Overcoming Distance

“Overcoming Distance: Five Centuries of Communications in Portugal” is more than a journey through history; it is an exhibition – organised into two parts, one dedicated to the post and the other to telecommunications – on the evolution and improvement in techniques that allowed man to communicate more quickly and efficiently. It is a trek along a journey constructed step by step which reveals the importance of communications in transforming our daily life and in the economic and social development of the community.

Man has sought to exploit both telecommunications and the post as essential tools throughout history. They have provided the possibility to overcome distance and to break through the barrier of isolation. In essence, he has used them as a means to unite the world.

From the optical telegraph to satellites, in telecommunications, or the horse-drawn mail coach to hybrid mail services, in the postal sector, the goal of man’s ever-evolving ingenuity has always been to communicate further and faster to achieve the real-time communication of today.

In 2009, to commemorate World Post Day (9 October), the exhibition Inbound/Outbound – By Mail, with photographs by Anabela Loureiro, was incorporated into the permanent exhibition “Overcoming Distance” and in so doing enriched the section on postal communications.

New guided visit times for individual visitors. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4.00 pm we now have guided visits just for you!

Contact numbers and information – Museu das Comunicações

Additional information: Mail Tour.pdf

Additional information: Telecommunications Tour.pdf

  • 1 January, 2013 - 31 October, 2016
  • 1:00 - 9:00