Leal da Câmara House Museum
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Discover the Leal da Câmara House Museum, a hidden gem located in Rinchoa, on the main road connecting Sintra with Lisbon. Situated in the picturesque surroundings of Sintra's old town, the building was previously owned by the Marquês de Pombal and used as stables and staging post between his two palaces Quinta da Granja do Marquês (Terrugem, Sintra) and the Palácio de Oeiras. This charming museum offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the life and legacy of the Leal da Câmara family, one of Sintra's most influential aristocratic families.


In the 19th Century, this historic house served as a field hospital for Portuguese troops during the Napoleonic Wars, garnering a notable place in local history. However, its significance soared with the residency of one of Portugal's eminent artists. From 1930 until his passing in 1948, the house was home to the esteemed painter and caricaturist, Mestre Leal da Câmara. Following his widow's passing, the house was generously bequeathed to the Municipality of Sintra. In 1965, it opened its doors to the public as a museum, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Leal da Câmara.

Admire the exquisite architectural details of the mansion's facade and wander through its tranquil gardens, adorned with lush vegetation and sculpted hedges. Step inside to encounter a wealth of treasures, including furniture, azulejos, ceramics, and table lamps, all crafted by the talented artist himself. The museum proudly displays a diverse array of Leal da Câmara's creations, from his intricate caricatures and drawings to his exquisite fabrics, ceramics, and tiles. Additionally, visitors can explore an archive brimming with his personal letters and documents, offering a captivating glimpse into the artist's life and creative journey.

As you wander through the Leal da Câmara House Museum, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Sintra's rich cultural history and architectural heritage. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply a curious traveller, a visit to this captivating museum is sure to be a memorable experience. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and elegance of Sintra's past at the Leal da Câmara House Museum.

Tues-Fri: 10h00 – 18h00, Weekends 12h00 – 18h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Entance: FREE.

Contact Details
67 Calçada da Rinchoa, Rio de Mouro, 2635-312, Sintra, Portugal. | 38º 47' 31.4" N | 09° 19' 22.2" W
+351 219 164 303 | museu.lcamara@cm-sintra.pt

Getting to the Leal da Câmara Museum

From Lisbon take the A37 north west and turn off at junction 11. From Sintra head along the A16 east for six miles.

The museum is within a 15 minute walk from three train stations, Rio de Mouro and Mercês on the Azambuja/Sintra Line and Mira Sintra-Meleças station on the Linha do Oeste regional line.

• Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable
• Linha do Oeste Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website