To experience the harsh and brave life of the land where whaling and wine production helped shape livingness and lansdcape
What to get from the volcanic ground and the sea, that surrounds and connects the islands, is a deeply challenging ongoing binomial that crosses the Azores as a whole. Through its three branches, Pico Museum is able to show to what extent that pursuit can reach high standards of heroism and quality. Heroism, in the whale and sperm whale hunts, which are the source of such fantastic stories of sacrifice, wealth and trade, of emigration and technological progress. Quality, in the way that, with skill, effort and knowledge, it was possible to change a harsh, rude and almost barren ground into a wine landscape, currently included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Museum’s exhibitions tell, through their objects and texts, what was and what is that unceasing labor, displaying artefacts pertaining either to whaling or to the production of vineyards and wine, as well as bearing witness to the commercial, cultural and political relationships created around them.
Pico Museum branches: Whalers Museum, Wine Museum, Whaling Industry Museum