Shared memories from the world of Chemistry at the University of Porto

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There is a special place in Porto that will crack open your attention: the refurbished Ferreira da Silva Laboratory at the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) opened doors on 6th April. There, you’ll find dozens of objects used by Ferreira da Silva, a famous Portuguese chemist and University teacher, who is said to be the father of forensic toxicology in our country.

The António Ferreira da Silva Laboratory-Museum, which was inaugurated in 1910, underwent refurbishing works that not only brought back its old facade, but also shine light on the history of chemistry in Portugal, by showcasing numerous scientific tools, bottles of chemical products, mineral samples, lab fittings and furniture. The lab-museum also provides an account of the life of António Ferreira da Silva, founder of the laboratory, former professor and director of the Faculty of Sciences pf the University of Porto and the “father” of forensic toxicology” in our country.

The laboratory can be visited at the Historic Building of the U.Porto, entrance through the south façade (Cordoaria), from Tuesdays to Friday, between 10 am and 1 pm, and between 2 pm and 6 pm (last entrance at 5.30 pm). Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, visiting times are between 10 am and 1 pm. Entrance is free, however limited to 10 people.

Those who cannot visit the place in-person, feel free to join in HERE.

Cultural spaces and gardens open at the University of Porto

As we emerge from this second lockdown, also nature seems to emerge from hibernation at the Porto Botanic Garden - The Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP), open for visits between 9 am and 7 pm. Other must visit places are the Fundação Arquiteto Marques da Silva, and its exhibition “Mais que Arquitetura” that has been extended until 30th April.

The Biodiversity Gallery - Living Science Centre of Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto, located at the Porto Botanical Garden, opened doors on 6th April, as has the Casa Comum at the Rectory building.

Safety measures

There are a set of rigorous Covid-19 preventive measures in place to ensure both visitors and staff are safe in the facilities and that activities are carried out in line with the health guidelines issued by the DGS, namely the mandatory use of face masks and limited space capacity.