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Centro Portugues de Fotografia

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Address: Largo Amor de Perdicao | Building of the former Jail and Court of Appeal, Porto 4050-008, Portugal
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+351 22 004 6300
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 15:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Portuguese Centre for Photography (CPF) is a free public service based...

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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Small exhibit but interesting history

There was a nice exhibit of photographs from the Portuguese royalty. A small art photography exhibit had some nice pieces

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There was a nice exhibit of photographs from the Portuguese royalty. A small art photography exhibit had some nice pieces

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An interesting exhibition of photographs and an even more interesting collection of cameras all housed in a former prison. Check out the thickness of the bars on the windows, no escape from there. Best of all it is free entrance so check this one out.

Thank Steve-and-Andie
Cieszyn, Poland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building - old prison - is impressive, as for the museum itself there are few exhibitions of modern collection of photographs that are amazing but for me the best part was the collection of old cameras. Visit is free of charge so totally recommend.

Thank Offelka
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is housed in an old prison (its cold!). I didn't know what it would be. There is a more modern collection of some photographs which was ok. The best bit is the large collection of photos taken by royalty which depicts their family and way of life. Very pleasant way to spend an hour. After seeing the photos I... More 

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Northern Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend recommended we stop here and we're glad we did. It's free and the photo exhibits are interesting but that's not what makes the building interesting. It's that it used to be a former prison so the rooms and light are really interesting. Be prepared for steep stairs--but make sure to visit all the floors, including the third floor... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be one of the coolest public buildings in Porto. And amazing that the photographers get it! The building is a catacombs of exhibits. Each level offering a glimpse into different photography periods and insights. My favorite was the exhibit on the historical photos of the monarchy. Good news, this museum is free! I would come back here.

Thank mrportland
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was built and used as a prison until the end of the dictatorship, when t became a Photography museum. The location is nothing short of stunning, and the cellmates had amazing views over Porto, though they were of course also tortured... The exhibition we have seen was excellent, but that of course changes constantly. There are some permanent exhibits... More 

Thank HaimBresh
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am afraid that a rating of photographic exhibitions by a photographer will not be objective. But I was so excited by this photographic center. There was two temporary photography exhibitions dedicated to Portuguese history, both very interesting. And the permanent exhibition of cameras from beginnings till almost nowadays. Sorted by eras and purposes, including such specialties as old spy... More 

Thank Michal K
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful museum set in a former prison. It has a wonderful collection of old cameras on the top floor, plus some lovely exhibitions elsewhere in the museum. And there is no entry fee!

Thank AutumnTraveller14
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting stop off - an old prison transformed with old historic photographs. A nice place to cool off and meander through the various rooms.

Thank Ldavis27

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