Educational Programme

The programme designed by the MIECST Educational Services focuses both on the architectural significance of the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture and of the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum, and on their rich estates, in order to create close bonds with the local community. The programme offers challenging ways of cultural engagement, while sharing knowledge and affections, for a more inquisitive population.

Open, flexible activities encourage critical thinking and creativity, as well as stimulate empowering, dialogic and potentially transformative learning, by involving different types of audiences and allowing for individual or group visits, due to partnerships with schools, universities, associations and other institutions.


a) Museum guided tours: art-archaeology-architecture

Staff-led tours featuring highlights of the permanent collections in both museums. These engaging tours provide deeper understanding of themes related to the exhibitions staged at the museums, exploring the intersections of different fields, from contemporary art to archaeology and architecture, thus enabling visitors to develop critical thinking and share their perceptions through educational fun activities and role-play.

b) Guided tours: sculpture park

A two-hour-long tour highlighting the most significant pieces in the open-air museum of contemporary sculpture, sitting throughout different spaces in the city of Santo Tirso.


Hands-on workshops for a wide variety of audiences, in which people of all ages have the opportunity of experimenting with different plastic arts through a number of guided activities. Based on the collections found in both museums, as well as on the temporary exhibits, these initiatives are intended to open the mind, call up traditional lore, encourage experimentation, develop autonomy and stimulate creativity.

a) Sculpture/assemblage Workshop:

An “experiment lab” dealing with matters such as three-dimensionality, volume and space. Activities may involve subtractive and additive sculpting methods, as well as modular construction.

b) Drawing Workshop: 

Designed for young children, this workshop gives them the opportunity to handle drawing tools and materials, and to understand different types of representation by drawing.

c) Architecture Workshop: 

Using the building designed by architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo de Souto de Moura as a starting point, this workshop encourages participants to explore space, their sense of direction and architectural drawing.

d) Dramatic Expression Workshop: 

This workshop explores the participants’ body language and expression, along with the potential relationships between them and the artworks on display.

e) Workshop for children with special educational needs:

Led by special education instructors, this workshop offers activities in which a variety of artistic expressions are approached in close relationship to the body’s sensorial dimensions.

* Booking in advance required for all programmes.