Recently renovated, Portugal's oldest public art museum (it was founded in 1833) retains a pleasingly old-fashioned feel. Housed in a grand 18th-century palace, it was once the residence of the royal family when they sojourned in the north. Its eclectic collection contains artifacts ranging from Visigoth jewelry to Japanese screen paintings depicting the disembarkation of Portuguese merchants in the 1600s. The museum is best known for housing the north's widest collection of Portuguese painting and sculpture. The naturalist portrayals of Portuguese life by painters Henrique Pousão (1859–87) and António Silva Porto (1850–93) are particularly striking. Pride of place, however, goes to sculptor António Soares dos Reis (1847–89) for whom this museum is named. His statue in pure white Carrera marble, O Desterrado (The Exile) is a melancholic masterpiece. There's a charming formal garden at the back overlooked by a cafeteria serving tasty light meals.