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Portuguese scientific and technological museums are not usually considered to be top museums. However, we believe they provide valuable perspectives on Portuguese scientific, technological, and industrial history. From the 1980's onwards a new generation of historians of science and technology, together with researchers in museology, have been working to preserve scientific and technical instruments, machines, natural collections, archives (including drawing and photographic archives), and industrial sites. Although they face serious funding issues, these museums and collections remain important tools for establishing public awareness of the importance of Portugal’s scientific, technical, and industrial heritage. This year the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) celebrates its 50th anniversary in Lisbon, providing SHOT members with a wonderful opportunity to come to Portugal and learn about our scientific and technological heritage through our museums.