Centro Documentação


The Documentation Center of the Olaria Museum aims to safeguard and manage the documentary collection of the Olaria Museum, with the purpose of promoting its dissemination to the general public, the school and university community, and researchers. The main thematic areas of the Documentation Center are ceramics and ethnography. The Olaria Documentation Center is managed by the Collections Management Service of the Museum.

Documentary Collection

The Documentation Center offers the following resources: Reference Works | Monographs | Serial Publications (general and specialized in ceramics) | Audiovisual Documents | Graphic Documents | Analytical Documents | Press Clippings.

The aforementioned documents mainly cover two thematic areas: ceramics, in its broadest sense, and ethnography. However, the collection reflects other areas as well: painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, crafts, history, museology, and heritage education.

Location, Hours, and Consultations

It is located at the Olaria Museum and is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.  Closed during August.


Consultations should be scheduled in advance by contacting the responsible technician via email: mariarainha@cm-barcelos.pt, or the general museum email: museudeolaria@cm-barcelos.pt | Phone: 253 824741.

The Documentation Center does not provide home loans; it only allows on-site consultation, always under the guidance and support of the responsible technician.

The Documentation Center’s database is available online on the Olaria Museum’s website.

Reprography Service

The Documentation Center offers a reprography service. Users are allowed to photocopy excerpts of works of interest in black and white, but reproduction of entire works is not permitted due to current Copyright and Author Rights regulations. Reproduction of documents in poor condition or with special dimensions and characteristics is also not allowed.

Requests for photocopies should be made to the responsible technician and can usually be done on the same day, depending on the number of copies requested by the user. The cost of each A4 photocopy is €0.10, and A3 is €0.20.