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Address: Rua D. Carlos I | Zona Ribeirinha, Portimao 8500607, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 282 405 230
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14:30 - 18:00
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Tue 14:30 - 18:00
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A welcome respite from the heat of the day with cultural undertones

The sardine canning museum provided a welcome respite from the heat of the day for a short visit. By far the best part was the black and white video documentary, with a score that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sardine canning museum provided a welcome respite from the heat of the day for a short visit. By far the best part was the black and white video documentary, with a score that was reminiscent of an old horror movie! It ran for 10-15 minutes and puts into context the other exhibits. Along with sculptures attending to life-sized canning... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum in old sardine factory. Worth a visit to escape the rain or stifling sun. Given its location, slightly surprised that not more of the info panels are translated into English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We decided to visit Portimao on a rainy day during our stay in Vilamoura. Strolling along the waterfront we came across the museum and decided to go in. So glad we did, the museum documents Portimao's relationship with the sea, focusing with a superb exhibit on the sardine industry - as the museum is housed in one of the old... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very enjoyable little museum. The highlight was an older film about the sardine canning industry which gave me great understanding and appreciation of the significance of this industry to this area. We also enjoyed the real life setup of the factory - easy to imagine it as it was.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

What a cracking day, I myself am a sardine enthusiast and this was right up my street. Would recommend to all

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Very well laid out and presented historical overview of the sardine canning industry of Portimao with excellent overhead conveyor system layout which may be unique to this exhibit, nice to see the engineering side so well preserved, go on Saturday between 10 and 14.00 when it has free admission.

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Tynaarlo, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Given the high ratings, my family and me had high expectations. However, given that most of the exhibits lacked an English explanation, and the explanations given were very simple, we found it a very disappointing experience. The walk next to the harbor is nice.

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Roermond, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is a must see. The Museum is a old sardine factory and shows how the sardines got into the tin boxes in the good (hard) old times.

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Roermond, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Walk along the water with artsculptures, sardines restaurants, icecream places, Marina's, boattours and a Museum worth visiting.

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Faro, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

It is a very good museum. The main exhibit is the museum itself, being a old tuna fishing plant. The dummies really give you a sense of what was in that time. And if you like some adventure you can have a virtual dive on shipwrecks at the museum. My favorite exhibition is the one regarding the underwater finds of... More 

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