Museum of Santa Maria, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria

The Museum of Santa Maria is located in the parish of the Espirito Santo – Holy Spirit, the municipality of Vila do Porto, the island of Santa Maria in the Azores.

It is a government institution dedicated to ethnography and the dissemination and cultural promotion that integrates the network of museums of the Azores, working directly under the Government department responsible Azores on culture.

The collection of the institution consists mainly of ethnographic pieces, with special focus on local production of ceramics, used in kitchens and shops of the houses, and agricultural activities. Integrate this collection yet, ceramic tiles produced in the nearby island of São Miguel (the Lagoon) and Terceira Island, as well as parts produced in Portugal and other European countries. Collections are dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The permanent exhibition “The Clay Ceramics and Daily Life”, are still small groups of related agriculture, weaving and the daily life of the population of the island.

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