Institute of Museums and Conservation

The mission of the DGPC is to ensure the management, safeguarding, valuation, conservation and restoration of the assets that integrate the country's immovable, movable and immaterial cultural heritage, as well as to develop and execute the national museological policy.

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National Museum of Ancient Art

Created in 1884, inhabiting for almost 130 years, the Alvor Palace is fulfilling more than a century of the current designation and the MNAA-National Museum of Ancient Art houses the most relevant Portuguese public collection, among painting, sculpture, goldsmithery and decorative arts, Europeans, from Africa and the East. Comprising over 40,000 items, the MNAA collection has the largest number of works classified by the State as "national treasures". It also encompasses, in various fields, reference works of world artistic heritage.
Heritage of History (with emphasis on the incorporation of ecclesiastical goods and royal palaces), the collection of the National Museum of Ancient Art was enlarged by generous donations and important purchases, illustrating, at the level of objective excellence, the best Was produced or accumulated in Portugal, in the domains mentioned above, between the Middle Ages and the dawn of Contemporary times.
An important partner in international museum activity, the MNAA has historically belonged to the dignity of a normal national museum: what defines the norm, good practices, in accordance once again with international standards, whether in terms of conservation and museography. Or within the scope of its education service, a pioneer in the country.

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Museum of Emigration and Communities

The Museum of Migrations and Communities was created on December 7th, 2001 by a resolution of the Municipal Council of Fafe, as a virtual platform, with the designation of the Museum of Emigration and Communities. Dr. Miguel Monteiro was the its main founder and promoter, a profound connoisseur of "Fafe dos Brasileiros" and also he counted on the scientific support of Dr. Maria Beatriz Rocha Trindade, our greatest expert on migration issues. With the development of its activities and the establishment of a vast network, there was a need to advance in the implementation of the physical realization of the Museum, foreseen from the beginning. The design of the museum project of the now called Museum of Migrations and Communities is authored by the museologist Dr. Fernando António Baptista Pereira was approved by CMF in 2008.

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