The Portimão Museum received the ‘Europe Council Museum of the Year’ prize, in Strasburg, France. It is the first time in twenty years a Portuguese museum has received such distinction. A Portimão committee travelled to the headquarters of the Council of Europe to receive the €5,000 prize and ‘The woman with beautiful breasts’ bronze statuette, by Joan Miró. Portimão museum was recently distinguished with honourable mentions in the ‘Best Portuguese Museum’ prize, from the Portuguese Museology Association, and the ‘New Public Project’, awarded by Portugal Tourism, as well as its recent Best European Council Museum prize, awarded by the European Museum Forum. The Museum’s permanent exhibition, the ‘Portimão – Territory and Identity’ is divided into three routes, ‘The Origin and Destiny of a Community’, ‘The Industrial Life and Challenging Sea’ and ‘From the Depths of the Waters’. It also has two temporary exhibition rooms and promotes workshops and learning programmes. The museum is located at the old Feu Hermanos sardine factory, making it’s architecture slightly unusual and enhancing the building’s historic value.
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