Cultural institutions in Portugal

Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes
Created in 1836, the Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes aims to nurture Portugal’s cultural heritage as well as encourage contemporary artists. It provides research grants, funding for artistic initiatives, and also helps promoting cultural events. Additionally, it contains one of the most important art libraries in Portugal. The site is currently under construction.

Casa Fernando Pessoa
Opened in November 1993, the cultural centre Casa Fernando Pessoa was conceived by the Lisbon City Council as a tribute to Fernando Pessoa and his memory; in the city where he lived and the area in which he spent the last fifteen years of his life, Campo de Ourique. With its auditorium, garden, exhibition rooms, works of art, a library exclusively dedicated to poetry, in addition to part of the poet’s estate (furniture and personal items that are now municipal heritage), the Casa Fernando Pessoa is a small but multifarious world. Its three floors host colloquiums, poetry readings, meetings with authors, concerts and theatre, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, book launches and children’s ateliers in a programme of events which is as widely diversified as possible.

Centro de Documentação 25 de AbrilCoimbra
This is part of the University of Coimbra. Created in 1984 in order to re-organize and make available as many documents as possible on the transition towards democracy begun with the revolution on 25 April 1974.

Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico (CEHA)
Created in 1985 by Madeira's regional government, this centre aims to promote the study of the Atlantic Islands from a historical point of view, by organizing conferences and seminars.

Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa 
This is part of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. It specializes on the history of religion.

Centro de Estudos de Teatro - Arquivo Osório Mateus
This is part of the Faculty of Literature of the Universidade de Lisboa. Created in 1994, it aims to reconstruct Portuguese dramatic practices, with particular reference to historical and sociological perspectives.

Centro Cultural de BelémLisboa 
This houses four different galleries for visual art and a Museum of Design devoted to contemporary art.

Centro Nacional de Arqueologia Náutica e Subaquática
Created in 1997, it covers infrastructures and projects concerning the Portuguese archaeological heritage. It is now part of IGESPAR.

Centro Nacional de Cultura (CNC)
The CNC was founded in 1945 as a meeting point for exchange and dialogue between the different political and ideological sectors of society, in defense of a free and multi-disciplinary culture. It strives to be a bridge between old and young, artists and businessmen, public and private sectors. It pursues these objectives through publications, multimedia publications, exhibitions, courses, seminars and study trips. It also promotes artistic and literary prizes and awards grants to young artists.

Centro Português de Fotografia 
This centre aims to disseminate works by amateur and professional Portuguese-speaking photographers.

Centro de Informação e Documentação Amílcar Cabral, Lisboa (CIDAC)
CIDAC was as a clandestine organization founded in Lisbon in 1974 under the name of Anticolonial Information and Documentation Centre. After the revolution, it became a non-governmental organization that supports developmental co-operation initiatives with African institutions. Based on the experience in development cooperation with Africa and the available information about the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) in the Documentation Centre, CIDAC created in 1983 a Portuguese Language Training Centre for those who intend to work and live in the PALOP countries.

Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema
The Cinemateca maintains a library and a photo archive. The library is open to the general public, but no borrowing facility is available. Photo specimens can be viewed on the library premises, in a special reading room also equipped with a multimedia search terminal.

Escola de Música - Conservatório Nacional
It houses a library that maintains about 6,000 books, including some 18th and 19th-century editions, as well as 2,557 scores.

Direcção-Geral das Artes - DGArtes
DGArtes's main goal is to promote artistic activity, by supporting artists and their projects. It collects and makes available information on Portuguese-speaking artists and aims to disseminate a proper knowledge of their works, both in Portugal and abroad.

Direcção-Geral do Livro e das Bibliotecas - DGLB
The purpose of this Institution is to secure the coordination of Portuguese libraries, promoting an integrated policy for their management. Other responsibilities are to

  • promote the production of literary works;
  • preserve and disseminate the Portuguese literary heritage;
  • promote public reading.

Fundação António Aleixo
Created in 1995 in order to pursue social, cultural, artistic and scientific goals, it deals with

  • special projects addressed to infancy and old age;
  • cultural events;
  • scholarships for students.

