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It is unknown the exact date of Municipal Museum construction, however, some of its architectural features are dating from the second half of the XIX century.

The building was purchased by the City Council in 1976 and has hosted a variety of municipal services.

Recovered to host the Museum and Municipal Library, the original facade stood unalterable, showing bay windows with wrought iron railing, and an interesting stucco work in cornices and pilasters, with naturalistic patterns on romantic style. The old main halls that held wooden ceilings mats, still retain a curious neoclassical stucco coating in  grisaille , showing floral motifs.

The main entrance of the building, both for the Library and for the Museum, is via one staircase, and, in its interior, there are two floors of galleries round arches. The ground floor of the building, which once ran the house and barn cellars, have interesting vaults which are supported by thick masonry pilasters. Above this area there is a terrace that reaches the courtyard where today exist a small garden.

 

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O Museu Municipal situa-se na Rua Conselheiro Júlio Vilhena, tendo sido propriedade de Jorge Ribeiro de Sousa, o herdeiro dos condes de Avilez e Boa Vista e da Morgada Apariça. A data da sua edificação não é exata mas aponta-se para a segunda metade do século XIX.

Em 1976 a Câmara Municipal adquire o edifício, sendo que ali funcionaram imensos serviços camarários, assim como o Conselho Desportivo Municipal, os Escuteiros e o Serviço Histórico Museológico.
A sua fachada permanece inalterável e os tetos interiores ainda estão revestidos de estuques neoclássicos em grisaille, com motivos florais.
No edifício funcionam a biblioteca e o museu municipais, sendo que a entrada para ambos é comum. 

 

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