History of Collections and Museology
Cod: 32017
Department: DCSG
ECTS: 7.5
Scientific area: Heritage Studies
Total working hours: 195
Total contact time: 25

This course unit provides an overview of the general historical and cultural process leading to the creation of the first treasures, collections and private offices in the Modern Age, with special emphasis on the 15th and 16th centuries. It also includes a brief look at what happened from the 17th and 18th centuries to the present, during which the founding of Museums on the most varied themes and types was popularised. The Portuguese case study will be privileged during the sessions.


•Promoting a systematic and critical reflection on the issues of collecting and museology in Portugal and Europe in the Modern Age.
•Understanding how societies have accomplished the selection and the consequent appreciation of the movable heritage over time.

•Introduction to the History of Collecting and Museology
•The medieval Schatzkammer
•The concepts of Kunstkammer and Wunderkammer in the 16th and 17th centuries
•The royal and the private collections
•The genesis of the first public collections and museums.

AAVV, Museus e Museologia em Portugal, Lisboa, RdM, 2000.
BRIGOLA, João Carlos, Colecções, Gabinetes e Museus em Portugal no séc. XVIII, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, 2003.
GARRIGÓS, Rosa Campillo, La Gestión y el Gestor del Patrimonio Cultural, Murcia, Ed. KR, 1998.
SILVA, Nuno Vassalo e, As colecções de D. João IV no Paço da Ribeira, Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, 2003.
SILVA, Raquel Henriques (coord.), Revista de História da Arte – Museus e Colecções, nº 8, Instituto de História da Arte (FCSH/UNL), 2010.
TRINDADE, Maria Beatriz da Rocha (coord.), Iniciação à Museologia, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1993.



Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.