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This is a cute little museum in Horta with interesting exhibits on the history of communication and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike R
Lisbon, Portugal
Cute museum with info on communication and aviation

Not a huge museum, but has some interesting info on the transatlantic cable, communication and... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Sacramento, California
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“fig tree”(5 reviews)
“aviation”(2 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Palacio do Colegio | Largo Duque de Avila Bolama, Horta, Faial Island 9900-141, Portugal
+351 292 392 784
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 June 2014

An interesting hour spent there. The history - the development of the Island, Whaling, Transatlantic cables, transatlantic crossings etc is well laid out.

6  Thank clive c
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Limited in scope, Most interesting was the displays on trans-Atlantic flight. Discount entry for pensioners & teachers

1  Thank mjthorntree
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cute little museum in Horta with interesting exhibits on the history of communication and air transportation related to the island (it played a more important role in early transatlantic transportation than I realized!), religious paintings, and some fascinating "sculptures" made of fig...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Not a huge museum, but has some interesting info on the transatlantic cable, communication and displays on aviation. There's also some amazing sculptures of boats and planes made out of fig tree kernels. The ladies at the front were super nice and if you like...More

Thank superdeluxe23
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

The museum is part of the large Jesuitical complex and houses a large variety of items. Most striking are the sculptures made of fig tree kernel and Horta as the centre of aviation and telecommunication in the Atlantic. Free entry on Sundays.

Thank PeterD218
Reviewed 25 February 2018

The museum was open on a Sunday (very important as most shops and museums are closed on Faial on Sunday). It was also free on the Sunday!! There was a room of paper art - an artist cut intricate patterns into fine paper.The art was...More

2  Thank Gabriel Y
Reviewed 18 November 2017

amazing history beautiful art if you are lucky enough to talk to Joana, the person in charge of restoring the peaces you will get an amazing insight on how the restoring processe is done, very sweet and charming!

Thank Brum V
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We visited the museum quickly during the afternoon. The collection of antiques from the comunication cable period was quite interesting.

Thank tisanm2017
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

A well put place with lots of stories to tell. I loved the fact that it was so quiet and had lots of videos explaining the struggles and giving the visitor a taste of how life evolved on the island. I recommend it ☺ TH

Thank taha h
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Must admit am not a great fan of museums. There was a lot covering the communication side of the Islands and featuring the US wireless company Cable and Wireless with a lot of their old equipment. Also what the Americans claimed to have been the...More

Thank KenPBATH
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

At just €2 each when we visited this would have been worth it just to escape the rain, but we really enjoyed it! Not big by any means but a fair few different collections on show. Decorative papercutting and models created from the insides of...More

Thank Becky S
Reviewed 2 October 2016

It took me longer to find this place than it did to go round. The room with the fig tree carvings I found the most interesting. The rest I glossed over although I know one other lady in our group found the other bits very...More

Thank FionaG350
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