Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum

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Coordinates: 8°33′20.1″N 125°34′39.2″E / 8.555583°N 125.577556°E / 8.555583; 125.577556

Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum
Resisência Timorense Arquivo e Museu
Rampa entrada AMRT1.jpg
Former name
Portuguese Timor Court of Justice
Established7 December 2005
LocationDili, East Timor
ArchitectTânia Bettencourt Correia

The Timorese Resistance Archive and Museum (Portuguese: Arquivo e Museu da Resistência Timorense) is a museum in Dili, East Timor about the struggle for independence from Indonesia.


The museum was opened on 7 December 2005.[1] The inauguration ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmão.[2]


The museum is housed in the former Portuguese Timor court of justice building which was burnt down during the 1999 East Timorese crisis.[1] The building spans over an area of 1,325 m2 with a 1,165 m2 courtyard. The architect for the renovation of the building was Tânia Bettencourt Correia.[3]

Permanent exhibit[edit]

The main space of the AMRT is occupied by an exhibit entitled "To Resist is to Win," depicting the history of Timorese armed and clandestine resistance to Indonesian military rule. It aims to make the history of the resistance struggle better known, evoking its main moments and protagonists, using modern museological trends and, whenever possible, audio-visual sources.[4] The exhibit is captioned in Tetum, Portuguese and English.

The museum also houses temporary exhibits on aspects of resistance movement history.

Resistance Archives[edit]

The AMRT stores a variety of textual, photographic and audio-visual materials on site. Some of these holdings have been nominated for the UNESCO Memory of the World register.[5]

In 2013, the Mario Soares Foundation developed an online portal sharing much of this archival material.[6] As a result, the AMRT has the country's largest online archive.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Timorese Resistance Archive & Museum". Timor-Leste [Memória]. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Inauguration of the Archives & Museum of the East-Timorese Resistance". Timor-Leste [Memória]. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Rehabilitation Projects". Timor-Leste [Memória]. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ AMRT (2011). Carta de Princípios do Arquivo & Museu da Resistência Timorense. Arkiu & Timorese Rezistensia Museum (August 30, 2011). «Charter of Principles of the Timorese Resistance Archive & Museum» . Consulted on January 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Timor-Leste prepares for a national register of Memory of the World". UNESCO. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Activities". Mario Soares Foundation. 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Clearing House for Archival Records on Timor (CHART). "Resistance Archive & Museum: New database access".

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