Whaleman Museum

Lajes do Pico


Constituted by a set of three Whaleman Houses from the 19th century, the interesting Whaleman Museum shows off the importance of this Whale activity in the Pico Island.

This strong ancient Whale tradition, still visible in the localities ambiance and lifestyle, has origins in the 18th century when the Americans arrived and introduced the Cachalot Hunting, activity that grew up to be the main one in São Roque do Pico, and in the Pico Island, along with the industry of all the products derived from it, such as whale powders and oils.

Innaugurated in 1988, the Whaleman Museum, together with the Whaling Industry Factory, is unique in Europe, demonstrating the importance and dificulties of this activity to the future generations, keeping preserved such an important Heritage.

The permanent exhibition offers five main nucleus: the Azores typical Whaleboat, the Blacksmith Tent, the Naval Construction, the Whale Art and the Whaleman on earth-
The Museum also holds the services of a specialized Library/Documentation Centre, a small Auditorium, Pedagogical Services and activities organization.

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