The splendid Foz Palace, also known as Castelo Melhor Palace, was designed in the 18th century, but its construction was completed in the mid-19th century. The façade and general structure can be considered characteristics of the 18th century architecture, freed from Baroque influence. The interior of the Palace has a “revivalist” decoration.
The entrance to the National Sports Museum is through one of the doors on the front façade for the Restauradores. Going up the imposing marble staircase, you pass the entrance to the surprising interior garden, which gives access to the entrance of the Museum. Crossing the garden, you come across the fountain, behind the statue of the Ninfa, which was designed by architect Luís Benavente, who also planned the new building in the 1940s, as well as the imposing double stone staircase, which gives access to the Museum.
The entrance to the Museum reception is made through the atrium of the 1940s building. From here, the visit starts to the right (north), left (south) wing or to the second floor of the exhibitions spaces.