The Azores look differently when seen from Flores Island. Europe is much further away and America is closer. Almost all other islands, except for neighboring Corvo, are far away and out of reach. Strategic issues, however, remain the same as in the rest of the Azores, above all those concerning the use of the Atlantic as a connection between the old and the new world. Many routes of transatlantic navigation pass by these latitudes and near Flores since the time of Peru silver route up to contemporary air routes.
Flores Museum presents a reflection about what was and what is to live on the razor’s edge of wars, fights, looting, pirates, riches, shipwrecks, emigration, whaling, struggle among powers of global range, since the renowned battle of Flores Island in 1591 to the “Station Française de Telemesures de Flores”, not forgetting the unceasing need to build human communities, able to achieve some kind of prosperity and happiness, which entails engendering poets and intelectuals, politicians and business people. All these beneath a mantle of daringness and audacity, crucial in these circumstances and this place.
Flores Museum branches: São Boaventura Convent
Largo da Misericórdia (Square), Santa Cruz das Flores
Lat. (digital format) 39. 45 20 20
Long. (digital format) -31. 129105
By foot, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes from the furthest location in Santa Cruz.
By car, from any location in Flores Island following the GPS Coordinates:
Lat. (digital format) 39. 45 20 20 and Long. (digital format) -31. 129105.
Ponta Delgada – Santa Cruz, at 7:00am and 8:00am
Fajã Grande – Santa Cruz, at 8:00 am
Lajes – Santa Cruz, at 9:00am and 4:00pm
Flores Museum mirrors human livingness on this Island, halfway between Europe and America, a key point of support to transatlantic homeward journeys. It was the undeniable geostrategic value of Flores, which largely exceeds its wealth and dimension, that determined the settlement of the Island.
Flores Museum is hosted in the Franciscan convent of São Boaventura, whose church ceiling is made of polychrome cedarwood decorated with vegetal and floral motifs. A collection of pottery for domestic use, weaving and spinning artefacts, a wide range of textiles, tools for agriculture and the production of butter, as well as objects coming from the United States of America, sent by emigrants, bear witness to this people everyday life. On the second floor the relationship between the Atlantic dynamics and the island is addressed, highlighting the hardships of piracy suffered until the 19th century. There are many evidences linked to the sea: nautical instruments, salvages, pieces made of spermwhale bone and tooth, speedboat and gear for coastline fishing from 1928 and an interactive scale model representing the shipwrecks that took place between the 16th and the 20th centuries. At the chancel screen, some religious sculptures are displayed.
There are activities for both children and adults; temporary exhibitions of varied themes, concerts and lectures; information in Portuguese and English, as well.
An autonomous tour takes about 30 to 45 minutes and there are also guided tours for schools or organized groups by booking 24 hours in advance.
The Museum is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, including holidays, from 9:30am to 5:00pm in winter (from October 1st to March 31st) and from 10:00am to 5:30pm in summer (from April 1st to September 30th).
There is a public free parking lot, as well as a coffee and snacks service next to the building.
Tel. 292 592 159