The Museu da Lourinhã has been situated in the centre of the town since its foundation in 1984 by the G.E.A.L., a non-government, non-profit association.
Its contents, originating from donations by residents and field work, are divided into four sections: archaeology, religious art, ethnography and palaeontology, distributed over two floors.
This museum has the largest collection in Iberia of dinosaur fossils from the Upper Jurassic and one of the most important in the world, with the result that it has been described as “the best small museum in the world for the funding it receives.” (Neil Clark, Expresso magazine, 1997).
Among these 150-year-old fossils there are various remains of carnivorous dinosaurs such as the Lourinhanosaurus antunesi, of gigantic herbivores like the Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis and various carnivorous dinosaur fossil eggs containing the oldest dinosaur embryo eggs in the world, as well as the second largest known nest, more than a hundred years old.
The museum exhibits a series of dinosaurs that are the only known examples of these species. It is also possible to see a variety of fossils of invertebrates, fish, crocodiles, pterosaurs, turtles, mammals etc. of various geological ages.
This museum receives 16,000 visitors a year and several dozen scientists from all over the world.
The Museu da Lourinhã also has the Oeste Region’s largest ethnographic collection, with representations of ancient professions such as the saddler, cart maker, oil seller, grinder, cooper, etc. It is therefore a valuable legacy of regional and national culture.
Among the various pieces in the collection of religious art there is a nineteenth-century maquette of a magnificent basilica that was never built.
Museu da Lourinhã
Rua João Luís de Moura
2530 - 157 Lourinhã
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Closed Monday and Public Holidays
261 414003 - Exhibition and visits
261 413995 - Administration