Leiria Museum receives two prizes and two honorable mentions from APOM – Region of Leiria


The pandemic prevented the usual award ceremony of the Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM), but the museological institutions of Portugal were nevertheless not recognized.

It was through a video shared on digital platforms that APOM published the 86 award-winning institutions, including the Leiria Museum, which received two awards and two honorable mentions.

Among the 32 categories of the competition, the museological institution of Leiria was awarded in the categories “Special mention” and “Work of museology” with the temporary exhibition “Plasticity – A history of plastics in Portugal”.

Regarding the honorable mentions, the Museum of Leiria was distinguished in the categories “Intervention in conservation and restoration” and “Temporary exhibition” with the exhibition that takes place on plastics.

The exhibition is on display at the Leiria Museum and the Leiria Environmental Interpretation Center until June 30, 2021, and can be visited every day, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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In a statement sent to the editors, the counselor of the Chamber of Leiria Anabela Graça considers that the prizes won by the Museum of Leiria “are of the utmost importance for the enhancement and development of Leiria’s cultural work”.

“The relevance of the activity of the Leiria Museum has been recognized by successive national, but also international awards, which makes us believe that we are on the right track”, he concludes.

Also in the Leiria region, the Museu da Comunidade Concelhia da Batalha received the “Special Mention” award and the Museu do Santuário de Fátima was awarded in the “Intervention in conservation and restoration” category for the work carried out in the mantle of Queen D. Amélia.

The winners were selected from 208 entries. In the video that replaces the ceremony, the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, leaves a message: “These awards demonstrate the plurality and strength of the resources of museological institutions,” she said.

The Minister also congratulates the museums for “their dynamism and their creativity, in particular for their ability to adapt to the pandemic situation we are experiencing today”.

This was the 25th edition of the APOM awards and concerns projects carried out exclusively in 2019. The association has existed since 1965 and ended 55 years in 2020.

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