There is no better introduction to Macau’s unique history and culture than visiting Macau Museums…

1The Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

Address: Largo do Pagode da Barra, 1
Opening hours: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last admission at 5:30 p.m.). Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission: 10 to 17: MOP5 (Monday to Saturday) and MOP3 (Sunday); 18 to 64: MOP10 (Monday to Saturday) and MOP5 (Sunday). Free admission: under 10, 65 or above.

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The Maritime Museum, situated on the spot where the first Portuguese explorers arrived in 1553 (near A-Ma temple), pays tribute to the sea’s crucial role in the city’s history. The museum’s three floors deal with the ethnography, history and technology of the sea, and exhibits include a whalebone replica of a dragon boat, a model of the seventeenth century city and a range of nautical instruments. Four large aquarium tanks depict the area’s diverse marine life, while the esplanade outside offers excellent views of the harbor.

2The Mandarin’s House

Mandarin House

Address: No 10, Travessa de António da Silva, Macau
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (No admission after 5.30 p.m., closed on Wednesdays, except public holidays)
Free Entrance

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The Mandarin’s House is a historic residential complex in Macau that was the residence of Zheng Guanying famed family. Zheng Guanying was one of the most important reformers and writers of late Qing dinasty, and was also important merchant based in Macau. This complex of houses, in which he wrote his masterpiece Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity, is the most magnificent example in the region of a traditional Guangdong family residence. Its sixty-odd rooms, grouped around a series of courtyards, fuse Chinese conventions with Western and Indian ornamentations.

3Museum of the Holy House of Mercy

Holy Mercy

Address: Senado Square
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (closed on Mondays and public holidays)
Admission Fee: MOP5; students and elderly people (over 65 years old): free.

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The establishment of the Macau Holy House of Mercy is tied up with the founding of the first local political institution, the Senate. “Confraternity and Fraternity of the Macau Holy House of Mercy”, as it was originally called, was created shortly after Macau was founded, in 1583. Standing on the Largo de Senado, the main square of Macau’s historic centre, the UNESCO-listed Santa Casa Di Misericordia is an extravagant baroque edifice that looks more akin to a palace than a former orphanage. Adjacent to the Building is the museum of Holy displaying catholic artefacts to the history of the House but to Macao itself. Don’t miss its balcony with an outstanding views of Senado Square

4St. Dominic Sacred Art Museum

St Dominic Sacred Art Museum

Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Admission

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When visiting St. Dominic’s Church in the historic city centre of Macau, you will find a small museum, made up of several floors each with two rooms only, attached to the actual church. When the Religious Orders were abolished in Portugal in 1834, the museum received many articles of sacred art that are now presently displayed. This is known as the Treasure of Sacred Art Museum which features over 300 Macanese Catholic artifacts, mostly from the 19th and 20th century for you to see with some pieces dating back to the 17th century. There are many wooden figures on display here that are interesting to see. The rich collection includes gold objects, statues, richly ornamented canonicals, religious paintings and other liturgical vessels.

5The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt

Sacred Art Museum

Address: Ruins of St. Paul’s
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm (No admittance after 5:30 pm), Closed at 2 pm on Tuesdays
Free Entrance

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The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt is located inside grounds of the Ruins of St. Paul. The museum has preserved sacred art pieces of great historical value from the colony’s Catholic history such as silver liturgical objects and intricately carved crucifixes. The adjacent crypt houses the bones of Vietnamese and Japanese martyrs, and a granite tomb thought to belong to Father Alexander Valignano, the Italian missionary who founded both the cathedral and its attached college.

6The Macau Museum

Macau Museum

Address: 112 Praçeta do Museu de Macau (Mount Fortress)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission until 5:30 p.m.). Closed on Mondays.
Admission: Adults – MOP15; student card holders – MOP8; Macao ID cardholders, children of 12 years old or under, seniors of 65 years old or above and schools and non-profit associations (application submitted 7 working days in advance): Free. Free entry to the public on Tuesdays and the 15th of each month.