Fundação Arca da Aliança
This foundation promotes cultural and spiritual renewal through charity.

Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva
The Foundation houses a Museum and a Documentation and Research Centre. It opened in November 1994, and is devoted principally to promoting and studying the works of painters Arpad Szenes and Vieira da Silva. In addition to its permanent collection, which spans an extensive period of the two artists' work, other exhibitions by artists who shared artistic affinities with the couple are held regularly. A special thematic exhibition is presented annually, trying to offer new insights into the evolution of modern art.

Fundação Calouste GulbenkianLisboa
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian’s statutory goals concern education, science, charity and arts. Its base in Lisboa houses several auditoriums, galleries for temporary  exhibitions, the Gulbenkian Museum, an Art Library and a Centre for Modern Art (including a second museum). The Gulbenkian Institute of Science is located in Oeiras.

Funcação Eça de Queiroz, Santa Cruz do Douro 
This foundation is geared to promote the work of José Maria Eça de Queiroz, both in Portugal and abroad, by preserving and enriching his library and archive and organizing conferences and seminars on his literary activity.

Fundação EngAntónio de Almeida
The Foundation is active mainly in the fields of arts and education, namely civic education, through colloquia, conferences, exhibitions and music recitals. It has created a prize named 'Engenheiro António de Almeida', which is awarded to a graduate who has obtained the highest class of degree in the following universities: University of Oporto, University of Minho, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra (Art College) and the Portucalense University.

Fundação Luso-AmericanaLisboa
The Luso-American Development Foundation’s main goal is to contribute towards Portugal's development by providing financial and strategic support for innovative projects by fostering cooperation between Portuguese and American civil society. Between 1985 and 2000, it sponsored more than 8,000 projects, representing an investment of about €9bn. It awards scholarships and sponsors institutional projects, training programs and exchanges.

Fundação Mário Soares
Founded in 1991, the Fundação Mário Soares supports and takes part in numerous projects in different areas. Its base in Lisbon houses a library and several galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition which gives an overview of the Portuguese 20th century.

Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
Created in 1973, it preserves one of the most important Portuguese collections of visual arts.

Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva
The Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Foundation was established in 1953 as a Museum-School with the purpose of studying and protecting Decorative Arts. The Museum displays important collections of Portuguese tiles, furniture (from the 16th to the 19th century), textiles (including Arraiolo rugs from the 17th and 18th centuries, Oriental carpets and bed-spreads), silver (representative pieces from the 15th to the 19th century), Chinese porcelain, Portuguese faience and paintings. The Foundation also runs workshops, representing traditional crafts as well as two schools: the College of Decorative Arts and the Arts and Crafts Institute.

Fundação Serralves
It houses both a library and a museum whose permanent collection covers the period from the late 1960s to today. It pays particular attention to the relationship of Portuguese artists and their international counterparts. The Library offers information on national and international contemporary art from the 1960s onwards. Access is conditional and books may only be consulted on the premises.

Instituto Camões
Instituto Camões’ main goals are the promotion and dissemination of Portuguese language and culture. For example, it deals with:

  • Language assistants who teach in foreign universities;
  • Portuguese Cultural Centres abroad;
  • Portuguese and Foreign organisations devoted to the study of Portuguese culture; 
  • Academic works aimed at promoting the dissemination of Portuguese language and culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (ICA) 
This is a public foundation organized by the Ministry of Culture and aiming to strengthen cultural identity and diversity in the areas of cinema, the audiovisual and multimedia arts. 

Instituições do Ensino Superior 
A ministerial portal that enables you to gain information about or directly access the website of all institutions, both private and public, promoting university courses.

Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem
The Philosophy of Language Institute (IFL) is a research unit of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas) of the New University of Lisbon (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and is supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia) of the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Higher Education. The main purpose of IFL is to develop research programmes in the current fields of philosophy of language, logic, communication, mind, philosophy of action and moral philosophy.

