The “Iberian Mask and Costume Museum” is situated in a rehabilitated building belonging the Town Council of Bragança.
It’s placed in a privileged area: city’s main road (D. Fernão o Bravo) that gives way to the Military Museum in Bragança (the second most visited at a national level). On the other hand and at a local level, it is situated in the city’s cultural route mainly constituted by two proposals: Cultural Hall, the future Modern Art Muesum, Abad Baçal’s Museum, Iberian Mask and Costume Museum, Military Museum.
Regarding its strategic situation, it is considered that the Iberian Mask and Costume Museum shall receive a high number of visitors. However, although it’s a pedagogic project, it’s in no way limited to the warm months of spring and winter.
The Iberian Mask and Costume Museum has two buildings separated by 50 meters, and have the following designation:
1. Iberian Mask and Costume Museum, with 3 floors:
- Floor 0: Dedicated to the Winter Festivities of Trás-os-Montes (Duero River’s region and Montesinho – Portugal)
- Floor 1: Winter Masquerades of Zamora’s Province (Spain)
- Floor 2: Carnival Festivities (Bragança, Lazarim / Zamora) and the Craftsmen Room
2. Mask and Costume Workshop
The Iberian Mask and Costume Museum isn’t a competitor to any national museum. It will always be intentionally complementary, as it intends to achieve all public through a simple, rigorous, genuine and immediate interpretation. Some will think of it as a simple decorated space, with thematic objects in an inherent philosophy of a mere “carnival folklore”.
In organizing the areas, as one can observe, there are four fundamental levels specifically directed to the public:
- General – Intelligible to foreign and Portuguese tourists with average level culture. The mask and costume topic will be disseminated through a simple, objective, immediate and quick reading, complemented with bilingual leaflets (Portuguese/Spanish and English / German), which shall later advertise the museum in the communities of the visitors.
- Erudite – Research and investigation area regarding the mask and costume theme, constituted by a mini-library, photographic and film archive and Internet consulting through the “Máscaras website”.
- Scholar – Pedagogic and artistic area for teachers and students of various educational levels.
Masked groups” – permanent area of all the masked groups, for meetings and cooperative events organization, certification and selling of products related to masks and “Mascarate” meetings, etc.