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Opening Hours
- monday to friday - 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
It opens on the first saturday of every month, between November and June.
It will be open on November 7th, December 5th, January 9th, February 6th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th

Contact the Library
Professional technician: Maria do Carmo Vale
Tel: 00-351-213620000

Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Edifício dos Jerónimos
Praça do Império
P-1400-206 Lisbon (Portugal)

Bus 714, 727, 28, 729, 751;
Tram 15;
Train Lisbon – Cascais: Belém station;
River transports (Belém docks).

Public Access Terms
This is a library specialised in archaeology, open to the public in general, but whose main mission, given its specialised nature, is to support researchers and university students.
Access to archive stocks and reserved collections is restricted to researchers, by written request, addressed to the Museum Director.

Available Services

. Online monograph catalogue;
. Periodical publications’ manual catalogue;
. Reading room;
. Photocopying facilities.

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"O Arqueólogo Português"

Created in 1893, “O Arqueólogo Português” is the periodical journal of the National Archaeological Museum (MNA). In its initial intention, it was a publication destined to “establish literary relationships between the diverse individuals who, either by scientific interest, or by mere curiosity, occupy themselves with our ancient objects”. In time, it became a scientific magazine, of great national and international prestige, being even, today, the object of great demand and value to collectors. Four series have been published so far, corresponding to about fifty volumes. In 1999, the edition of the “Supplements of the O Arqueólogo Português” started, with a volume about the Epistolary of Doutor Leite de Vasconcelos. Through the search of words, the interested people can have access in this site to the complete indexes of the magazine, under the form of the titles of the articles published and of the respective authors.

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O Arqueólogo Português IV vol. 23 Journal's cover (2005/2006)
volume 23
4th series
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The Museum Library

The library of the National archaeological Museum (MNA), one of the most important Portuguese libraries specialized in archaeology, is constituted by an acquis of about 20.000 monographs, 1750 titles of periodical publications, of which about 788 titles already dead, maps, 1280 manuscripts, 3 incunabula, an indeterminate number of ancient books, gravures and legacies of José Leite de Vasconcelos (legacies of José Leite de Vasconcelos), Estácio da Veiga, Luís Chaves and Nuno Carvalho dos Santos. Most of the collection of periodical publications comes from exchanges, which we maintain with about 300 international institutions, obtained through the publication of «O Arqueólogo Português». Doutor Leite de Vasconcelos left in his will to the MNA, part of his scientific and literary estate, which constitutes the most prestigious legacy existing in the acquis of the library. This bibliographical fund is constituted by the personal library of J.L.V., correspondence, notes and documentation he used in the elaboration of his numerous scientific works. In 1998, the inventory of the correspondence of Leite de Vasconcelos was published. The consultation of this documentation is reserved to researchers, following a written request directed to the Director. Besides supporting the Museum technicians, the library is also open to the public in general (from Tuesday to Friday – 10 a.m. – 12 a-m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.), but as a specialized service its collections are more directly useful to university students.

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Leite de Vasconcelos' documental legacy 

Deceased in 1941, at 82 years of age, Leite de Vasconcelos left his Museum a valuable legacy, including a library of about eight thousand titles and a documental estate of unusual dimension, essentially composed of:
- Correspondence directed to himself, within the period comprised between 1880 and 1941 – over twenty-four thousand species of almost three thousand seven hundred authors, among them most of the imminent personalities of Portuguese culture at the time, as well as innumerable foreign figures, renowned in several fields of knowledge.
- Large quantities of manuscripts of Leite de Vasconcelos himself and of many of his collaborators.
- Nuclei of correspondence to other people, acquired by Leite de Vasconcelos both due to the nature of its contents – epistolary species directed to important personalities in the field of the sciences he cultivated – and to the identity of its authors. In this last field we can cite correspondence with the signature of Camilo Castelo Branco, Almeida Garrett, Alexandre Herculano and other exponents of our literature; or even, concerning historical characters, letters signed, for example, by queen Dona Maria II or king Dom Fernando II.
- Manuscripts of other people that, as happened with the correspondence, were acquired by Leite de Vasconcelos due to the nature of its contents, as they were written by important personalities in the field of science.
- Ancient manuscripts, of historical and literary significance, which Leite de Vasconcelos acquired in second-hand booksellers throughout his life. These manuscripts belong to different periods, and among them some parchments can be found.
- A good collection of gravures, most of ethnographical theme, and of photographs and drawings as well.
- Illustrated postcards, some of them not written, which Leite de Vasconcelos collected due to their theme; other postcards directed to him, and as such integrated in the correspondence nucleus.

It is thus an estate whose profound study can constitute a precious contribution to the knowledge of Portuguese intellectual life between the last decades of the 19th century and the first forty years of the 20th century, also making possible partial approaches to the theories and practices in force in the several knowledge domains which are broached in it.

Through the correspondence it is equally possible to know better the complex personality of Leite de Vasconcelos, as well as the ones of some of the intellectuals who corresponded with him, sometimes throughout several decades. We should also point out the importance to the Museum itself of the innumerable explicit references to objects and to collections incorporated during that long period, accompanied in many cases by detailed descriptions, by photographs and by drawings.

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Editons of the National Archaeological Museum

Editions of the National Archaeological Museum (MNA) The editorial activity of the National Archaeological Museum is very vast and diversified. Besides the regular publication of the annual scientific magazine “O Arqueólogo Português”, it includes the publication of catalogues, guides and guidebooks of the exhibitions, and also of volumes related to the inventory of nuclei and collections. It also publishes leaflets and single monographs, about varied themes, as well as didactic books. The extent of the offer of the MNA in the domain of printed material is completed by an ample collection of illustrated postcards and by several other utilitarian products, for sale in the shop.

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