Faial has a couple of attractive museums, which are not only a good alternative program for a rainy day, but really give you an insight into some important aspects of Faial’s past and present.
Museu da Cidade da Horta
The Museum of Horta situated in the old Jesuit college right in the center of the city has an interesting exhibition of the history of the harbor of Horta showing the different stages of development and importance. Further you can see historical furniture and a collection of Sacred Art of Faial.
Museu da Baleia
The whaling museum, which is the old whale processing factory which has been transformed into a museum showing not only the equipment use for the industrial processing of the whales but has also a full scale sperm whale on exhibit.
Museu de Arte Sacrada da Horta
The museum of Sacred Art is located in the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo and keeps a series of religious artifacts. Originally the museum was located in the Convento de São Francisco right in the city center. But since the earthquake of 1998 it has been closed until its reopening in 2020 at its new location.
Casa dos Dabney
The Casa dos Dabney is the old summer residence of the Dabney family. The Dabney’s were an American family of merchants shaping the economy of Faial during the 19th century. John Bass Dabney was the first consul of the United States in Europe, situated in Faial. The family was involved in the wine trade and were the first to launch whaling activities.
Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre
The Volcano Interpretation Center of Capelinhos, gives you an impressive insight not only into the eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1957 and 58, but also on volcanism in the Azores and in gerneral. The museum is built below the old lighthouse which has been destroyed during the eruption. Upon exiting the exhibition you will get right into the tower of the lighthouse, don’t miss out taking the stairs to the top, the view is stunning.
Scrimshaw Museum – Peter’s Museum
Scrimshaw is the art of carving and engraving whale teeth and bones. It probably originated from the Inuit cultures, but was brought to Faial by the sailors of the whaling ships of New England. The museum is located next to the famous Peter Café Sport just above the marina of Horta.