Portimão Museum


The history of Portimão is deeply linked to the natural resources of the surrounding area, essentially Mediterranean in character, as well as to both the river and the sea.
Since ancient times, fish from the local waters was processed and preserved with salt, and later, in the 20th century, a major fishing and canning industry developed along the banks of the river Arade.
In 1996, the need to conserve all this history prompted the Municipality of Portimão to purchase the old “São Francisco” fish canning factory located on the city’s waterfront.
It was here in this restored factory, dating from the late 19th century, where the Portimão Museum opened on 17th May 2008; it is a cultural centre and a space for discovering the origins and the development of the community, the surrounding area and the most important aspects of its industrial and maritime history.
Its main exhibition, “Portimão, Territory and Identity”, is a historical synthesis of the socio-economic and cultural journey of the people who have lived here and created their unique identity and area.


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Location Rua Dom Carlos I - Portimão



In the Portimão Museum you go on a time voyage through the history and culture of the council of Portimão, from the inland activities to the coastal activities, with a big influence of the sea industry and fishing.
The Museum has different areas, each one of them telling a part of this story, with a careful environment recreation, in order to create a trustworthy moment from the past.
Besides the permanent exhibit on the main room, there are two more with temporary exhibitions.


To get to the Portimão Museum there is one disabled users parking place available, next to the museum's nearest access.
This path is made of portuguese traditional cobblestone, allowing you to get to the museum without problems, other than the slight difficulty this sort of pavement may create.
Inside the museum there are no problems, with ramps and elevatory platforms to take you to all the different areas. There is one area which can not be visited in case you are not able to displace yourself autonomously, due to the fct that it is located in a lower floor, with the only access made by stairs.
To get to the temporary exhibits rooms, on the first floor the acces is made by an elevator, but with dimensions big enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
Inside the space is roomy and without any obstacles whatsoever.


Inside the building of Portimão Museum, there is a toilet for disabled users.
It's equipped with rails to help, and it's big enough to be used by people in wheelchair.


Near the access to the Portimão Museum there is a parking for disabled people with 2 places. To get to the entrance you have to cross a road, but there is a pedestrian crossing making it easy to cross.