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Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança

Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança; Edificio Sede
Edificio Sede

The Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança is split between two buildings - the Edifício Sede and Casa da Seda.

The Edificio Sede is a modern building that was built on the site of the old hydroelectric power station, which utilized the waters of the River Fervença to produce energy for the city from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1960s. The Casa da Seda is located in a restored building that was once a grain mill powered by the river and was also used for silk dyeing.

Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança
Casa da Seda

The Trás-os-Montes region in general and Bragança, in particular, were centers of silk production which is a major focus of the museum. There were once around 200 dye shops on the banks of the river that would discolor the river with their dyes.

Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança has lots of fun, hands-on exhibits, and audio-visuals that appeal to young children. Many of them on the subject of renewable energy, another subject covered in depth at the museum.

Many cities in Portugal have a Centro Ciência Viva (Live Science Center).

Lagos has a Centro Ciência Viva as does Guimarães, where the Ciência Centro Ciência Viva de Guimarães is housed in a former tannery.

Often housed in historic buildings, they are usually aimed at parties of school children but are a lot of fun for adults to visit, too.

Centro Ciência Viva also often focus on local industries, such as leather in the case of Guimarães and silk production and renewable energy as here in Bragança.

Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança
© Centro Ciência Viva de Bragança

Access - Getting There

Casa da Seda: Rua dos Batoques
n.º 25, 5300-091 Bragança

Tel: 273 382 207


Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays 11 am - 7 pm;
Closed on Monday (Last admission half an hour before closing).

The Center is closed to the public on 1 January and 24, 25 and 31 December.

Adult - € 2.50
Student, Youth Card - € 1.50
Family ticket (2 adults + children) - € 5.00
Children (up to 6 years) - € 1.00
Teacher - 2,00 €
Senior (> 65) - € 1.50
Disabled citizen - € 1.00

The Teatro Municipal de Bragança is another city-run cultural institution in the town.


Museums in Lisbon

Museu Marquês de Pombal


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