Unique in the world!

For 25 years from 1961 to 1986, there was a quartz mine on Monte de Santa Luzia, exploited by the “Companhia Portuguesa de Fornos Elétricos” from Canas de Senhorim. As a result we have been left with a large crater or, if you prefer, a window allowing us to peer into the earth’s core. This site has recently been used to build the Quartz Museum. The displays are found on two floors and consist of a fascinating journey through the history of planet Earth and a beautiful collection of quartz, aided by hi-tech multimedia displays. With quartz as the main attraction, you can do experiments, look at rocks through microscopes and have fun learning science.

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays: 14H00 – 18H00

Wednesday to Sunday: 10H00 – 13H00 | 14H00 – 18H00

Closed on Mondays, Tuesday mornings, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday and 1st May.

Source: Visit Viseu


Monte de Santa Luzia

3515, Viseu

Contacts +351 232 450 163 museudoquartzo@cmviseu.pt
GPS coordinates 40.69672, -7.921244
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