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Museu de Cidade Olhão (Municipal Museum)

Back from the waterfront, the fish and vegetable market, and the Caique Bom Sucesso in Olhão is the small but interesting Museu de Cidade. The museum is housed in the Edifício do Compromisso Marítimo de Olhão built in 1768 to support the local fishing community.

Museu de Cidade Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.
The entrance to the museum

The museum is situated across the cobbled square from the 17th century Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Church of Our Lady of the Rosary).

Museu de Cidade Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.
An exhibit at the museum


On display in the two story building are various exhibits relating to the history and culture of Olhão as a fishing port in the Algarve since Roman times.

These include model boats, beautiful embroidery, clothes worn by the local fisherfolk, Roman archaeological remains, black and white photographs of Olhão's distinctive Moorish-style architecture, and exhibits on the salt industry, which has remained of great importance in the town's economy over the centuries from the Romans on.

Museu de Cidade Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.
Local Roman remains on display

As well as the small permanent collection of exhibits, the Museu de Cidade also stages temporary exhibitions.

Access - Getting There

Museu de Cidade
Praça da Restauração
Marítimo de Olhão 8700
Tel: 0289 700 103
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-12.30 pm; 2 pm-6 pm; Saturday 10 am-5.30 pm

Museu de Cidade Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.
Model ship

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