Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Centro Portugues de Fotografia
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 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
    6 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Michael F
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania38 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,955 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • paulac32
    Manchester, United Kingdom315 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2024
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paulac32
Manchester, UK315 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 12 April 2024
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,955 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 7 January 2024
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NPB
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A fascinating building, thoughtful and varied exhibitions, and a brilliant collection of old cameras. Well worth a visit.
Written 1 December 2023
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Michael F
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 14 November 2023
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J D
6 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 2 July 2023
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Carol I
Portland, OR152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Within the fortress in Porto there is a wonderful photo museum. When we were there in May there was an all-female show of international photographers.
Written 12 September 2022
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Marta R
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Amazing for photography enthusiasts, with all the cameras display. The photo exhibition was very interesting. As a recommendation, there should be some explanation of the history of the cameras and equipment.
Written 3 September 2022
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740Park
Hamburg, Germany26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Fantastic, thorough history of photography and photography as far as it relates to Portugal, all for free, in what used to be a prison. So it was a very interesting viewing space to see all the photographs. And there’s such a fascinating collection of cameras to see as well. You could easily spend an hour or two here.
Written 1 July 2022
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JBPurgerFrb
Frederiksberg, Denmark1,701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We went to Centro Portugues de Fotografia as a recommendation from some friends.
The photos were well presented and it was exciting.
The cameras upstairs were fun to look at, but nothing else.
Written 15 June 2022
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Ashley W
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
An impressive collection of photography and camera equipment inside a beautiful former jail building. Top tip - the views from the top floor are worth it alone! Also, it's free entry
Written 31 January 2022
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