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Address: Rua D. Carlos I | Zona Ribeirinha, Portimao 8500607, Portugal
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+351 282 405 230
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Tue 14:30 - 18:00
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Marvellous Museum

What a gem of a find on a cold rainy day. A contemporary museum that maintains much of the original fittings of the fish canning factory. Tells the story of canning through a mix... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a gem of a find on a cold rainy day. A contemporary museum that maintains much of the original fittings of the fish canning factory. Tells the story of canning through a mix of means from a delightful film to models using original fixtures and fittings. Also shows history of timber work and associated political history. Then downstairs has... More 

Thank Sara M
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited last week when we were dealt a spot of wet weather! A very interesting museum showing the sardine industry from years ago. The archive film was very fascinating & well worth watching. The exhibits were well laid out and although not many had English explanations don't forget you are in Portugal! There was also an exhibition of the... More 

Thank Kevw1965
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there because we were interested in the Sardine industry that was very prevalent in the early 1900's in Portimao. There were other displays as well and although the Sardine dispaly was good it needed alot more English translations, the film that was on display did have sub titles. So we did not see anything else in the museum

Thank Ray T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great and interesting museum on the front. Exellant history of the sardine canning industry which was a social comment of its time . You can get a double ticket to include the Neolithic tombs some 10k away. Could with a little more in other languages not much in English and this seemed to be reflected in the visitors book cheap... More 

Thank helstravels
Portimao, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ran into here one rainy day whilst we had family visiting us. We had never been before and were pleasantly surprised to find this little gem. It was a wonderful informative museum showing Portimao in days of old and the sardine fishing etc. Great little place to visit.

Thank JoanTutty
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well organized, visual displays. The modern museum is part of on old fish canning factory. The amount of information was easily digestible. We were at a disadvantage as not all information has English translation, however, the very interesting old documentary film is in English. Good displays of the construction of Alcalara's stone monuments. Time well spent.

Thank Nancy C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is well worth adding to your list of things to see in Portimao. It emphasizes on the fishing industry and in particular its sardine canning industry portraying life as it was decades ago.

Thank Maitheng
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We visited on a Saturday, and found the entrance was free on Saturdays, so that was the first bonus. An old film describes the history of the sardine canning factory, which is where the museum is based. Other interesting items to see. When we were there there was an exhibition about the fire service, and exhibits from a photography competition.... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Well presented museum, the black & white film with English sub-titles was a good scene setter for exploring the exhibits. The place is built in an old canning factory and, with life sized models emphasises the way things were done, without the noise and smells that must have been associated with the process. There was a lack of English or... More 

Thank TrB876
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The sardine canning museum provided a welcome respite from the heat of the day for a short visit. By far the best part was the black and white video documentary, with a score that was reminiscent of an old horror movie! It ran for 10-15 minutes and puts into context the other exhibits. Along with sculptures attending to life-sized canning... More 

Thank Andy T

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