Ferreira da Silva chemistry laboratory restoration – the negotiating process, Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto

October 25
Ferreira da Silva chemistry laboratory restoration – the negotiating process
14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchairs: YES

The Ferreira da Silva chemistry laboratory: from the intended transformation into a multi-purpose venue till the decision to musealize it; making options regarding the period to recreate; between a make-believe and a close to faithful restoration. It will be also presented the exhibition on display: Ferreira da Silva chemistry laboratory – a century of chemistry on display.

Mediation and Discussion

Marisa Monteiro graduated in Physics and has been a curator since 2000, with the former Science Museum and the present Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto, researching and cataloguing its 19th c. – early 20th c. exact science collection, having contributed to several interactive and historical science exhibitions. She assisted the
restoration of the Ferreira da Silva chemistry laboratory with information gathered through

Mariano Piçarra (Lisbon, 1960) is a designer and author of numerous exhibitions at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with which he has won the APOM award for “Best Exhibition” on several occasions, as well as the Pádua Ramos Award for Best Interior Design in 2015.

Luis Afonso Carvalho (Lisbon, 1961) is an architect and has been working with Mariano Piçarra in museography since 1991. The works carried out by this duo include regular collaborations with National Museums, Municipal Museums and also exhibitions for institutions such as the Centro Cultural de Belém, Serralves and the Rectory of the University of Porto.

How to get there

Reitoria Universidade do Porto – Laboratório
Praça de Gomes Teixeira, 4050-526 Porto, Portugal

200, 201, 207, 208 and 303 
From the Bus stop Palácio 
Last stop Cordoaria
Then walk 4 minutes
Total 10 minutes

Walking (from Palácio de Cristal)
15 minutes

At the end of the visit, please go to Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis for a welcome drink at 17.30 – R. de Dom Manuel II 44, 4050-522 Porto.