Until April 2005 the Municipal Library Florbela Espanca was located in the Palacete de Trevões (Trevões Manor). On May 2005 it moved to a new building, by the architect Alcino Soutinho, that has a reading room with papers and magazines, an adults room/local fund, infantole and juvenile, audiovisual; some books may be borrowed and there are photocopies, internet access, reading animation and library.
Created in 2007, Casa da Arquitectura is a non-profit cultural entity that has been affirming itself in the field of content creation and programming for the national and international dissemination and affirmation of architecture in society. Its action involves not just architects but also individuals and entities from various cultural and social spheres who encourage and sponsor this mission, in the public interest of architecture.
Built by João Santiago de Carvalho e Sousa at the end of the 19th century, according to a plan by the Italian architect Nicola Bigaglia. In 1968, the Town Hall of Matosinhos acquired the building and the surrounding garden and adapted the space into what became the Museu da Quinta de Santiago/Centro de Arte de Matosinhos (Quinta de Santiago Museum/Matosinhos Art Centre) that was inaugurated in 1996. The building has two exhibitions floors and the garden welcomes several events and open air sculpture exhibitions.
After Abel Salazar passed away, in 1946, the Abel Salazar Foundation was created and it promoted the opening to the public of this House-Museum, with the exhibition of art works by the master. This is the place to enjoy small sculptures, drawings, paintings and personal use objects.
The new CAM Rueda Matosinhos features three exhibition centers: an exhibition exclusively devoted to work produced by Gerardo Rueda; a magnificent showcase of the artist's collection, gathered over several decades, including representative names of modern art, Tápiés, Miró, Fernando Zóbel, Pablo Serrano, Millares, Antonio Saura, José de Guimarães, Alberto Carneiro, Nikias Skapinakis, Gerardo Burmester, Albuquerque Mendes and Noronha da Costa.
This museum, located at the Laboratório do Instituto Geológico e Mineiro (Laboratory of the Geology and Mining Institute), features one of the best and most complete national collections of the main Portuguese mines. A special note to the kaolin exploration of Senhora da Hora. It also shows archaeological findings that ilustrate the mining activities throughout the epochs in Portugal.