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Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto

210 Rua Dom João de Castro
Lordelo de Ouro
Portugal 4150-417
Tel: 351 226 156 500
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The most successful of the city's stabs at contemporary cultural relevance is the Museu Serralves, a cultural center at the heart of a glorious garden just outside downtown. Since its inauguration eight years ago, the Serralves has become Porto's greatest attraction and probably the most influential modern art museum in Portugal. It's a theme park of modern art, with a permanent collection covering creative output on an international scale from the 1960s to today, with site-specific work by Dan Graham, Richard Serra, and Claes Oldenburg (a giant trowel stuck into the ground) dotted around the grounds. In 2006, the garden was restored to its original, 1932 octagonal design by J. Gréber.

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays April through September; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays October through March. Closed Mondays.

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