Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente's

Museum in Funchal (Madeira)

Madeira Photography Museum – Atelier Vicente
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The Madeira Photography Museum – Atelier Vicente’s, situated in the heart of Funchal, stands as the oldest photography studio in the country, boasting an extensive collection dating back to the 19th century. Originally acquired in 1865 by Vicente Gomes da Silva (1827-1906), the Atelier Vicente’s, honoured with several distinctions throughout its history, concluded its operations in the 1970s. In 1979, the Regional Government of Madeira acquired the entire collection, renovating and inaugurating it as a museum in 1982.

Beyond the restoration of this historic studio, the Madeira Photography Museum provides visitors with a chance to intimately explore a variety of settings, cameras, specialized furniture, original photograph frames, books on photographic techniques, and a significant photographic archive containing approximately three to four million copies dating back to the 1850s.

Moreover, the museum features a cinema section and a space for temporary exhibitions, offering a comprehensive experience for curious visitors and photography enthusiasts alike.

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Visiting Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente's


Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 – 13h00 | 14h00 – 17h00

Closed: Sunday, Monday and Public holidays



Address: Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente’s, Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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