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Casa da Musica

Avenida Boavista 604 610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
+351 22 012 0220
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Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe, and it is the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music - to the presentation and public enjoyment of music, to music education and to the creation of music. The project took shape in 1999 after the Rem Koolhaas & Ellen van Loon - Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the international architectural competition. Work began in 1999 on the site of Porto's former central tram garage on the Rotunda da Boavista, and Casa da Musica opened its doors to the public on April 15th , 2005. Casa da Musica was planned as a home for all types of music and it is not only part of the urban redevelopment of Porto but also part of a network of cultural facilities, for the city of Porto and for the wider world. Underlying it is an innovative and wide-ranging cultural project, which aims to make an exciting contribution to the national and international music scene, as an arena for all types of musical events - from classical music to jazz, from fado to electronic music, from great international productions to more experimental projects. Besides concerts, recitals and other types of performance, Casa da Musica also organises events for musicians and musicologists and invests in research into the origins of Portuguese music. In addition, it plays a very important role in music education. It is a cultural meeting point between music and other areas of artistic creation and knowledge, providing a space for all kinds of audiences and creators.
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Avenida Boavista 604 610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
+351 22 012 0220
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Reviewed yesterday

I don't like the building at all but I can see the appeal to others. The lift takes you to a restaurant that has access to a nice terrace.

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes this is a must when visiting Porto. Make sure you get a guide to explain it all to you. This modern architecture and the way it affects music in its concept is quite unique.

Thank Frieda S
Reviewed 1 week ago

An imposing building in a remote location and but nothing going on either inside or outside - great architecture but not worth going out of your way to see.

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got lucky and discovered that there were some returned tickets for a concert there. So glad we were able to experience such an excellent venue. Cafe only rates ok because it has limited types of food (mostly bread with anything) and is expensive for...More

Thank Ted S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting building by a Dutch architect. Throughout June and July there are free performances on offer. Great cafe on site.

Thank Padraig L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a spectacular building. The interior spaces are very varied according to their various functions and all are visually and conceptually exciting. What made this visit so good was the really excellent guided tour, which was in completely idiomatic English. The guide was very...More

Thank flyingcarpet2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Casa da Música- Concert Hall, built 2001 as a result of Porto's nomination as European Capital of Culture, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Porto's office of Metropolitan Architecture. Hosts some Orchestras among those the Porto National Orchestra. Very modern and as a result not beloved...More

Thank José F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

did not find this one too impressive.... OK it is a piece of modern brave architecture, but there is far better than this.

Thank fvs1308
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exterior we found rather unprepossessing in ints' uncompromising use of concrete. Inside, initially wasn't much better - all more grey concrete and metal. But we had lunch in the top floor restaurant and had an excellent long meal. The view of Porto from the...More

Thank Richard O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Casa da Música opened in 2005 and for admirers of architectural marvels it justifies a visit. This twelve-storey, irregular-shaped building was designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas exclusively for musical performances in the city of Porto. Ouside it has a striking white concrete structure in...More

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Hi, do I need to purchase ticket just to see around inside the building area?
27 September 2016|
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Response from TravellingSMH | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You need to purchase a ticket for the excellent guided tour. Without a ticket you can't get past the lobby.
Can you buy a ticket at the door on the day of your concert?
21 September 2016|
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Response from sally-allez-hop | Reviewed this property |
As with anywhere, it depends on availability. We booked online to make sure we weren't disappointed. It was easy to do and we picked up the tickets on arrival.
Is dinner included in the 35 euro price of the ticket for Fado a Mesa on September 25?
22 August 2015|
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Response from AndreAlvesCdM | Property representative |
Hello. Dinner is included. If you need more information please let us know. Regards André Alves Casa da Música
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