Instituto de Gestão do Património Arqueológico e Arquitectónico (IGESPAR)
The IGESPAR is committed to maintaining, preserving, protecting and improving the Portuguese architectural and archaeological heritage.

Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa
It holds a library dedicated to Gregorian music.

Instituto de História e Teoria das Ideias (IHTI)
Created in 1976 in the Faculty of literature of the University of Coimbra, the Instituto de História e Teoriadas Ideias is a research unit devoted to the history of ideas that deals in particular with contemporary history, modern language, literatures and journalism. It is also the publisher of the Revista de História das Ideias.

Instituto de Linguística Teórica e Computacional
The Institute for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics (ILTEC) is a non-profit association in which a scientific institution (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and two public universities (Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade Nova da Lisboa) take part. Its main goals are to promote:

  • research in the areas of theoretical and computational linguistics;
  • the development of scientific research activities in the domain of theoretical and computational linguistics;
  • the training of researchers;
  • the dissemination of the results to the scientific community and to a broader universe.

At present the Institute is focusing its research on the areas of lexicology and lexicography. 

Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação (IMC)
IMC safeguards and administers 29 different museums of art, archaelogy and ethnology. IPM is currently engaged in making various collections more accessible through the project Matriz Net which enables specialists, as well as the general audience, to study numerous single items in comparison with similar pieces and/or pieces by the same artist.

Instituto Português de Arqueologia (IPA)
This institute is responsible for maintaining government regulations in the field of archaelogy throughout the country, promoting the collaboration with other public and private entities, and taking part in awareness campaigns in favour of the Portuguese archaelogical heritage. Now part of IGESPAR.

Instituto Português de Fotografia (IPF)
This was the first institute entirely devoted to teaching the art of photography in Portugal.

Galeria Fonseca Macedo
Opened in 2000, it aims to disseminate and promote the contemporary arts, offering artists the opportunity to mount exhibitions. Galeria Fonseca Macedo houses both exhibitions (painting, sculpture, drawing, engravings and photography) and meetings with artists and critics.

Museus de Portugal
This is a project supporting IT in the field of museology, by promoting the exchange of information among its members (e.g. through electronic media such as Lists of distributions and Newsgroups), establishing forms of cooperation and proposing training sessions in IT. Museus de 
Portugal accommodates on its web-page all museums that take part in the project.

Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Founded in 1893 as the Museu Etnográfico Português, the present National Archaeological Museum (MNA) maintains essentially the programmatic purpose which was in its origin. MNA holds the most important Portuguese archaeological collection, covering every indicated historical period and it also houses inventory services, a library and its own editions, laboratories, research spaces, educational and cultural services.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga 
The main collections of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga are consituted by:

  • painting, about 2200 items from the 14th to the 19th century;
  • sculpture, about 2400 items, the large majority of them from the 13th and the 14th centuries;
  • drawings and engravings, about 5800 drawings from the 15th to the 19th century and about 16,000 engravings dating back, in most cases, to the 18th and 19th century;
  • goldsmith's art, items dating back from the 12th to the 19th century;
  • ceramics, about 7500 items in faiançe and porcelain;
  • textiles, about 4800 peças (90% of them are vestments);
  • furniture, about 1600 items.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo
This museum displays traditional tiles and has a library specialized in texts related to ceramics and tiles.

Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
This has an important collection of decorative arts (jewellery, textiles, glass, and ceramics) from the 15th century onwards.

RDP - Radiodifusão Portuguesa SA
Radiodifusão Portuguesa SA is the concessionary company of public radio services in Portugal, part of RadioTelevisão Portuguesa (RTP). They produce the following programs:
Antena 1Antena 2Antena 3RDP ÁfricaRDP Internacional; plus Antena 1 – MadeiraAntena 3 – MadeiraAntena 1 – Açores. Antena 1 addresses general audience. Antena 2 is the cultural station par excellence. Antena 3 is meant to be the station for young people. RDP Internacional addresses Portuguese communities abroad, while RDP Africa aims at favouring the integration of lusophone countries in Africa.