Like most Portuguese museums, it suffers from the current budget cuts – but what a building it is. A former palace of justice and a prison, and further proof of how old buildings and contemporary art and photography can complement each other. We met the director, who explained the current situation of the state institutions, and that they depend on a rather centralized administration (sounds familiar, like in Spain and France, and a lot of other European cultural institutions). The museum was well visited by many young people while we were there. Besides at least three ongoing changing exhibitions, it also hosts the Portuguese Camera Museum and a library with photo books – most likely the most comprehensive library in Portugal.