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.
Jaime Cortesão – Citizen, Patriot, Member of the Resistance, shows the man of action, committed to a regenerative political praxis of the nation, with a secure support in the genuine culture and founder of portuguese roots.
During the 1966 arrest in Caxias Saúl Nunes, a member of the Popular Action Front (FAP), seeking to exercise his memory, did exercises such as writing the latin names of plants as he had learned at school or the winners of the Olympic Games of 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964. Or even write all the german words he knew. Interestingly the first two words are “Freiheit” (Freedom) and “Sterben” (Dying).