Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre


The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre (CIVC) has an informative, educational and scientific mission, having for that purpose, a set of exhibitions with special emphasis on Capelinhos Volcano eruption and the formation of the archipelago, but also the various kinds of volcanic activity in the world and the history of Azorean lighthouses.

It was appointed by the European Museum Forum, for best European museum in 2012.

This building was constructed underground, so it wouldn’t interfere with the pre-existing landscape, allowing you to fully enjoy this recent volcanic landscape originated by the eruption of 1957/58. Besides the exhibitions, the Centre has an auditorium and a temporary exhibition of rock and mineral samples.

At the end of the visit, go up the Lighthouse where you can appreciate this unique landscape.



Guided tour; Self-Guided brochure; Braille circuit; Permanent exhibition; Temporary exhibition; Auditorium; Film/documentary Projection; Children play area; Wheelchair; Ticket Office; Souvenir shop; Cafeteria; ATM/VISA payment; Baby changer; Accessible Toilet; Parking lot.


Opening times

01 October to 31 May

Tuesday to Friday > 10h00 - 17h00*

Saturdays | Sundays | Holidays > 14h00 - 17h30*

Closed > Mondays | 1 January | Mardi Gras | 24, 25 and 31 December 

Guided visits: 

Tuesday to Friday > 11h00 | 15h00

Saturdays | Sundays | Holidays > 14h30 | 16h00


01 June to 30 September

Every day > 10h00 - 18h00*

Guided visits: 11h00 | 13h00 | 15h00 | 16h30


Visit duration: 60 minutes 

Maximum number of people per visit: 30

Previous reservation is recommended


*Last admission to the Interpretive Exhibition 30 minutes before closure


The management company reserves the right to close the establishment, according to the weather conditions.



Ticket: 10€

Family Ticket (2 adults with children up to 17 years old): 17€

Interpretive Exhibition: 6€

Temporary Exhibition: 3€

Stereoscopic Film: 3€

Ascent to the Lighthouse: 1€



Children (up to 12 years old): free

Junior (13 to 17 years old): 5€

Senior (+ 65 years old): 5€ 

Youth, Interjovem Card and Student cardholders: free


Faial All-in-one Ticket

Adult: 15€

Family: 25€

Junior: 7,50€

Senior: 7,50€

Youth, Interjovem and Student cardholders: free


Children up to 12 years old need adult supervision.



Adress: Farol dos Capelinhos, 9900 Horta

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Phone: (+351) 292 200 470


Getting there

Located in Capelo parish, about 25 km Horta city’s center (about 30 minutes by car).

Leaving from Horta city towards west, follow the Regional Road and pass by the parishes of Feteira and Castelo Branco. Arriving at Capelo parish, keep going on the Regional Road. After passing the entrance to Parque do Capelo (Capelo Forest Park) on the right, you will find an intersection where you should turn left, following the road signs indicating "Vulcão dos Capelinhos". After about 4 km, you will find on your left, the access road to the volcano, where the Centre is located.


GPS Coordinates  
38o35'48,791'' N | 28º49'36,169'' W