Museu da Água: A Tribute to Lisbon’s Water Heritage
The Museu da Água (Water Museum) is a unique museum located in Lisbon, Portugal. Housed in the former steam pumping station of Barbadinhos, built in 1880, the museum is a testament to Lisbon’s water heritage. The 19th-century industrial building is home to four large steam engines dating from 1880, one of which has been reconditioned as a working demonstration. These pumps were in operation until 1928.
The museum also features portions of Lisbon’s 1746 aqueduct, providing a glimpse into the city’s historical water management system. The aqueduct stands as a symbol of the city’s engineering prowess and its commitment to providing clean water to its inhabitants.
In 1990, the Museu da Água received the Council of Europe Museum Prize, a testament to its contribution to preserving and showcasing Europe’s cultural heritage. The museum continues to educate visitors about the importance of water management and its role in the development of Lisbon.