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Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Largo Amor de Perdicao | Building of the former Jail and Court of Appeal, Porto 4050-008, Portugal
+351 22 004 6300
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Very interesting!

The building was an old prison and is very nice! I really liked seen all the old and different... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
julamparelli
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We enjoyed it!

We caught an exhibit of Frida Kahlo which made this even more interesting (you had to pay for that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RosanneNYC
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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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“free entry” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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"on display"
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"photography museum"
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"free entry"
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"amazing building"
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"old jail"
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"spy cameras"
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"interesting exhibition"
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"barred windows"
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"prison life"
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"several floors"
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"modern collection"
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"exhibitions change"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The building was an old prison and is very nice! I really liked seen all the old and different kinds of cameras they have. The visit is free for the permanent collection. I had to pay for a Frida Khalo exposition they had, but it...More

Thank julamparelli
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught an exhibit of Frida Kahlo which made this even more interesting (you had to pay for that portion). The building is great. Fantastic collection of cameras. To top it off, we enjoyed a snack at one of the many nearby cafes. It's near...More

Thank RosanneNYC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to a building full of photographic material but this was limited to three rooms There was an exhibition of cameras, on the top floor, including an interesting group of spy cameras and novelty cameras. This exhibition is really about the building...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Centro Portugues de Fotografia building is interesting as it was once a prison. The barred windows and thick walls are impressive. The exhibitions change, and the one we saw was simple, but the entrance is free so it is worth going for a few...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a let down! I was so eager to visit this Museum as a keen photographer. The building is interesting as an old prison. The bared windows and thick walls are impressive. The exhibition itself was most disappointing. Entrance is free. The photographs on display...More

Thank Moses P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Portuguese Centre of Photography hosts several very interesting photography exhibitions of mostly portuguese artists. The building of the centre is very nice and used to be a prison. Don't miss the upper floor, where there is a big collection of cameras.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

It is the worst museum I have even been to in my life. I am a photographer myself and usually very open to any sorts of art but this has just been a waste of time. With a building like that and so many talented...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

It’s free, they have bathrooms, the photos are ok, but the 3rd floor with all the old cameras is where it’s at! Super cool to see. Worth it!

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

This photography museum is set in an old prison. Free to enter, we found the exhibition to be of mixed interest and would have liked more about the history of the building.

Thank JHReading
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is the former prison building now dedicated to a permanent photographic apparatus exhibition and temporary photography exhibitions. The temporary element is housed downstairs in the various wings of the prison. An information card collected at the entrance describes the uses of the various rooms....More

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