Casa Grande Museum
The Casa Grande Museum collection includes collections of archeology, regional ethnography and local history.
The archeology collection comes from archaeological campaigns carried out in the parish of Freixo de Numão and encompass chronological periods from the Paleolithic to the Modern Age, with special emphasis on the Roman period. The ethnography collection consists of implements and agricultural tools related to the size of the land and objects related to breadmaking, pastoralism, wine, olive oil and almond production. Within the scope of local history, the collection of materials and documentation related to the history of the former seat of the municipality has been carried out.
The Casa Grande Museum of Freixo de Numão was established on the initiative of the Freixo de Numão Cultural and Sports Association, which since its foundation - on May 19, 1980 - has been dedicated to the promotion, study and dissemination of local heritage .
In 1983, the association acquired Solar da Casa Grande to design a Museum of Archeology and Ethnography there. The Baroque palace is a magnificent example of 19th century civil architecture, certainly one of the most imposing architectural expressions of its kind in the Douro region.
During the restoration and adaptation works of the building, remote occupation levels (Roman, medieval and modern) were found inside the building and in the annexed yard. In 1996 this museum space was opened with temporary exhibitions of Sacred Art, Archeology and Ethnology and in 1997 it opened the permanent exhibition.
- Casa do Moutinho Center
In May 2005, the Casa Grande Museum opened the “Núcleo da Casa do Moutinho”. This new space provides important support to researchers, creating a dynamic around the archaeological heritage, namely through the documentation center and material treatment rooms. There are also rooms for holding temporary and itinerant exhibitions and educational services.
- Freixo de Numão Archaeological Circuit - visitable archaeological sites: Term, Castelo Velho, Rumansil I, Juniper II, Colodreira, Roman Pavement of the Waterways, Historic Center of the Village.
Source: DGPC (www.patrimoniocultural.pt)