CIAJG is a contemporary art center in Guimarães. At the basis of its cultural project is the collection of artist José de Guimarães, composed of African art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese art, and a representative set of his work. Using various cultural ways of getting to know the world present in the collection, CIAJG holds a regular schedule of exhibitions, performing arts and public programs.

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Featured Exhibitions

The programming of the José De Guimarães International Arts Centre is based on the presentation of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

© Alexandre Delmar

Temporary Exhibition “Diário Atmosférico”, 2022

© Alexandre Delmar

Temporary Exhibition “Meio olho, cara longa”, 2022

© Alexandre Delmar

Temporary Exhibition “Complexo Colosso”, 2022

© Alexandre Delmar

Temporary Exhibition “Quarto Blindado”, 2021


The architectural project of CIAJG is by the Pitágoras Group, an international office dedicated to the practice of architecture and all associated services. In its creative approach, it seeks to reinvent the simple and the obvious, designing buildings that are more conscious and surprising, add value to the local context and respect the technical, economic and functional issues.
With more than ten thousand square meters of construction area, the CIAJG project involved the transformation of the former Municipal Market, located near Largo do Toural and the Historic Center. Benefiting from these conditions, CIAJG contributed to the physical and functional recovery and reintegration of a fundamental area in the space of the city of Guimarães.

© João Morgado

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  • Tuesdays to Fridays: 10am – 5pm*
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 6pm**

*(last admission at 4h30pm)
**(last admission at 5h30pm)

Ticket Tariff


  • General Ticket 4€
  • With Discounts 3€


How to Arrive

  • point

    Av. Conde Margaride, 175
    4810-525 Guimarães
    GPS: 41.4428912,-8.2982206

  • bus

    The Bus Terminal Station is next to the end of Avenida Conde de Margarida, along which you have to walk until you reach CIAJG. It is a 9-minute walk.

  • train

    CIAJG is a 12-minute walk from the Guimarães Central Station.




Booking at least one week in advance using:

Group requirements

In case of group visits, you must contact us in advance:

Black Box

CIAJG has a Black Box with 198 seats and a retractable bench that allows hosting shows of a varied nature, as well as conferences and congresses. It also has a Bookstore, a space for the sale of publications by CIAJG and A Oficina, as well as merchandise products.

© Serviços blackbox