Museu do Transporte e Museu do Traje e Costumes (EN)
Santoinho Viana do Castelo
Transport Museum and Museum of Costume and Customs
The museums of the recently created Fundação Santoinho aim to preserve the vast estate of Antonio Cunha and to promote the traditions and culture of the minhotas.
This museum is due to the activity of António Cunha, founder of the AVIC company, in the public passenger transport sector, especially in the Minho region.
In the 50's he obtained the license nº1 in Portugal for transport in tourist rental and organized excursions in the first bus made by Salvador Caetano (on display). Vehicles are exposed from human to animal traction, as well as motorization (old touring and career coaches), demonstrating the great evolution in transport in the last two centuries.
Museum of Costume and Customs
The Museum of Costume and Customs, although very recent, has its origins still in the 70's of the 20th century. António Cunha, who was responsible for the creation of the Santoinho minhoto in 1972, has always considered ethnography a central pillar of our culture, collecting a large number of agricultural implements and acquiring an important collection of mini-suits in the 1970s.
The collection has remained intact for the last 40 years and is now one of the most significant in the country, both for the number of pieces and for its historical value. Through the creation of this museum is fulfilled the desire of António Cunha to share his collection with the community.