Cartaxo is a small town roughly 50 km above Lisbon in the Ribatejo province of Santarém. Cartaxo is a rural society mostly know for agriculture, bulls and wine.
The Cartaxo rural museum documents its past in a nice participative way that makes for a lovely day out. Set in a park on the edge of Cartaxo, it consists of various buildings that contain elements of it’s rural roots.
The museum opened it’s doors in 1985 and it’s main occupation is to promote and document the traditions of vine growing and wine production in the Ribatejan tradition. It is unique in this aspect in the county.
The museum has different thematic areas, beginning with the permanent exhibition ” Discovering the Rural Culture ” , which presents the geographical, ethnographic and historical elements of the county . This section can be appreciated also objects associated with the manufacture of bread and olive oil.
Ribatejo has a long history in the Portuguese bull fighting tradition which is also documented in this area.
The old restored wine cellar shows the various stages of wine production. This is represented with a journey that begins in the vineyards and ends in the cellar.
Outside museum are elements that document the agricultural mechanization including one of the first tractors in the county.
The traditional tavern is one of the nicest elements of the museum as it functions as a tavern offering local produce and wine tasting in a the traditional tavern atmosphere.
The entry fee is symbolic at 1 euro 50 and the wine tasting at 30 cents per wine type. All the wines used in the tasting are regional, local wines.
Tuesday to Friday:
10h30 – 12h30 and 15h00 -17h30
Saturday, Sunday and holidays
9h30 – 12h30 and 15h00 – 17h30