Museums & Monuments

Forte Ponta da Bandeira - Lagos Fort
One of the finest 17thC Forts built along the coast to protect against raiders. Situated at the end of the canal across a moat, has a museum to Portuguese discoveries. Open Tues-Sun 10:00-12:30 & 14:00-17:30 except bank hols. Standard ticket 3€
Centro Ciencia Viva de Lagos
A place for discovery with indoor and outdoor auditoriums and space for learning and fun. Exhibitions, group workshops and talks, space for "Birthdays with Science". See site for admission prices. Tue through Sun 10:00 until 18:00.
Cultural Centre of Lagos
Cultural Centre in Lagos at Rua Lançarote Freitas, No 7. Art exhibitions, music concerts, dance spectaculars, Wednesday Films and much more. Visit their website for details. Exhibitions open mon-sat 11:00-19:00. Evening events start 21:30.
Water Museum at Querenca
Pólo Museológico da Água, at the village of Querença near Loule. Showing the importance of water in streams, springs, dams, mills... From water legends to Hydro-electric Power. Open weekdays 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00
Museum Maritimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigao
Exhibits artefacts related to the Algarves sardine fishing industry. Open from 9:00-12:00 and 14:30-17:00. At Rua Comunidade Lusiada, Faro.
Traditional Kitchen Museum - Loule
Polo Museologico da Cozinha Tradicional. Large collection showing rural life, rustic traditions: making bread, traditional pots, dishes... Open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-16:30 at Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia in Loule. Guided tours 289 400 957
Museu do Traje de São Brás de Alportel
Costume museum with dolls, carriages and Algarve rural handicraft on display. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00, and Saturday and Sunday 14:00-17:00. Guided tours available. At Rua Doutor Jose Dias Sancho 61, Sao Bras de Alportel.
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia - Albufeira
Archeological museum with sections covering Prehistoric, Roman, Visigoth, Islamic and Modern periods. Guided tours are available. Located at Praca da Republica 1, 8200 Albufeira.
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves
Exhibits include an 12th century Arab well-cistern and other archeological artefacts. Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00-18:00, except on Christmas and New Years Day. At Rua das Portas de Loule 14, Silves.
Museu Municipal de Loule
Exhibits Loules archeological past with artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Roman ages. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:30, and Saturday from 9:00-14:00 e 15:00-17:00. At Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia 17, Loule.
Museu Municipal de Faro
Museum of local history and archeology with both permanent and temporary exhibitions. 100 seat auditorium, conservation and restoration laboratory and document centre on site. Seasonal opening times apply. Located at Largo d. Afonso III 14, 8000-167 Faro
Faro Jewish Heritage Centre
Jewish Sephardi heritage site exhibiting relics from the two defunct Faro synagogues of the 19th and 20th century and a copy of Gacons 1487 Pentateuch in Hebrew. Judaica, books, videos and souvenirs. Next to the hospital on Rue Leao Penedo, Faro.
Pólo Museológico dos Frutos Secos
Satellite museum of Museu Municipal de Loule. Focuses on the methods of harvesting dried fruits including figs, carob and almond fruit. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:30, and Saturdays and holidays from 10:00-14:00. At Rua Gil Vicente 14, Loule.
Tavira Live Science Centre
Open to vistors this science centre has a scientific and technological area, where water and energy are major topics of the interactive exhibition. At Tavira open tues-sat 10:00-18:00.
Estacao Arqueologica do Cerro da Vila
Museum and archaeological site exhibiting artefacts from the Roman civilisation in Vilamoura. Open from 9:30-12:30 and 14:00-18:00. At Avenida Cerro da Vila, Vilamoura, Quarteira.
Museu Municipal Dr José Formosinho - Lagos Museum
Ethnographic museum with exhibits including the town charter, a 17th century altar, priests vestments and Manuel Cabanas wood engravings. At Rua General Alberto de Silveira, Lagos.
Alvor Museum of Local Life
The Ethnographic Museum: A display of items important to life in this coastal village for farming, fishing, water, lighting... Activities related to the land and the sea. Open in summer in the main square Praça da Republica.