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The Macau Museum is located in the Mount Fortress adjacent to the Ruins of St. Paul’s, which was built by the Jesuits in the early 17th century. The Fortress was the city’s principal military defense for almost three centuries. The Macau Museum is a space dedicated to the history and culture of Macau, possessed of a vast number of objects of historical and cultural value, illustrating and documenting the way of life of the various communities that have inhabited the city for centuries.

7Lin Zexu Memorial Museum of Macau

Museo de Lin Zexu Memorial

Address: Av. Almirante Lacerda, near the Canidrome Dog Race Compound and at the foot of the Mong Ha Hill.
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed on Monday and mandatory holidays)
Tickets: MOP5, under 8 and over 65: MOP3.

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This small museum is located near the Lin Fong Temple and commemorates the visit of the imperial commissioner Lin Zexu to Macau in 1839. The aim of the visit was to ensure both the prohibition of the opium trade in the Territory administered by the Portuguese authorities and the Portuguese neutrality in the differences that opposed Great Britain to China and, which would lead to the Opium War. This war would result in the opening of a number of Chinese ports to the international commerce and to the cession of Hong Kong Island to the British. This museum has a photographic display bearing witness to that highly tense period in the history of China.

8Tap Seac Gallery

Tap Seac

Source: Cultural Institute
Address: Av. Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, No. 95, Macau
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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It is situated in a noble colonial mansion building from 1920s, designed with Moorish arched doors colored in red and yellow. The Tap Seac Gallery hosts several major visual arts exhibitions and promotes a series of varied cultural events through the year. The gallery is also home to the annual Macau Visual Arts Exhibition, which every summer displays the work of around sixty local artists chosen by an expert panel.

9Macau Tea Culture House

Tea Culture House

Address: Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, Macau
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, open on public holidays)
Free Admission

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Adjacent to Lou Li Mioc garden, the tea Culture House offers visitors the unique opportunity to submerge themselves in the abundance of cultural heritage related to tea. For centuries Macau was the primary entrepôt and an important gateway by which Chinese tea culture spread to the World. Portuguese have played a significant role in Chinese tea trade to expand into the western world – moving beyond Europe and the Americas. It is said that Portuguese Queen Catherine de Bragança introduced tea to Britain in 1622. The displays here recount both the history of this trade and the Chinese traditions of tea drinking, alongside displays of antique teapots and cups.

10Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial House

Dr Sun Yat Sen Museum

Address: Av. Sidónio Pais (opposite the police station)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Free Admission

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This House is preserved to pay homage to the stay of Dr. Sun Yat Sen and his family in Macau. Dr. Sun was the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. He was the mentor and driving force of the Chinese republican revolution, which overthrow the regime of the Qing Dynasty. The House witnesses his stay in Macau in the late 19th century while him and his family escaped from the power of the imperial mandarins. It was destroyed by an explosion nearby in 1930 and rebuilt again in Islamic and Rococo style. It’s reserved as a memorial complex in commemoration of the “Father of the Nation”. Some relics of Dr. Sun and photos of revolutionary martyrs can be seen in the House.

11Macau Museum of Communications

Macau Museum of Communications

Address: Estrada de D.Maria II, no.7, Macao SAR
Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 17:30, and it closes on public holidays.
Admission: Adults – MOP10 / Students of Macao, local residents under 18 years old, International Student Identity Card (ISIC) holders – MOP5 / Groups of 3 to 9 visitors – MOP8 per person / Groups of 10 or above – MOP7 per person / Free Entrance for children under 3 years old or Senior of 65 years old or above (local residents).

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The Macau Museum of Communications is a educational and family friendly attraction to spend a couple hours, especially for those visiting Macau with families. The Communications Museum displays experimental and interactive features related to culture, science and technology. On the first floor of the building, the Communications Museum presents exhibitions dedicated to Post and Philately, integrating artifacts and equipment related to the evolution of the systems and techniques used in long distance communications. The telecommunications Area occupies the second and the third floor of the Museum. Visitors have access to several interactive displays related to electromagnetic, electrostatic, direct current, alternate current, telegraph, telephone, broadcasting, information processing as well as analog and digital electronics.

