During a ceremony held in the Palais de Rohan (Strasbourg, France) on April 27th, 2010, Mevlüt Çavusoglu awarded the Museum of Portimão (Algarve, Portugal) with the Council of Europe Museum Prize 2010: a bronze statuette, “La femme aux beaux seins” by Joan Miró, which the museum will keep for a year, as well as a diploma and a cheque for 5,000 euros.
The museum was represented by its director, José Gameiro and by the Municipal Councillor for the cultural affairs in Portimão, Isabel Bica.
Located in a region of mass tourism, the Museum of Portimão offers an eductional programme to benefit the local community and has contributed since its foundation to the awareness of the cultural identity of the region.
Housed in former sardine canning factory on the estuary of the Arade river, its permanent exhibition, with particular relevance on the sardine canning industry, has reestablished Portimão's historical and cultural heritage.
The museum holds an extensive collection of items recovered from the Arade river during underwater archealogical projects, some of them belonging to civilizations dating back over three millenia.
The interaction between the man and the environment over a period of five millenia is also present in its perment exhibition.
Annually awarded since 1977 to museums that have significantly contributed to the understanding of European cultural heritage, the Council of Europe Museum Prize is determined by the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the basis of a shortlist submited by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.
The prize, which is accessible to the museums of the 49 countries of the European Cultural Convention has been recently attributed to the Zeeuws Museum in The Netherlands (2009), the Norway’s Svalbard Museum (2008) and to the Geneva’s International Museum of the Reformation (2007).