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
Terça a Sexta das 11h às 17h; Sábados e Domingos das 10h às 18h. 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 photographs at the Aljube Museum Resistance and Freedom tell us the recent history of a country, the period between the revolution, in 1975, and the post-revolutionary period, between 1976 and 1980. The look by Armindo Cardoso it goes through critical moments of the ongoing revolutionary process, such as the 1st of May 1975 or the siege of the Constituent Assembly, but also the years of “reflux”, “counterrevolution” or “normalization”, depending on the narratives. The echoes of a revolution, the continuation of popular and workers’ struggles, or even of the revolution itself, in a different and unfavorable political, institutional, economic and military context.
We reproduced four postcards designed and articulated by Adelino Pereira da Silva, made in prison for his son Alfredo. The stamp with the phrase “Fort of Peniche - Censorship” can be seen in all. Adelino Pereira da Silva was arrested by PIDE in 1963. He was in Aljube, Caxias and Peniche. It was released in 1969. These are some of the memories he shared with us.