When museums meet villages!

This is an invitation to meet and share. Enter, discover and explore the villages and museums of the Museum in the Village project through a digital experience with the cultural heritage of each.

Museum in the Village: Art in Community

A project where art is the invitation to meetings and sharing!

Welcome to the Museum in the Village! In this artistic and social intervention project, focused on the elderly population in rural and isolated areas, 13 museums and 13 villages from 26 Portuguese municipalities come together in a large network. Communities interact with museum professionals, artists and local organisations to share their cultural heritage and revive traditions. Learn more about the Museum in the Village Project and join us for this unique experience!

Museum in the Village Project

Credits: Joaquim Dâmaso

The “Museum in the Village” project aims to offer a cultural programme to audiences who do not normally have the possibility to enjoy it, consisting of the creation of a sequential and integrated programme of visits between museums and villages, through a cohesive network between municipalities and their cultural and artistic offerings.

The Museum in the Village is an artistic and social intervention project that brings together Museums and Communities and is aimed at autonomous elderly people over 65 years of age, from the 26 municipalities of the Culture 2027 Network, who live in isolated rural environments with little accessibility to cultural offers.

Through a unique artistic and cultural programme, SAMP professionals, in conjunction with mayors and museum professionals, bring and present museum artworks to the different communities in the villages. This first meeting allows new approaches, transformations and interpretations of museum objects by the elderly residents of the villages. The community is then invited to reflect on the work and relate it to their memories, life experiences and local characteristics.

This process culminates in the materialisation of a new work developed by the elderly, together with museum professionals and the SAMP team, which aims to represent both the individual characteristics of each elderly person and their community. The collective artwork is then inaugurated in the museums involved, through a SAMP Performative Presentation representing both the museum institution and the community.


Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos (SAMP), the promoting organisation, publicly presented the “Museum in the Village” project at a Press Conference.

The event was attended by municipal partners, funders, museum professionals and members of the local community, and took place on 3 December 2020 in the village of Mosteiro, in the municipality of Pedrógão Grande.


The documentary “Museu na Aldeia” presents the close relationships created between the museums and the villages over almost three years of the project. The transport and presentation of museum collections in villages far from urban centres provided numerous moments of encounters through cultural similarities and differences. The villages reciprocated the gesture by creating a new collective work and presenting it in their respective museums. In this film developed by Casota Collective, the relationships created through Cultural Heritage are recorded.

Villages and Museums

‘Grande Encontro’ – Musical show presented by the SAMP team. Photo by Gil de Lemos

The Great Encounter

‘Grande Encontro Museu na Aldeia’ (The Great Encounter) brought together for the first time all the communities, museums, municipalities and partners in the same space to celebrate the several moments of the project. This special encounter took place at Teatro José Lúcio da Silva on the 1st of March 2023 and allowed the crossover of creations, the sharing of thoughts and the deepening of bonds between all.

The People

The most precious Cultural Heritage of a territory!

In the “Museum in the Village” project, each community becomes a living museum, where the most precious asset is people. The faces of a territory reveal artists, storytellers, poets, writers and guardians of memories and their heritage, but above all, they present us with the knowledge of being with the other.


Prizes and distinctions awarded to the Museum in the Village project

Over the course of its trajectory, the Museum in the Village project has received numerous distinctions and prestigious recognitions at both the national and international levels. These recognitions underscore the significance of the initiative as an inspiring example of cultural engagement and commitment between museums and communities in the preservation and appreciation of Cultural Heritage.

