal)
5 minutes