The Portimão Museum is a cultural institution located in Portimão, Portugal. It was recently awarded the prestigious 'Europe Council Museum of the Year' prize, becoming the first Portuguese museum to receive such recognition in twenty years. The award was presented to a Portimão committee at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The committee received a €5,000 prize and a bronze statuette, 'The woman with beautiful breasts,' by Joan Miró.
In addition to the Europe Council Museum of the Year prize, the Portimão Museum has also received honorable mentions in the 'Best Portuguese Museum' prize, awarded by the Portuguese Museology Association, and the 'New Public Project' award, given by Portugal Tourism. These awards recognize the museum's high-quality exhibits and innovative programming.
The museum's permanent exhibition, 'Portimão - Territory and Identity,' is divided into three routes that showcase the region's history and cultural identity. The routes include 'The Origin and Destiny of a Community,' 'The Industrial Life and Challenging Sea,' and 'From the Depths of the Waters.' The museum also features two temporary exhibition rooms that host various exhibits throughout the year.
In addition to its exhibitions, the Portimão Museum offers various workshops and learning programs for visitors of all ages. These programs aim to engage visitors with the museum's collections and encourage them to learn about the region's history and culture.
The Portimão Museum is located in the old Feu Hermanos sardine factory, a historic building that has been transformed into a modern cultural institution. Its location close to the popular Praia da Rocha adds to its unique character and historic value. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a fascinating cultural experience and learn about the rich history and identity of the Portimão region.
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