The Cultural Units were created within the University of Minho with the purpose of structuring and creating an institutional framework for a series of bodies which, although not part of the university's schools and institutes, were playing a part of extreme importance within the university. The Cultural Units originated from the integration of the Public Library and the District Archive in the University of Minho. The two institutions were located in the Rectorate's building, thus becoming the first Cultural Units. The Nogueira da Silva Museum came into existence due to a valuable patrimony legacy. That was also the case of the Lusíadas Studies Centre, in which Portuguese culture is studied and researched. The Archaeology and Adult Education Units originate from the urban intervention, research and specialised training projects.
The House Museum of Monção is the result of a self-sustained legacy, and its mission is to stimulate Alto Minho's culture. The Cultural Council is the coordinating body for these units, which ensures cooperation between them all. The Cultural Council acts as an advisory board for the Rector on what concerns the university's cultural policy, and embodies the university's mission of extending its academic influence.
The University's Cultural Council is composed of the following members: