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Why Macau Museum is special ?
The Museum of Macau is the biggest museum in Macau. It is located in the famous Monte Fortress, in the heart of the city and where the Portuguese first set foot.
Construction of the museum includes an exhibition building in Monte Fortress and an administration building to the north of fortress. It was begun in 1996 and completed and opened to the public on April 18th of 1998.
Different from other museums in Macau, which have only one specific theme, the Museum of Macau was built to show the face of different nationalities harmoniously living here together during the past centuries and preserve this visage from the aspect of tradition, custom and culture.
What to explore at Macau Museum?
The exhibition building is a three-floor structure, covering a total area of 2,800 square meters (around 30,139 square feet), among which 2,100 (about 22,604 square feet) are for exhibition of more than 3,000 exhibits and historical relics. The first and second floors are built below ground level of the Monte Fortress.
The exhibition is classified into different groups:
Original Civilization, 1st floor:
The origin of this region and its prosperity from the Neolithic period to the mid 17th century, which is known as the 'Golden Period' of Macau is introduced here.
Popular Art and Traditional Culture, 2nd floor:
Different cultural themes which make Macau's culture rich and unique are showcased here. These themes usually derive from the existing culture, such as traditional festivals, daily customs, traditional handicraft and typical professions.
Contemporary Macau, 3rd floor:
Here one sees the panorama of modern Macau. It also exhibits some works whose writers have been closely linked with Macau. The final part is an exhibition of the city's prospects and opportunities.
The administration building covers an area of 2,300 square meters (around 24,757 square feet), including administrative and technical offices, warehouse, restoration room, IT department, security center and lecture hall, etc. The gift shops and an open-air teahouse are also located here. Although the building is not within the Monte Fortress, visitors can reach it from the exhibition hall through a tunnel with escalators.
After visiting the museum, visitors may have a walk on walls of Monte Fortress, where one can overlook the whole city. Within the Monte Fortress, there is also an underground vault introducing its history permanently
How to get to Macau Museum?
Bus Route Take bus 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 and get off at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Then walk through Senado Square to Ruins of St. Paul's Church for ten minutes. The museum is just next to the ruins.
- Hidden Cultural Gem
- Great subterranean museum
- Museum Built On a Historic Site
- Real nice museum
- Great History Lesson
No. 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau
Tips for you
I have been to Macau many times. This is the first time i visited the Museum. It is next to St Paul's. The museum is not very well known. We asked direction from a traffic police - he has to radio-in as he does not know there it is. It is well worth a visit - a green and cultural oasis. The garden on the top floor is the highest point in Macau. Great view. The museum is so different from the usual Macau tourist sites - there is a map showing the sea routes from Portugal and other historical displays.
Visit the Macau Museum for an interesting look at the city's vibrant history and culture. It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays).
We decided to go to the museum after having visited a number of outdoor sites and while it was the perfect way to cool down (it was a pretty hot and humid day!), it was also a great way to learn more about their culture and about the city. There was a variety of displays, from dioramas, to actual rooms you can "peer" into, to small viewing areas where you can watch short documentaries. after going through all the exhibits (which we did - it was that interesting!), you exit to mount fortress which gives you a great view of the city (and a perfect venue for all the pictures you want to post on facebook!)
You will learn a not you could not imagine about Macao people: traditions, food, main occupations, hobbies, main industry, architecture and features of Portuguese influence.Lots of ancient things to see. Worth going!