“For Your Free Thinking”

National Museum of Resistance and Freedom
From 27 April´19 to 6 February'22

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The exhibition “For your Free Thinking” evokes striking moments of contemporary history – repression and violation of human rights by the Military Dictatorship and the Estado Novo, the Colonial War, Resistance to Fascism, the 25 of April Revolution and the ensuing Democratic Regime – based on the place of memory, the Peniche Prison.
This is a great tribute to the political prisoners, their families, the people of Peniche and thousands of women and men who, for almost half a century, sacrificed their life and freedom in the fight against fascism and for Democracy.

Exhibition Credits

Direção-Geral do Património Cultural
Comité Executivo do Museu de Peniche
[DR – Despacho n.º 9667/2018 de 16.10.2018]

Domingos Abrantes
Fernando Rosas
João Barros Matos
José Pacheco Pereira
Paula Araújo da Silva
Silvestre Lacerda
Teresa Pacheco Albino

Câmara Municipal de Peniche
Gabinete de Estudos Sociais
Partido Comunista Português
Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e Bibliotecas
Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
União de Resistentes Antifascistas Portugueses
Executive coordination
Teresa Pacheco Albino
Aida Rechena
Rosalina Carmona
Teresa Pacheco Albino
Atelier AR4, Arquitetura, Lda
João Barros Matos
Contents Selection
Aida Rechena
Alice Samara
Domingos Abrantes
Fernando Rosas
Francisco Ruivo
Joana Dias Pereira
João Bonifácio Serra
José Pedro Soares
Manuela Bernardino
Rosalina Carmona
Rui Venâncio
Silvestre Lacerda
Teresa Pacheco Albino
Alice Samara
Domingos Abrantes
Fernando Rosas
Francisco Ruivo
Joana Dias Pereira
João Barros Matos
João Bonifácio Serra
Manuela Bernardino
Rui Venâncio
Communication project and graphic design
Atelier Pedro Falcão
Cíntia Pereira de Sousa
Commemoration Programme
David Santos
Fátima Roque
Rosalina Carmona
Budgetary management
Fernanda Steiger Garção
Filipe Campos Silva
Manuel Diogo
Paula Azevedo
Texts revision
Aida Rechena
Céu Novais
Cíntia Pereira de Sousa
Rosalina Carmona
Teresa Pacheco Albino
Conservation and restoration
Jorge Martins
Construction work
João Bessa Pinto
Luís Ferro

Feira do Vidro
Frademetalúrgica, Lda
HCI,Construções, S.A
Monumenta, Lda
TECNACO,Técnicos de Construção, SA
Sound effects and audioguide
Centro de Computação Gráfica
Universidade do Minho
Audiovisual equipment and animation
Garden Films
Ângela Alves
António Dores
Céu Novais
Paula Delgado
Céu Novais
Photography Credits
António Alves Seara
António Jorge Silva / AMJP
Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril – UC
Eduardo Gageiro
Ezequiel Santos
José Paul Ruas / ADF-DGPC
Luís Correia Peixoto
Graphic production
Logotexto, Lda
Location / Room

Multiuse lounge, Parlatory, Santa Bárbara Chapel and Round Fort or "Secret"


Free admission

More information

Email.: geral@mnrl.dgpc.pt
Tlf. (+351) 262 789 159

The exhibition “Por Teu Livre Pensamento” (“For your Free Thinking”) is the inaugural act of the creation of the National Museum of Resistance and Freedom in the Peniche Fortress.

This is a deeply symbolic act, which marks the opening to the public of a unique museological project, which has challenged the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage on multiple and enthusiastic fronts and has been embraced by a huge multidisciplinary team of qualified professionals from our staff.

The 15th National Museum will perpetuate the memory of resistance to the dictatorship and will be a place of homage to the arduous and painful struggle in the name of Freedom and Human Rights in our country during 48 long
years of repression.

It will also be a source of knowledge and reflection on humanist values that despite being fundamental have withered and declined at times throughout history.

In portraying the suffering caused by lack of freedom, even the freedom to think, we go beyond the field of memory and point clearly to the future. This Museum will always remind us that the most valuable achievement of April 1974 – Freedom – will continue to be what we do not want to lose – ever again.

In 2017 the current government unanimously approved a recovery plan for the Peniche Fortress to install a National Museum in it. Moreover, the Assembly of the Republic approved, in parliament, on both left and right, its refurbishment and the preservation of its historical memory, as an ex-political prison of the dictatorship.

It is with great pride that we are now positioning Portugal on the international itinerary of monuments and museums that celebrate Human Rights. In the troubled times in which we live, the call for attention to this achievement has almost become an ethical imperative, and it is surely a matter of citizenship.

Later, the Committee for Museum Content Production and Presentation (CICOM) was established to oversee the production of the Museum’s exhibition design. The committee’s members include some ex-prisoners of Peniche and other well-known personalities. Their tireless work and commendable dedication are at origin of the design of the “Por Teu Livre Pensamento” exibition.

While on the one hand we work with a comfortable historical detachment, as 45 years have passed since the events that we propose to narrate in our museological discourse, on the other hand we have the enormous privilegie of enriching our task with the contributions of many of those who lived through the period and spent time in this prison.

Reconciling these two factors is a rare and happy circumstance, so I would say that this Museum could not have been created any later or any sooner. It is going to be created, strictly, at the right time.

We know that Cultural Heritage, as memory, is never restricted to the past. It always belongs to the present, because it is part of and participates in the present. Thus, it is therefore inscribed in the future. This
is the great mystique of Heritage: it belongs fully to the past, the present and the future.

The Fortress of Peniche is a living exemple of this dynamic. It is a remarkable heritage site, which began as a military fort, was then
a political prison and is now reborn with a new use as a space for culture and memory.
Let us therefore consider this exhibition as the bright dawn of a “new, whole and clean day”.

Paula Araújo da Silva
Director – General of Cultural Heritage