During a trip to London
in 1953 to watch the coronation ceremonies of Queen Elizabeth II, Senor Aquiles de Mota
Lima purchased two souvenir match boxes. The collection of over
50,000 match boxes includes examples from over 104 countries, containing more than 2.000.000 matches.
The collection, spread
over seven, barrel ceiling chambers of the Convent, is
divided into three time periods 1827-1895; 1895-1910 and 1910 to the
present day. Pride of place at the entrance though are the first two
commemorative boxes Snr Mota Lima acquired.
There are boxes shaped like light bulbs, hexagonal
boxes and another made out of silver. In addition there are
commemorative boxes from films, coronations and world events.
dos Fosforos opened in it's present location in 1980
when the collection was gifted to the people of
Tomar. Since then it has been an educational and popular
attraction. The museum is open daily between 10am and 5pm and entrance