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“fascinating bit of industrial history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti

Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti
Ranked #14 of 59 things to do in Setubal
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Owner description: Also known as Museum of Work of Setubal
Northern England
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“fascinating bit of industrial history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

As over-65s we got in free (others pay a very modest fee), but were still given a guided tour in English by the very friendly staff. All aspects of the sardine industry were covered, including printing the labels on the tins. The history and demise of the industry in Setubal were described briefly and interestingly. It seems it was the car industry that stole all the workers and accounted for the decline from over 150 factories in Setubal to just 3 and then none. But who would want to work 17 hours a day 7 days a week during the prime fishing season! Yet that's what they did. Altogether, a surprising find on a day out from Lisbon.

Visited June 2013
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“Unexpected but wonderful museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2010

This wonderful and unique museum in Portugal is set in a former Sardine Factory. Setubal once had many of these but they have all closed sown, though there are still one or two chimneys on the horizon. The Sardine story is only one of the industries covered in this museum, that also covers past rural industries. Of course the Sardine industry was linked to the olive oil and salt extraction industries and these are also covered. One of the highlights of the museum is a full grocery store (Mercearia) donated to the museum by Michel Giametti. The store formally occupied a site in the famous Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon, and has been idsmantled, transported and carefully reproduced within the museum, thereby linking the industries of Portugal to its commerce. This museum also has various temperory exhibitions and often has a lacemaker at work, representing cottage or household industries. There is an active education and community outreach programme. There are staff who can offer a guided tour in Portuguese and English.

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