Project Credits

  • Cultural Promoter
    SAMP – Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos
  • Co-financier
    Iniciativa Portugal Inovação Social
    Programa Operacional Social e de Emprego (PO ISE)
    Portugal 2020
    Fundo Social Europeu (FSE)
  • Social investor
    Câmara Municipal de Leiria
  • Partner
    Rede Cultura 2027
  • In collaboration with
    União de Freguesias de Leiria, Pousos, Barreira e Cortes
  • Museums Working Group for project “Rede Cultura 2027”
    Alberto Guerreiro | Museu Raul da Bernarda
    Sónia Santos | Município de Ourém
    Bruno Silva | Rede de Museus e Galerias de Óbidos
    Dóris Santos | Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso
    Filipe Guimarães da Silva | Fundação Mário Soares e Maria Barroso
    Jorge Figueiredo | Município de Porto de Mós
    Luís Figueiredo | Museu Damião de Góis e das Vítimas da Inquisição
    Margarida Moleiro | Museu Municipal Carlos Reis
    Raquel Janeirinho | Rede Museológica do Concelho de Peniche
    Vânia Carvalho | Museu de Leiria
  • The 13 Villages
    Alcanadas (Batalha) | Louriceira de Cima (Arruda dos Vinhos) | Ateanha (Ansião) | Cabeças (Alvaiázere) | Cercal (Cadaval) | Columbeira (Bombarral) | Fanhais (Nazaré) | Freixianda (Ourém) | Folgarosa (Torres Vedras) | Mosteiro (Pedrógão Grande) | São Bento (Porto de Mós) | Fetelaria (Sobral de Monte Agraço) | Pena e Casal da Pena (Torres Novas).
  • The 13 Museums
    Casa do Tempo (Castanheira de Pera) | Centro de Artes Caldas da Rainha | Centro de Estudos em Fotografia de Tomar | Rede de Museus e Galerias de Óbidos | Museu de Arte Popular Portuguesa (Pombal) | Museu da Lourinhã | Museu de Aguarela Roque Gameiro (Alcanena) | Museu de Leiria | Museu do Vidro (Marinha Grande) | Museu e Centro de Artes de Figueiró dos Vinhos | Museu Damião de Góis e das Vítimas da Inquisição (Alenquer) | Museu Raul da Bernarda (Alcobaça) | Rede Museológica do Concelho de Peniche.

    The project also had the collaboration of museums from the 26 participating municipalities.
  • SAMP Contigo | Coordination
    Raquel Gomes
  • Museu na Aldeia | Coordination
    Gabriela da Rocha
    Sofia Neves
  • Museu na Aldeia | Teams of the project
    • SAMP | Artistic team
      Bruno Homem | Musician
      Filipa Cunha | Music
      Inesa Markava | Artistic Director of Performances
      Jesus Kristen | Musician
      Raquel Gomes | Community Artist
      Ruben Santos | Musician
      Sofia Neves | Actress
    • SAMP | Technical team
      Ana Figueiredo | Communication and Content Manager
      Cátia Gaio | Logistic and Financial Support
      Gabriela da Rocha | Museologist
      Henrique Chaves | Sociologist
      Lara Matos | Graduate in Social Psychology
      Leonor Capricho | Graphic Designer
      Ismael Neves | Logistic and Financial Support
      Telma Pereira | Production
    • SAMP | Support team
      Cláudia Rodrigues | Financial, Innovation, and Project Management Department
      Gabriele Carvalho | Production, Communication, and Image Department
      Inês Ferreira | Administrative Services
      Joana Gonçalves | Production, Communication, and Image Department
    • Photography credits
      Equipa SAMP
      Gil de Lemos
    • Acknowledgements
      All the communities and museums that opened their doors to the project and the SAMP team in times of uncertainty.
      of uncertainty.
      Municipalities, parish councils, associations and collectivities and partners participating in the project.
      Members of the Museums Working Group, representing the museums of the 26 municipalities of the
      Rede Cultura 2027.
      To all those who believe that there are museums in villages and that there are villages in museums.


SAMP building headquarters in Pousos, Leiria, Portugal. Photo by Ricardo Graça

SAMP is an institution that has been celebrating people for more than 150 years, from the womb of their mothers to their last lap, always maintaining the ideal that “more important than putting musicians on stage, is putting music and art in people’s lives”.

SAMP – Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos – is a Public Utility Institution established in 1873. Its first chairman was the Baron of Viamonte, a prominent figure in national politics, belonging to the regenerative and progressive parties, and twice Civil Governor of the District of Leiria. With uninterrupted activity since its foundation, despite the crises caused by the World Wars and the emigrant streams, SAMP has played an important role at a regional level, and in some of its areas at a national and international level, either because of the significant number of professional artists who have emerged from it, or because of the innovation and quality of some of its programmes and projects.

Besides the Philharmonic Band, an historical body of the Institution, an Arts School with Official Music Teaching and various Choral and Instrumental Courses, SAMP develops – in partnership with various institutions and State bodies – a wide range of programmes in the areas of Training, Music Therapy and Expressive Therapies. From all SAMP’s activities, its Artistic Teaching project dedicated to early childhood should be emphasised, as it is a pioneer at a national level and a reference in some of its programmes, as well as the strong social intervention assumed by the various programmes it develops within the scope of the therapeutic effects of the Arts.


The Museum in the Village project is a collaborative initiative that relied on a constellation of partners and collaborators, more precisely museums, municipalities, parish councils, collectivities, associations and many others who contributed to creating synergies and ensuring the success of the project in a vast territory.

Cultural Promoter


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