Reopening of “Casa Museu Marta Ortigão Sampaio” Porto
A small and very interesting museum in a modernist private house from the 50’s.
Marta Ortigão Ramos and her husband, Armando Sequeira, a textile business man, ordered the construction of this house to the young architect José Carlos Loureiro. Unfortunately they never lived there as Mr. Sequeira died in 1958 and his widow decided to move to another place.
The architect says that the idea of the couple has always been to move their art collection to this house. When Marta dies in 1978 donates the house and her vast art collection to Porto’s city hall with the request that the house becomes an Art Museum. Her wish becomes real only in 1996. Recently the museum closed its door during some time for important renovations and last July reopened with a fresh look.
Apart from an interesting painting collection from Portuguese painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, Indo Portuguese furniture from the 18th to 20th century, there is an impressive jewelry collection with 300 pieces from the 17th to the 20th century.
Although the interior of the house is now a little different, it still shows the distinctive components of the modernist architecture of the decade, along with elements brought deliberately by Marta Ortigão Sampaio.
The museum is located in the area of Boavista, close to Casa da Música.
Opens from Tuesday till Sunday, from 10h00 till 12h30 (last entrance at 12h00) and from 14h00 till 17h30 (last entrance at 17h00).