Maritime Museum of Ílhavo reached its record of visitors in 2013
The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo (MMI) closed the year 2013 with the highest number of visitors in its history: 77,111. This number replaces the MMI among the ten most visited museums in the country and confirms it as one of the local museums that attract more public in Portugal.
During the last decade, the MMI reached a growth level compatible with the investment made by the municipality of Ílhavo in 2001. This investment was the expansion and remodeling of the building, the opening of the ship museum Santo André and the redefinition of the identity of the Museum, which assumed itself as maritime museum.
In 2012 and 2013, the MMI met new growth and qualification projects that have materialized with the opening of the CIEMar-Ílhavo and the Codfish Aquarium. The expansion project of the Museum, with the aquarium and stocks building was distinguished in 2013 as the best work of public architecture in Portugal.
In terms of management, during this new lifecycle the MMI has been marked by the challenge of internal integration of its new areas, with the goals of broadening public and increasing levels of self-financing.
These purposes have been clearly achieved: in 2013, the MMI recorded a growth of public of 68.6% over the period between 2002 and 2012. Also registered an unprecedented level of self-financing as the programming expense was practically supported by itself.
Culturally, this new cycle of the MMI privileges the raising and strengthening of partnerships in Portugal and abroad, development of identity ties with the local community and a range of more contemporary programming and very participative in the current dynamics of strengthening relationship of Portugal with the sea.