Côa Museum – Ciência Viva Center

Educational Services

The Côa Valley Archaeological Park and the Côa Museum are important pedagogical resources for school audiences of all education levels. Addressed contents pertain to different areas of knowledge, such as History, Geography, Art StudiesGeology, Biology or Communication and Image, among others.

Awarded with the Ibermuseus Prize for Education for the Educational Program O Côa na Escola, the Foundation’s Educational Services develop the various activities on offer, ensure the organization of visits, and the communication of knowledge to school audiences.

Activities on offer

Guided tour to the Penascosa rock art site

School Visit to the Côa Museum

Experimental Archaeology

Archaeology in Family

The Stem of Memory

Behind the scenes at the Museum

The Magic Valley


Discovering the Côa Valley

Let’s Discover Prehistory

Important Notes

Due to issues related to the organization of the visits, especially to the rock art sites, schools are asked to plan ahead taking into account that:

  • Visits to the Penascosa rock art site take place only in the afternoon and start from the Park′s Reception Center located in the village of Castelo Melhor. All other school activities unfold at the Côa Museum, located in Vila Nova de Foz Côa.

  • In order to guarantee that the visit takes place within the set time, it is important that school groups arrive at the appointed hour at Castelo Melhor Reception Center or at the Côa Museum. Thus, travel time from the point of origin to the Côa Valley should be realistically considered (ie, counting with stops, speed limits to be observed and possible traffic disturbances).

  • A typical visit to the Park/Museum usually involves a morning and a afternoon activity (a visit to the Museum and/or, depending on the number of students, an Educational Workshop or Presentation during the morning and visit to the Penascosa rock art site during the afternoon). If the school group has more than one day available to carry out the visit, it will be possible to offer more activities and with a larger number of students.

  • The offer of educational activities for school groups is always conditioned by the availability of human resources and previous bookings. Therefore, in order to ensure the intended date of visit, it is highly recommended to book as far in advance as possible

  • The Côa Museum, its architecture and surrounding area fit into the landscape that can be enjoyed during the visit. However, we ask guardians accompanying school visits to pay the utmost attention to the prohibition of staying or walking on the roof of the building, except in the viewpoint area, as well as to the proper disposal of waste.

  • The starting hours of visits change according to the time of year. In winter, visits to Penascosa end sooner; in spring and in summer later

  • Prices for schools

  • Activities on offer by the Educational Services must be previously booked

    For bookings please email visitas@arte-coa.pt

We will be happy to welcome school groups for a visit to the Côa Valley benefiting from reduced prices


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