Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Centro Portugues de Fotografia
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
The Portuguese Centre for Photography (CPF) is a free public service based in Porto, in the building of the former Relação Prison. It was created in 1997 by the then Ministry of Culture and it is currently under the supervision of the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries. Its competences are aimed at promoting and valuing our photographic heritage, namely through the archival processing of specimens and the management of the National Photography Collection. The CPF also offers an annual programme of temporary exhibitions, a permanent Museum Centre that comprises a rare and valuable collection of photographic cameras, a specialized library - which provides specimen research and reproduction services -, a shop, and free guided tours to the building and the exhibitions upon prior reservation
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  • J D
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting building and cameras; gratis admission
    Photography museum in a former (and OLD) prison. The antique, large format, wooden cameras were very interesting. Some of the exhibits were a bit far out for me, but I really enjoyed the photographs of life in India in the 21st century. Best of all was the building itself. A magnificent structure, still with the barred windows, shutters, iron doors. Great hardware. An inner courtyard now has a glass roof, but the stone floor drains indicate it was open to the sky and provided air (and cold, and damp) to the inmates. Admission was free. Well worth the time spent.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Michael F
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania846 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a must-do, but if you have time check it out!
    Not a must-do, this free museum is still worth trying to squeeze in to your visit should you find time in your schedule. It is filled with several floors walking down the history of photography from the dawn of the camera to the digital age. You can pace yourself to whatever run time you have available. I spent about 45 minutes to an hour and was happily entertained. There are also a few good window views from this old converted prison. If you have extra time, consider their rotating special exhibition. However, entry to that side of the museum will come with a small charge.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom3,586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting building definitely worth a visit
    This former prison build in neoclassical style in 1767 is now run by the Portuguese centre for photography. It is free to enter and as well as viewing the interior of the building which is interesting in itself, the photography exhibition has varied and eclectic displays. It features exhibitions of numerous Portuguese artists plus a wide ranging collection of historic cameras. If you have time, it is definitely worth a visit for an hour or so.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • paulac32
    Manchester, United Kingdom328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get locked in!
    Very interesting museum and additional exhibition in the centre of Porto. If you are interested in some of Porto's history and/or photography you will enjoy this. There are 3 floors of photography, cameras and other paraphernalia. And it's free for a change! Lovely jardim opposite for you to escape the sun. Underrated.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2024
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June A
Surrey, UK2,734 contributions
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Nov 2019
As a photographer myself I always make a point of visiting photographic exhibitions when I come across them on my travels. This one was not bad, although large swathes of it seemed to be closed, with very little information in English. The building itself is almost as attractive as the exhibits, and from what I understand used to be a jail.
Written October 31, 2020
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J D
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Photography museum in a former (and OLD) prison. The antique, large format, wooden cameras were very interesting. Some of the exhibits were a bit far out for me, but I really enjoyed the photographs of life in India in the 21st century. Best of all was the building itself. A magnificent structure, still with the barred windows, shutters, iron doors. Great hardware. An inner courtyard now has a glass roof, but the stone floor drains indicate it was open to the sky and provided air (and cold, and damp) to the inmates. Admission was free. Well worth the time spent.
Written July 2, 2023
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This former prison build in neoclassical style in 1767 is now run by the Portuguese centre for photography. It is free to enter and as well as viewing the interior of the building which is interesting in itself, the photography exhibition has varied and eclectic displays. It features exhibitions of numerous Portuguese artists plus a wide ranging collection of historic cameras. If you have time, it is definitely worth a visit for an hour or so.
Written January 7, 2024
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Salma
Cascais, Portugal38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Honestly, it was a bit underwhelming. We knew the centre was inside of a prison so we expected it to be more..."prisoney" but the truth is that there are very few traces of that. Still, I learnt quite a bit about prisoners such as Camilo Castelo Branco.

Also, I'm a photography fanatic. I loved the exhibitions of cameras and the descriptions near them were very simple and clear. However, I was disappointed with the photos. They were good, but not exciting or inspiring. The selection was not the best in my opinion

So generally speaking, it wasnt a terrible experience but I dont think I'd go back so soon
Written August 16, 2020
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paulac32
Manchester, UK328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very interesting museum and additional exhibition in the centre of Porto. If you are interested in some of Porto's history and/or photography you will enjoy this. There are 3 floors of photography, cameras and other paraphernalia. And it's free for a change! Lovely jardim opposite for you to escape the sun. Underrated.
Written April 12, 2024
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Valéria
Porto, Portugal932 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
I would recommend visiting the center/museum.
It used to be a jail and now it’s more like a photography museum! And it’s for free! Just in the city center!
Written October 22, 2020
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NadieK1187
London, UK348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This is a completely free museum and I can't recommend it enough. It currently has a collection of private photographs of Frida Kahlo's. This is a paid exhibition but in my opinion totally worth it. There are annotated notes of Frida's on some of the pictures, as well as some that she has altered.
Written August 25, 2018
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Filipe
Portugal176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
I never see many tourists or locals in this place and that's a pity. This is a great place especially if you are a photography aficionado. There is an amazing collection of photos and items related to photography, old cameras, interesting devices, etc. The building itself is a must see. It is an old prison where one of the most notorious Portuguese writers was imprisoned and wrote one of the portuguese literature masterpieces: "Amor de Perdição" by Camilo Castelo Branco.

Finally, there is no fee to enter! It's free! Don't miss it!
Written December 10, 2013
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BRSflyer
Cheltenham, UK420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Fantastic space in a converted old jail is a unique venue for the superbly presented exhibits on the lower floors. The upper floors feature a plethora of cameras through the ages, along with fine views over the city.
Written October 27, 2020
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AngelaG_11
London51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
..... like many other posters here, I was frustrated that a lot of information was only available in Portuguese and I could only guess at 1 word in 10. I speak reasonable French and a little Spanish but neither help enough with Portuguese!

There were only about 10 other visitors in the building when I was there and I loved the way the building's original purpose remains so obvious. I found standing in the women's cell an oddly moving experience.

I wanted more information/photographs about the prison AND more about photography. It felt like all the effort/resources had gone into preserving the building and there wasn't enough left for the contents!

I liked the (very) small but thought-provoking exhibition of work by two photographers - Edson Chaga's pictures stopped me in my tracks and the eloquence of Lien Botha's Wonderboom made me cry.

Someone at the museum clearly has good ideas/connections but there is a great opportunity here to do MUCH better. Maybe keeping the museum free is limiting its development; if you build on it they will come - and pay?
Written June 24, 2019
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