Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente's

The city of Funchal is home to the oldest photography studio in the country. Gathering an estate that dates back to the 19th century, the Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente's offers an unmissable visit for any curious visitor or lover of this art.

Located at Rua da Carreira, in the heart of Funchal, this space was initially acquired in 1865 by Vicente Gomes da Silva (1827-1906). Atelier Vicente's, which throughout its history was awarded several distinctions, ceased its activity in the 1970s. Thus, in 1979, the Regional Government of Madeira acquired the entire collection of this studio, to then renovate and inaugurate it in 1982 as a museum.

Besides the restoration of this historical studio, the Madeira Photography Museum offers visitors the opportunity to come into close contact with a series of sceneries, cameras, specialised furniture, frames with original photographs, books about photographic techniques and a very important photographic archive, consisting of about three to four million copies, dating back to the 1850s.

In addition, the Madeira Photography Museum has a section on cinema and an area for temporary exhibitions.


Located in a 19th-century studio, the Madeira Photography Museum gathers a collection of cameras, sceneries and a photographic archive of one and a half million copies.

Lift access to the second floor and several ramps.

Rua da Carreira, 43 - 1º | 9000-904 Funchal
Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 17h00 | Closed: Sunday, Monday and Public holidays


The island of Madeira has an inestimable cultural heritage. The AP_ARTE project emphasizes this by producing thirty videos highlighting individual pieces of art from seven museums on the island. These artefacts were chosen based on the history surrounding the piece and its relationship with Madeira. See here the pieces selected by this Museum
Projeto AP_ARTE 1
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