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Portuguese Center of Photography

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Website: Visit website
Address: Edifício da Ex-Cadeia e
Tribunal da Relação do Porto
Telephone: +351 220 046 300

Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1800 hrs, Sat/Sun and holidays 1500-1900hrs
Entry cost: Free

Hours - July and August
Monday to Friday 1000-1800 hrs
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

The Portuguese Photography Center closes on January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

Free entry


The Portuguese Centre of Photography was founded in 1997 and is housed in a former prison. The first exhibitions were held in December of the same year on the ground floor of building until 2000. The building was temporarily closed for renovation and re-opened in 2001.

Following the advice of the working group established by the Minister Manuel Maria Carrilho, in 1996, the then Ministry of Culture created the Portuguese Center of Photography. The photographic culture began then to revive by the appearance of photography schools, festivals and galleries attracting photographers that were exiled during Salazar regime, publishing internationally relevant work.

The exhibition rooms of the ground floor were used that year, starting in December, but the building would only be occupied entirely by the CPF in 2001, after restored adapted to his new role, the team of architects Eduardo Souto Moura and Humberto Vieira.

Entry is free and there is a collection of old cameras on the top floor, plus several exhibitions elsewhere in the museum.


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Interesting and free
(Updated: May 10, 2017)

Had a good look round the museum. There are several photography exhibitions on the lower floor, and a comprehensive exhibition of old cameras on the top floor.

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