Integrated in the Museological Network of the Municipality of Peniche, the Interpretative Centre of Atouguia da Baleia - CIAB, aims to study, value and enhance the historical and cultural heritage of the county, offering an integrated vision of the Historical Region of Atouguia da Baleia. This Centre contains various scientific fields ranging from geology and paleontology to archeology and history, including human geography and anthropology.

Its management involves three entities – Town Hall of Peniche, Parish Council of Atouguia da Baleia and Parochial Church Council of São Leonardo. The Interpretative Centre of Atouguia da Baleia also accepts contributions from the community.

This project involved the rehabilitation of a historic building - the church of St. Joseph, also integrated in the visit to the CIAB - and the construction of the annexed building, interpretative centre. Since 2007 the work concerning the study, inventory, conservation and enhancement of the integrated or integrating heritage has been developed in the museum space or in situ. Of these, we highlight the conservation and restoration of all pieces/estate that belong to the CIAB, emphasizing the work done on the altar piece of the Church of S. Joseph, as well as the Participatory Inventory of Cultural Heritage, which, with the support of the community and population living in the different towns of the parish, allowed a better understanding of the cultural heritage that belongs to Atouguia da Baleia.

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Rua Alexandre Herculano
2520-273 Peniche


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