The Museu das Comunicações is the most visible face of the Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, created on 6 October 1997 by its founding members ANACOM - Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações, CTT - Correios de Portugal and PT - Portugal Telecom.
The Museum is an active element in the realization of the Foundation's primary purpose: to promote the study, conservation and dissemination of the historical, scientific and technological heritage of communications. Besides the permanent exhibitions, the Museum organises temporary shows on the theme of communications and also holds other initiatives which, due to their public popularity, deserve to be seen in a venue which is open and dynamic.
“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.
Opened in 2004 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the end of the first era of the post rider service (Lisbon to Coimbra, 1798-1804), this exhibition recreates life-size scenarios associated with the transport of mail and people at one of the so-called staging posts at the end of the 18th and start of the 19th century. The models of the employees and passengers appear to have been frozen in time and liable to return to life at any moment.
Connecting Stories is an initiative between the Portuguese Communications Museum, in Lisbon, and the Slovenian Post and Telecommunications Museum, in Borovnica. to share knowledge and experience within the heritage of the two museums. To reveal similarities and differences in the post and telecommunications heritage in their exhibitions is the aim of this project. We will show some pieces we have in common present in both museums. The first piece highlighted is the horn that was used by the post services to announce the arrival of the post. Come along and visit the Connecting Stories corner