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Museum - Peter Café Sport

Scrimshaw Museum

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Peter’s Scrimshaw Museum was opened in 1986, becoming a must-visit for everyone seeking to learn about the true history of Faial. Its importance is widely recognized as it preserves, through the pieces on display, the testimony and memory of this great adventure that was the whaling, mainly in the islands of Faial and Pico.

One of the largest and most beautiful collections in the world of Scrimshaw is still exhibited: the ancient art achieved through the process of engraving and carving on the teeth and bones of sperm whales caught on the high seas. This practice was born aboard the New England whales and was perfected by the Azores. The best-performing pieces were saved, cherished and handed down from generation to generation by the Peter family until they reached our museum.

What can we find at our museum?

SCRIMSHAW 01

In our museum we count with one of the largest and most beautiful collections of Scrimshaw in the world – the ancient art of engraving illustrations on the ivory of sperm whales’ teeth.

02 PHOTOS

The history of the island by the lenses of those who lived close by. We did the photographic record of some of the most striking episodes of Faial – including the appearance of Neptune on a stormy day.

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The history of the island by the lenses of those who lived close by. We did the photographic record of some of the most striking episodes of Faial – including the appearance of Neptune on a stormy day.

04 TESTIMONIES

We have carefully kept the words and memories of those who have spoken to us since we opened our house – delivered by close friends or by the national and international press.

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Telephone
+351 292 292 327

Address
Rua José Azevedo (Peter), Nº 9
Horta, Portugal