Archaeological Museum of São Miguel de Odrinhas
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Situated just 11 kilometres (7 mi) away from Sintra in the village of São Miguel de Odrinhas, lies a captivating collection of ancient artifacts. Adjacent to a former Roman villa dating back to the 1st century AD, this museum has meticulously preserved items since the 16th century. It offers a captivating journey through more than two millennia of rich and diverse history, showcasing the succession of cultures in the region.

At the heart of the museum is Portugal's largest collection of Roman epigraphy, boasting approximately 200 stone tablets inscribed with Latin, Visigothic, and Medieval scripts. Visitors can also explore the original elements of the Roman structures on the site, including a polychrome mosaic, a remarkable Palaeo-Christian apsidal monument, and remnants of a Middle Ages necropolis. Notably, the museum houses three Etruscan sarcophagi, the only ones of their kind in Portugal.

For visitors' convenience, the museum offers a range of amenities including a library, an auditorium, restoration services, and a café, enhancing the overall experience of exploring this fascinating archaeological site.


Archaeological Museum of São Miguel de Odrinhas

Roman Tomb Stone - S. Miguel de Odrinhas Museum of Archaeology

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The São Miguel de Odrinhas Archaeological Museum boasts a rich history dating back to the Renaissance era, believed to have been established by Francisco d'Ollanda. Initially, a collection of Roman artifacts from across the district was housed at the hermitage of São Miguel. In 1955, efforts to preserve archaeological discoveries culminated in the establishment of a museum, with the current building erected in 1999.

Situated in the region known as "Finis Terrae," or the edge of the known world, Sintra held significant importance and mystical qualities for ancient civilizations, thanks to its diverse landscape and mild climate. The museum's collection reflects the cultural tapestry of Sintra and its influence on local customs, showcasing artifacts from various cultures that have settled in the area over the centuries.

With over 400 stone artifacts, along with coins, ceramics, metalwork, and skeletal remains, the museum offers a comprehensive glimpse into Sintra's past. Its two main sections, the Epigraphy Section and the Archaeology Section, span over two thousand years of history. The Epigraphy Section features a prized collection of Roman tombstones, considered among the most significant on the Iberian Peninsula, while the Archaeology Section displays millions of objects recovered from archaeological sites in Termo de Sintra, spanning from the Middle Palaeolithic Age to the 18th century. Notable pieces include artifacts from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Roman periods.

For visitors keen on exploring this rich history further, guided tours of the museum are available, providing a more insightful journey through Sintra's fascinating past.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10h00 – 13h00/14h00 – 18h00, (last admission at 17h00), Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Adult: €4.00, Concessionary: €2.00. Child: FREE


Just outside the São Miguel de Odrinhas Archaeological Museum, visitors can explore the remnants of a Roman villa dating back to the first century, featuring intricate mosaic floors. Nearby, the remains of a temple or mausoleum from the third or fourth century offer further insight into ancient architectural styles.

Adding to the historical tapestry is the Ermida de São Miguel chapel, which dates back to the 12th century. Throughout the year, the chapel serves as a venue for open-air plays celebrating classical culture. These performances, showcasing Greek and Latin theatre, provide a unique opportunity to experience the arts amidst ancient surroundings.

Perched atop a small hill adjacent to the museum is the Barreira Megalithic Complex, also known as the Conjunto Megalítico de Barreira. This Neolithic cromlech features 24 standing stones, some towering up to four meters in height. These stones bear witness to the site's sacred significance across numerous cultures throughout millennia. Regrettably, the megaliths now lay abandoned, concealed by overgrown shrubs, yet their presence resonates with the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.
38° 53' 03.2" N | 09° 22' 17.4" W

Barreira Megalithic Complex

The Barreira Megalithic Complex (Conjunto Megalítico de Barreira)


The museum café is open for both visitors and the public in general. Out door seating is available. 09h00 - 18h00.

Toilets on the site.

The Museum has a large parking lot for visitors' vehicles, as well as suitable space for excursion buses.

Guided Tours available.

Easy Access.
Archaeological Museum of São Miguel de Odrinhas

S. Miguel de Odrinhas Museum of Archaeology


Estrada Nacional 247 (Sintra-Ericeira road), at the crossroads follow signs to São Miguel de Odrinhas.

The bus #1633 to Ericeira run by Caris Metropolitana runs once or twice an hour from Portela de Sintra train station.
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Contact Details
Avenida Prof. Dr. D. Fernando d´Almeida, Odrinhas São João das Lampas, Sintra, Portugal.
38° 53' 13.5" N | 09° 21' 58.6" W
+351 219 609 520 | |  Website