The idea of founding a museum on the Douro goes back to the 1930s. The ambition at the time was to safeguard, promote and spread the unique culture of the region of the Douro. The project was set up in 1997, following a law voted by the National Assembly. It became fully operational in 2002, with the introduction of the first educational and cultural projects. The current premises were inaugurated in 2008.
The museum was created to showcase the area, its purpose being to collect, conserve, analyse, and publicise the collection and the documents which represent the heritage of the Douro region in all its natural and cultural diversity. The museum has found its place as an instrument at the service of the region’s socio-cultural development and as a “museum of communities”, providing a link to local, regional and international institutions.
The Douro Museum has taken on the mission of contributing to the construction of cultural values, developing educational activities, but especially of offering “great outdoors” experiences to encourage active public participation. The educative and experimental activities deal particularly with the considerable changes to rural life and wine making in the region since the 1970s. They relate especially to the river itself, the bed and the course of which have been completely transformed by the construction of large hydro-electric dams. These changes affect society and landscapes significantly, bearing witness to a vanished way of life.
Contact: Natalia Fauvrelle, firstname.lastname@example.org