Museu de Lamego is located in a 17th-century Episcopal palace in the heart of the city, its decoration still reflecting the original tastes of the period. Works from the permanent collection, many of them national treasures, include Flemish tapestries and Portuguese and foreign paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Five panels from Lamego Cathedral, produced by Vasco Fernandes in the 16th century, have a room to themselves and are especially noteworthy.
Looking for something besides wine to admire in the Douro Valley? Stop in Lamego for an hour or two, and spend it wandering the ancient rooms of this lovely museum. A shop with regional products and a bar in the museum's central courtyard offer further diversions.
The museum's website is in Portuguese only, but an English-language brochure about the collection is available. The explanatory video accompanying the current exhibition was also in English.