House of Fossils // Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre


We are ready to welcome you, temporarily in these opening times!

Every day > 10h00 - 13h00 | 13h30 - 17h00


The Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre (CIADP) resulted from the reconstruction of an old historic building in Vila do Porto.

This Centre houses the collections of the naturalist Dalberto Pombo, true pioneer in the study of the geological and biological diversity of Santa Maria and aims to promote the natural heritage in a dynamic and interactive way, with educational and scientific approach.

To know more about the marine fossils, unique in Azores and of international importance, it was created a new space in the Centre, the House of Fossils.

At the Centre, visitors have the opportunity to establish direct contact with real stuffed animals, such as butterflies and beetles of the Azores and of the world, migratory birds with stops on the island, and learn about the journey of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

In the House of Fossils, there is a 3D video about the geologic formation of the island with focus on the paleontological richness importance in the international context. It also gives the opportunity to learn about some of the world prestigious investigators on the areas of geology, palaeontology, biogeography and stratigraphy. This space also has an educational game where the visitors have the experience to be palaeontologists.

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Guided tour; Self-Guided brochure; Permanent exhibition; Auditorium; Film/documentary projection; Ticket office; Gift shop; Accessible toilet.


Opening times 


Tuesday to Saturday | Holidays > 10h00 - 13h00 | 13h30 - 17h00

Closed > Sundays | Mondays | 1 January | Mardi Gras | Easter Sunday | 25 December



Every day > 10h00 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 18h00

Closed > Easter Sunday


Guided tours: by appointment with a minimum of 48 hours in advance

Tour duration: 45 to 60 minutes

Number of people per tour: 4 - 15


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



Child (0 - 6 years old): Free

Junior (7 - 14 years old): 2,00 €

Adult (15 - 64 years old): 4,00 €

Senior (+ 65 years old): 2,00 €

Family (2 adults and children up to 14 years of age): 8,00 €

Resident of the Azores*: Free


*Upon presentation of the Citizen Card.

Children up to 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.



Address: Rua Teófilo Braga N º 10/12/14, 9580-535 Vila do Porto

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Phone: (+351) 296 206 798


Getting there

Leaving from the Cais da Vila (pier), follow the signs towards Vila do Porto, coursing the main road. After about 930m you will find the Matriz da Vila do Porto church on your right, go straight ahead about 120m and on the Teófilo Braga Street the CIADP is on your left.


GPS Coordinates

36°57'4,06'' N | 25º8'38,05 W