Museu Tabaco da Maia
Tobacco Museum in Maia
In the parish of Maia, in the north of the island of São Miguel, east of the municipality of Ribeira Grande, is the Museu do Tabaco da Maia, a scientific — cultural body of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Divino Espírito Santo da Maia, the only museum in Europe dedicated to the research and dissemination of the tobacco agro-industrial, from a perspective of social and local development.
The Museu do Tabaco da Maia, in addition to contributing to preserve the historical and social memory of tobacco culture in the parish of Maia, aims essentially to integrate the resources of this heritage into a global project that contributes to the socio-economic development of the parishes of the Eastern Zone of the Municipality of Ribeira Grande (Porto Formoso, S. Brás, Maia, Lomba da Maia, Fenais D'Ajuda and Lomba de São Pedro).
The Museu do Tabaco da Maia long-term exhibition includes 5 spaces: weighing and pressing room, direct heat dryer, indirect heat dryer, bridge-balm and tobacco plantations. We also find a small tearoom, where the visitor can taste our delicious liqueurs, taste the already known tea area or simply sit back and enjoy the surroundings.
The Museu do Tabaco da Maia has a small auditorium — “Hermano Mota auditorium”- which is also used as a temporary exhibition hall and a library.