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Museu da Música Portuguesa (Museum of Portuguese Music) - Casa Verdades de Faria

Av. de Sabóia, n.º 1146
Monte Estoril 2765 -580 Estoril

In 1918, Jorge O'Neil (also responsible for the building of the Torre de São Sebastião ( Tower of S. Sebastião) also ordered the construction, in Monte Estoril, of the Torre de São Patrício (Tower of S. Sebastião), now Casa Verdades de Faria. The project was designed by Raul Lino and its interior was decorated with painted plaster, glass windows and 18th century tiles.

Around 1942, Enrique Mantero Belard bought Torre de S. Patrício (Tower of S. Patrício), making some changes to the house and garden. His wife, Gertrudes Verdades de Faria, an art lover, promoted social meetings and cultural evenings and carried out an important work in supporting and encouraging the professionals of the artistic world.
After the death of this wife, Mantero Belard wrote his will benefiting several institutions, one being the Câmara Municipal de Cascais (Municipal Council of Cascais), to whom he gave his property in Monte Estoril, for the construction of the House-Museum and Public Garden, called Verdades de Faria.

Therefore, in 1981, after the acquisition of collections of popular Portuguese musical instruments and ethnographic objects, belonging to the ethnomusicologist Michel Giacometti, a specific museum programme was defined for Casa Verdades Faria: the Museu da Música Regional Portuguesa (Museum of Portuguese Regional Music) was born, and approved in 1987.

An Installation Committee was nominated - of which Michel Giacometti himself was part - with collaboration from the Instituto Português do Património Cultural (Portuguese Institute of Cultural Heritage) and the Museu de Etnologia (Museum of Ethnology), which sought to establish programmatic lines for the operation of the institution. Two years later, the specialized library of Giacometti was also acquired, which allowed for the creation of the Museum Documentation Centre.

In 1994, in his will, the composer Fernando Lopes Graça, who worked closely on the research of Michel Giacometti, left to the Câmara Municipal de Cascais (Municipal Council of Cascais) all his estate, which came to be incorporated into the museum in 1995, shortly after his death. Due to the broader scope of his collection, the museum came to be known by its current name - Museu da Música Portuguesa (Museum of Portuguese Music).

The joining of the estates of these two figures determines the vocation of the museum, whose mission and purpose is the preservation, conservation, study, dissemination and promotion of Portuguese Musical Heritage.

The Museu da Música Portuguesa (Museum of Portuguese Music) develops a set of actions in research, conservation, documentation, communication and education, presenting a cultural programme with temporary exhibitions, cycles of concerts, conferences, educational programmes and also annually promotes the Prémio Lopes-Graça de Composição (Lopes-Graça Composition Award). Since 2011 is has still been responsible for organizing the Prémio de Composição Machado e Cerveira (Machado e Cerveira Composition Award).

In 2005, the museum underwent an extensive intervention of the restoration and remodelling of spaces, and reopened to the public with a new museum programme and a wide range of initiatives related to the promotion of the work of Giacometti and Lopes-Graça. Besides the permanent collection, the museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions entering into dialogue with its subjects.

Visits to the Museum:
 Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pre-arranged Visits
 Wednesday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Documentation Centre
 Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and form 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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