It is a musealised site and a historical museum that intends to fill a gap in the Portuguese museological fabric, by projecting the appreciation of the memory of the fight against the dictatorship onto the construction of an enlightened and responsible citizenship, and by taking on the struggle against the exonerating and, often, complicit silencing of the dictatorial regime that governed the country between 1926 and 1974.Learn More About The Museum
Open daily from 10h00 to 18h00. It closes on Mondays and on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
The Permanent Exhibition of the Museum offers to visitors a general characterisation of the Portuguese dictatorial regime (1926-1974), its means of oppression over the population (through Censorship and the repressive action of the political police and the political courts), the response of the opposition, semi-legal and clandestine, and also aspects of the anti-colonial struggle that induced the military to overthrow the regime through a military coup in 1974. On floor -1, visitors can still see part of the building structures where the Museum is housed and an archaeological exhibit raised from its subsoil.
The concentration camp of Tarrafal, between the painful history of hundreds of prisoners of conscience who were tortured to death, and the present of a memory of resistance that has been at risk of oblivion.
Paula Elisa Queiroz Barreiros Marques is the daughter of a former political prisoner Antenor Barreiros Marques. Paula Marques agreed to share with us some of her memories of that time. We transcribe a short excerpt from one of the letters that her father wrote to her the day after Christmas, on December 26, 1952, when he was imprisoned in the Aljube, and Paula Elisa lived in Peso da Régua.