Science Museum

Average Tour Duration: 1h30min

This program includes the Chimico Laboratory, which houses the permanent "Visto de Coimbra" exhibition (has its focus on the Society of Jesus, which occupied the spaces where the UC Science Museum is installed today) and the interactive exhibition "Secrets of Light and Matter"(which explores the theme of light and matter from the scientific objects and instruments of the UC collections).

It also includes the College of Jesus, which houses the Cabinet of Experimental Physics and the Natural History Gallery.


The ticket is valid for two days;

Only one entry is allowed in each visiting space.

Spaces Opening Hours

 Every day

Science Museum

From march to october: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 19:00

From november to february: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00

Last entry one hour before closing.

Fare Singular - Base

Adult [from 19 to 64 years old]: €5.00
Senior [65 years old or above]: €3.50
Student [from 19 to 25 years old]: €3.50
Youth [from 13 to 18 years old]: €2.50
Child [from 6 to 12 years old]: €0.00
Child [less than 6 years old]: €0.00

Included Spaces

Science Museum - College of Jesus

Jesus College College of Jesus, face to face with the Chimico Laboratory, is the reconstruction of the old building of the same name, established in 1542 and inaugurated in 1698 by the Company of Jesus. After the extinction of the Company in 1759, the Pombaline intervention between 1773 and 1775 adapted the college, which began to house the equipment intended for the experimental teaching of science. In this spirit, the offices of Natural History and Experimental Physics have been created in the building, preserved here to this day. Physics Cabinet The University of Coimbra's collection of physics instruments is one of the most remarkable and rare in Europe. Initially established at the Lisbon College of Nobles, it was transferred to Coimbra to found the Cabinet of Experimental Physics. What remains of the 18th Century Cabinet are true works of art, valued for the richness of materials and the perfection in execution that still occupy the original rooms and furniture. Because it remains in its original space maintaining its characteristics from the time of its founding and because its collection of scientific instruments is a remarkable representation of the evolution of physics in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Physics Cabinet has been classified as a Historic Site by the Society. Physics College in 2016. Natural History Gallery According to the University of Coimbra Statutes, the Natural History Office of the University of Coimbra should include collections resulting from harvests coordinated by the Faculty of Natural Philosophy professors. Thus, the progressive enrichment of the estate of this office took place, starting with the incorporation of a private collection of Vandelli and enriched with the shipments sent by Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira collected during his Philosophica Trip to the Amazon. Today, the Natural History Gallery is developed by six permanent exhibition halls. The first room, called Domenico Vandelli's Office, features a number of collections that represent the oldest items of the museum, from the second half of the 18th century. This is followed by the Expeditions Room, where some specimens collected by Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira are found. The next four rooms are the Sea, Africa, Ostriches and Portugal rooms.  

Science Museum - Chimico Laboratory

The Chemistry Laboratory is the most important Portuguese neoclassical building. Built in the 18th century to teach Experimental Chemistry during the reform of the University started by the Marquess of Pombal. it typifies the enlightenment ideal of pratical science education. Since 2006, it has housed some of the Science Museum's scientific collections, displayed in conjunction with interactive modules. It was awarded the Micheletti Prize in 2008. One of the oldest Jesuit colleges in the world. Jesus College was essential in missionaries academic training, playing an important role is establishing links between Europe, Africa, Brazil and Asia. After the Jesuit Company was expelled from Portugal in 1759, the College became the centre of the Pombaline Reformation, and was remodelled to incorporate the new Natural Philosophy and Mathematics Faculties. The Cabinet of Physics arose due to the transfer to Coimbra of the Experimental Physics Department of the Royal College of Nobles in Lisbon. This Cabinet was classified as a Historic Site by the European Physical Society in 2016. The Natural History Gallery hosts collections of items brought back from Africa, Goa and Brazil during the so-called "philosophical journeys" made in the 19th century by the Portuguese Empire, sponsored by the Crown.