The new Macau museum is located inside the fort, close to São Paulo ruins. The historic area around the ruins is the best place to see and to buy art and historic crafts, even inside some classified buildings.
Macau Museum is a must-visit place in Macau. This would be a great place to start your Macau visits. It is just next to historical site of ruins of the Church of St Paul. There are 3 levels of the permanent exhibitions:
1st Level: It exhibits the early history of Macao and the development of it cultures which influenced by the commercial activities between the Chinese and the Portuguese. The mixture of cultures and religions between the Chinese and Portuguese has created unique Macau society today.
2nd Level: It exhibits various aspects of traditions and folk art of Macao, plus several religions ceremonies and festivals held in Macau.
3rd Level: The recent and modern development of Macau today. It covers literature, urban development and plan for the future.
Outside the Museum, you can have a good views of Macau.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Sunday; closed on Monday.
Located at the top of a fort built by the Jesuits in 1626, the Macau Museum overlooks the city center (and not incidentally, is close to the cathedral ruins, and the Lago de Senado, for those of you who want ot pack in the historical part of Macau in a day)
The Museum exhibits gives a fascinating look at the Portuguese and Chinese history of Macau along with many artifacts of life, including clothes, architecture, furniture, food, and stories about the many times Macau was attacked by various nations.
Also, as of December 2002, there was an exhibit on the symbols of China: the national anthem, emblem, and the flag. Pretty intersting,as it included some of the other designs that had been submitted for the flag and why they chose the one they now have.
Note to museum shoppers: there is a little gift shop that has a few good postcards, a great little paper doll book with Macau wedding costumes, and your usual sundries.
Macao Museum of Art situated besides the Macao Cultural Centre. The Macao Museum of Art is a five-storied building,there're five exhibition rooms and two exhibition areas.
1st and ground floor : several exhibition areas
2nd floor : Special exhibition room
3rd floor : The early Western paintings and Macao art works
4th floor : The Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Room and China Ceramics Room
Open : 10:00 – 19:00, no admittance after 18:30, closed on Mondays
Admission: Adult: MOP5.00 /free on Sundays
There are a lot of Museums in Macau to go to, there are the usual art and cultural museums, but there are also themed museums such as The Macau Grand Prix Museum and The Wine Museum. All have interesting things to offer tourists.
The museum located inside the ancient fortification where built by the Jesuit Fathers in 1626, on the peak of the Monte Hill. The Museum of Macao opened on the 18 April 1998. Its total area is 2,800 meters square from which around 2,100 meters square is exhibition space. The museum separated to 3 floor with 3 main topics : Genesis of Macao Region (floor 1). Popular Arts and Traditions in Macao (floor 2) and Contemporary Macao (floor 3).
Open : Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., closed on Monday
Admission fee : Mop 15.00 for adults, Mop 8.00 for children under 11. Free entry on the 15th of each month.
The Macau Museum is located in the Mount Fortress, which was built by the Jesuits in 1626. The museum was opened on the 18th April 1998 and consists of two underground levels and a third one above the fortress' top platform. The first floor details Macau's origins with the first encounters of the west, international trade, cultural exchange and religions. The second level charts the crafts and traditions of Macau with mock buildings detailing various festivals and celebrations, Chinese opera, puppets and medicine and marriage ceremonies. The third level charts the urban development with videos and galleries. More photos’ can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun. Closed Mondays. Admission: MOP$15.
Macau is not so big, so you have not enough time, stay 1 night in Macau is also enough as its transportation is very convenience.
There are several museums in Macau to let you get more understanding of Macau's culture:
1. Macau Museum - its aim is to preserve the cultural traditions, usages and habits; entrance fee: MOP15
2. Maritime Museum - Near A-Ma Temple; entrance fee: MOP10
3. Wine Museum - entrance fee: MOP15 (including wine tasting)
4. Grand Prix Museum - MOP10 entrance fee
5. Macau Museum of Art - MOP5
6. Handover Gifts Museum of Macau
7. Taipa Houses - Museum - MOP5
At the cost of MOP$25 for adults and MOP$12 for children under 18 years old and senior over 60 years old, visitors can buy a Museum Pass, which entitles to one free entry, within a period of 5 days to each of the following museums: Grand Prix Museum, Wine Museum, Maritime Museum, Lin Zexu Museum, Museum of Art and Museum of Macau.
Museum Pass may be purchased at above Museums
You can take a look of the following Macau Tourism Board website, there is much info which could help you to plan the route.
For such a small place, Macau has a surprisingly nice art museum. During my visit there was a fantastic Picasso and Miro exhibit, along with a very nice permanent collection of Chinese traditional art and a paintings from Western artists who visited Macau, and various other interesting and tastefully exhibited works along the four floors. If you like art you can make a morning or afternoon out of it, as there's a cafe, internet access, and several small restaurants outside.
One of the best attractions in Macau, displaying an interesting exhibition of the colonial history, illustrating the life in the colonial and current Macau, also comparing the Western and Chinese influences to the establishment of its society.
Best thing for us: audio guides also available in Portuguese... hehehe...
The museum is well worth a visit to spend a couple of hours to get to know Macau's history and see how Chinese culture fused with Portuguese colonial heritage to become a Macanese identity.
There are 3 storeys. The first storey concentrated on the history of Macau from the dawn of human civilisation to is colonisation by Portugal. The second storey is about trade with Portugal and the various aspects of Chinese culture. The 3rd storey concentrates on modern Macanese history and of course, the return of Macau to the "Motherland" China.
Entry fee: 15 patacas for adults, 8 patacas for children under 12, senior citizens over 60 and students. Free entry on the 15th of each month and on International Museum Day.
This museum was great, not because it was huge, but because it was efficient. It tells about Macao, not the whole world like the Hong Kong musuem tried to do.
I was particularly facinated with an exhibit showing how the words for tea came about around the world all originating around southern China.
Signs were in English.
Set in the heart of the city, this museum reflects a great deal on the history of the city. It has many cultural exhibits as well as artifacts. You will see evidence of both the Portugeuse influence as well as the Oriental influence here. It is worth the tour. On the grounds of the museum, there are the fortress walls which command an excellent view of the city. The ruins of St. Paul church are a short walk away.
The Macau Museum was inaugurated on 18th of April, 1998. Its aim is to preserve the cultural traditions, usages and habits, which specifically belong to Macau, in a place where East, and West have so peculiarly learnt how to meet and to live side by side along the centuries.
Located at the Monte Fort and facing St.Paul's Ruins (the entrance is made by this side), the Museum also occupies the ancient Fortress, which, dominating the Inner Harbour, was built by the Jesuits at the beginning of the 17th century. Next to the fortress was the famous St.Paul's College also called the College of the Mother of God (considered as the first Western-type University in the Far East). The college was connected to the church bearing the same name and whose facade remains to be admired by all.
Although the Museum does not possess a collection of a high monetary value, it includes a vast number of objects of a great historical value which have been carefully chosen and are appealingly exhibited. It is the wish of this museum to be able to show the way of life of the several communities, which have inhabited the city for ages.
The Museu de Macau is a wonderful museum, that gives you a lot of insight into the history of Macao. It is divided into three sections:
-Genesis of Macao Region (floor 1)
-Popular Arts and Traditions in Macao (floor 2)
-Contemporary Macao (floor 3)
After a visit to the museum, do enjoy the area around the Fortress with those unique views over the city of Macao.