Travel: Discovering Braga, Portugal – D. Diogo de Sousa Museum

November 6, 2015

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Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I was able to write on my blog! I had to work on my thesis and fortunately I was able to finish it in time! I’m so happy about that! This last Sunday I was able to relax a bit and I went to one of the several museums Braga has to offer. I’ve wanted to see this museum in a long time but I also wanted to go there in a free entrance day.

I went to the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum of Archeology. I was attended by a very nice lady who explained me the route and offered me a brochure. This museum opened in 1918 in order to preserve a roman mosaic found in the sight. You can see the mosaic every day for free since they have temporary expositions in the mosaic room.

The permanent exposition starts with pictures connected to the story of the museum itself and to archeological excavations performed in Braga and Minho region. Next, you see two rooms dedicated to archeological remains from Minho region that date before the Roman empire. They contain several remains, from ceramic to weapons and stone statues.

The next rooms are about the Bracara Augusta remains. This was a very important city for the Roman empire, since it was capital of Galaecia (what is today the north of Portugal and Galicia). They present objects of everyday life, like jewelry, glasses, ceramics. You can see coins that circulated in the Roman empire. You can also see miniatures of a domus and the therms in Bracara Augusta and at the entrance of the museum you see ones about the remains found in Braga. The last room is about tumbs from Roman times and also the first Christian ones. The last tumb you see is the replica of Saint Martinho from Dume, a place near Braga. At the end of the exposition you can see a very beautiful quote from Marcus Aurelius: “Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too”.

Besides this you have the mosaic room, which I didn’t visit at the time because it was closed (probably because they had an event earlier that day).

The museum offers temporary expositions throughout the year that are always free. This Sunday I saw a exposition related to Encontros da Imagem, which is a photography festival that occurs every year through October and November in Braga, with expositions in several places inside the city. I saw an exposition with Galician photography.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that they can appeal you to visit the museum. It’s worth it! 🙂

Fragmentos romanos. / Roman fragments.



Escavações na minha terra natal. / Excavations in my hometown.




A primeira sala: / The first room:






As salas sobre Bracara Augusta: / Bracara Augusta’s rooms:









A sala dos túmulos: / The tumbs:





A exposição temporária: / The temporary exposition:



Museu D. Diogo de Sousa

Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários

terça a domingo 10h/17h30

1º domingo de cada mês – 9h30/17h30 entrada livre

€3 entrada

€4 bilhete para este museu e o dos Biscainhos


D. Diogo de Sousa Museum

Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários

tuesday to sunday 10h/17h30

first Sunday of every month – 9h30/17h30 free entrance

€3 entrance

€4 this entrance and also for Museum of Biscainhos, Braga

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