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).


The ticket is valid for two days;

Only one entry is allowed in each visiting space.

Spaces Opening Hours


Science Museum

10 am - 1 pm* | 2 pm - 6 pm*

Last admission: 15 minutes before

Included Spaces

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.