Museu Vicentes to reopen.

Museu VicentesIt has been announced that the popular Vicentes museum of photography will reopen to the public in the summer of 2018. Eduardo Jesus, the minister for economy, tourism and culture, visited the site in central Funchal a couple of days to inspect work estimated to cost €1 million. He announced that in addition to the exhibition of photographs that have made the museum a tourist attraction, other facilities, such as permanent and temporary exhibition areas and a cafeteria will be incorporated again in the restoration.
“The Patio” (pictured) was a popular café located in what was in effect the “backyard” of the museum. Technicians from the Regional Archive of Madeira are classifying and scanning around 3,000 of the 800,000 negatives in preparation for the opening (some reports put the number of negatives housed there at over one million). Museu Vicentes is the oldest photography studio in Portugal , founded in 1848, by Vicente Gomes da Silva. It closed in mid 2014.
RTP Madeira have some video footage of the work here.

5 thoughts on “Museu Vicentes to reopen.”

  1. That will be brilliant. Such a shame it is such a state of neglect. This will be a great help to the economy of the area which is starting to suffer empty properties

  2. We spent a good couple of hours in the museum about 24 years ago, on an unusually wet day in Funchal in May. Wonderful historic photographs. We were sorry to see it had closed along with the cafe and English Book shop. So pleased it will be re-opening. I trust it will be publicised so tourists will learn about it. There is a tendency to visit foreign parts and not learn anything of the history of the place visited. We shall check in March 2018 how the refurbishment is progressing..


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