PORTIMÃO’S NEW municipal museum opened on Saturday in the presence of the Minister of Culture, José Pinto Ribeiro and Portimão Câmara President, Manuel da Luz.
A sculpture by artist Paula Hespanha to celebrate the women who worked at the Feu Hermanos tinning factory was unveiled to mark the start of the museum’s inauguration, accompanied by the sound of Portimão’s Philharmonic band.
This was followed by the opening of two brand new exhibitions, one permanent entitled Portimão, Territory and Identity and a temporary exhibition by artists Margarida Tengarrinha, entitled Metamorfoses.
During the opening, Portimão Câmara President said: “With this historical and cultural space, the county will have a unique place for the preservation of the city’s precious heritage, a place for young people to discover and a space of leisure.”
“Portimão deserved this new museum, and now, with the effort of many people, we all have one more reason to be proud.”
The Minister of Culture, José Pinto Ribeiro said: “The state will support a candidacy for a European award because this is a space of great quality, and one of the best in Europe.”
Later in the evening, the museum was open for visitors to take part in a guided tour with only the light from their torches to guide them.
This new cultural space represents a total investment of 9.5 million euros and is located inside the refurbished Feu Hermanos fish tinning factory along the Arade River. This location allows the building itself to be part of the city’s heritage, preserving features of Portimão’s industrial past.
Included in the 5,000sqm area are spaces for various different temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as an auditorium, a restoration and conservation room for artefacts, a laboratory, a dark room and a document centre and historical archive. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm everyday except Mondays and bank holidays.
For more information about the museum, which is located on Avenida 25 de Abril in Portimão, please telephone 282 412 238 or email museu@cm-portimão.pt.