12The Macau Grand Prix Museum

Grand Prix Museum

Address: Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes, 431, basement (Tourism Activities Centre-CAT)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Free Admission

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This museum is a must even if you are not a motor racing fan. The Macau Grand Prix Museum houses all of the race cars that have won the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, which is known as one of the most challenging circuits in the world. You are also provided with an audio guide in different languages. Past winners of the race include Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. The museum shows lots of different types of race cars in different decades and displays a lot of information such as the racing suits, trophy and the biography of legendary drivers. It also introduces the Guia circuit about their Straight Street and tight corners. Besides detailed exhibitions of the racers and their cars, the museum has multiple simulators that allow guests to try their hand at driving the course, or let them see what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat during the race. if you love Grand Prix, it will be even more awesome.

13Wine Museum

Wine Museum

Address: Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes 431, basement (Tourism Activities Centre-CAT).
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Free Entrance

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The museum uses maps, texts, photos, tiles and videos to relate the history of wine. The aim of each section is not only to provide information regarding wine and grapevines, but also to recreate the atmosphere of the production of wine, showing the visitor the modern and traditional tools connected to wine production. The space houses around, 1143 different wine brands and in exposition (1115 Portuguese and 28 Chinese). All varieties are accompanied by a short explanation. There is also a set of mannequins wearing the various regional costumes from the different regions of Portugal.

14The Macau Museum of Art (MAM)

MAM

Address: Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, s/n, Nape, Macau
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., last admission until 6:30 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Admission:  Free admission

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Located next to the Cultural Center, The Macau Museum of Art is the only contemporary modern art museum in Macau and provides a major space dedicated to visual arts. The Museum is the largest museum displaying historical and contemporary arts in Macau, where runs over 20 exhibitions throughout the year. The MAM is a five-storied building with different types of exhibition areas: the Gallery of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy and the Gallery of Chinese Ceramics are located on the 4th floor; the historical pictures and Macau contemporary art works are displayed on the 3rd floor; a large special exhibition room is on the 2nd floor and several exhibition areas are on the 1st floor and the ground floor. There are a number of permanent exhibitions (including historic landscapes and historic photograph) that are useful for placing what you’ve visited in context. The MAM organizes various exhibitions in collaboration with international museums and organizations from various countries worldwide.

15Macau Science Center

Macau Science Center

Address: Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macao Science Center
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Tickets are only available up to 5.30 p.m., closed on Thursdays and Lunar New Year’s Eve, open on Public Holidays)
Tickets: Exhibition Galleries – MOP25
Planetarium (2D Dome /2D Sky Shows) – MOP60
Planetarium (3D Dome /3D Sky Shows) – MOP80
Free admission for children under 2 years old

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Shiny silver space-age structure situated along the Macau foreshore near Fisherman’s Wharf. Families and children can visit fourteen interactive galleries arranged in spiral. The Center also generates 3D effects via a high definition 3D projection system in the Space Theatre of the Planetarium, the first digital system to be simultaneously equipped with ultra-high definition and 3D visual effects in the world – all designed to give visitors an entertaining yet educational insight into the fascinating world of science. The harbour views from the top of the centre are also another good reason for venturing down to the Outer Harbour foreshore.

Taipa – Cotai

Museums Taipa

16Taipa Houses Museum

Taipa Houses

Address: Avenida da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa, Macau
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission until 5:30 p.m.). Closed on Mondays.
Tickets Price: Free admission

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The Taipa Houses-Museum, which includes five typical green houses with Macanese architectural characteristics, is considered one of the Portuguese cultural relics and heritages of the Island. The “Macanese House” was built in 1921, which had been the residences for high superior civil servants and Macanese families. It reminds visitors a period of Portuguese splendor that was characterized by frequent affluence of the British, Manchu, Mandarins and traders in this tiny territory. At the Beach Avenue, formerly known as the Hope Beach Avenue, nowadays the House of the Islands is accommodating a exquisite collection of stylish colonial concept than that it is the collective memory records of those times. They are situated in calm and nice green area with charming view over Cotai.