Capelinhos Interpretive Center

Inaugurated in August 2008, this Interpretation Center takes us back to 1957, a year that marked the history of world volcanology forever, when on September 27 a new volcano was born in the sea, the Capelinhos volcano.

The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center (CIVC) is informative, didactic and scientific, with a series of exhibitions, with special emphasis on the eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano and the formation of the Azores archipelago, but also in the various types of volcanic activity in the world and the history of Azorean lighthouses. It was nominated by the European Museum Forum, to be the best museum in Europe in the year 2012.

The building is buried, so as not to interfere with the pre-existing landscape, allowing to enjoy this recent volcanic landscape originated by the eruption of 1957/58. In addition to a set of exhibitions, the Center has an auditorium and a temporary exhibition of samples of rocks and minerals. At the end of the visit, go up to the Lighthouse, where you can enjoy this unique landscape.


  • Guided Tour
  • Self-guided tour guide
  • Braille tour circuit
  • Permanent exhibition
  • Temporary Exhibition
  • Auditorium
  • Film projection / documentary
  • Children area
  • Wheelchair
  • Ticket Office
  • Store
  • Cafeteria
  • ATM / VISA
  • Comfort
  • WC – mobility
  • Parking lot


1st October to 31th May

  • Tuesday to Friday: 10h00 – 17h00 (*)
  • Saturdays | Sundays | holidays: 14h00 – 17h30 (*)
  • Closed: Mondays | 1st January | Tuesday Carnival | Sunday Easter | 24th, 25th and 31th December 

Guided tours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday: 11h00 | 15h00
  • Saturdays | Sundays | holidays: 14h30 | 16h00

1st June to 30th September

Every day: 10h00 – 18h00 (*)

Guided tours:

11h00 | 13h00 | 15h00 | 16h30

Duration of visit: 60 minutos
Maximum number of people per visit: 30
Prior booking is recommended.

(*) Last entry for the Interpretive Exhibition 30 minutes before closing
The managing body reserves the right to close the establishment, according to the weather conditions.


  • Full Ticket: 10€
  • Family Ticket (2 adults with children under 17): 17€
  • Interpretive Exhibition: 6€
  • Temporary Exhibition: 3€
  • Stereoscopic Film: 3€
  • Ascent to the Lighthouse: 1€


    • Child (up to 12 years old): free
    • Junior (13 to 17 years): 50%
    • Senior (+ 65 years): 50%
    • “Cartão Jovem”, “Interjovem” and student card: free
    • Single Ticket Faial
      • Adult: 15€
      • Family: 25€
      • Junior: 7,50€
      • Senior: 7,50€
      • “Cartão Jovem”, “Interjovem” and student card: free
      • Children up to 12 years of age must be accompanied by.


Address: Farol dos Capelinhos, 9900 Horta
Tel: (+351) 292 200 470

How to get there

  • Located in the parish of Capelo, about 25 km from the center of the city of Horta (about 30 minutes by car).
  • Leaving the city of Horta in the west direction, follow the Regional Road, passing through the parishes of Feteira and Castelo Branco.
  • When you reach the parish of Capelo, continue along the Regional Road. After passing the entrance of Parque do Capelo (Natural Park Reserve of Capelo Park) on the right, you will find a junction where you should turn left, following the road signposted “Capelinhos Volcano”. After about 4 km you will find the access road to the Volcano on the left, where the Center is located.

GPS Coordinates

  • 38º35’48,791” N | 28°49’36,169” O

Source: Governo Regional dosores


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