Macau Natural and Agrarian Museum
Macau’s Natural and Agrarian Museum pays homage to farmer lifestyles and the rural way of life throughout Macau – an interesting visit for those who are used to busy urban areas.
The museum features five themed exhibitions devoted to the Geography of Macau, Farming Tools of the Islands in the Olden Days, the Lives of Farmers, Specimens of Animals, and Specimens of Plants. Also featured at this museum is a simulated mangrove swamp. Seeing the displays and exhibits of this interesting museum gives visitors a better picture of what old farming tools and farm life was like, as well as an insight into Macau’s poultry farming in the past. Exhibits include old agricultural tools that no longer see use today such as the water wheel, winnower and grain mill. Outside the facility is a lively statue portraying a farmer hard at work for his daily living.
There are many specimens of insects and plants featured here at the museum. Among them is a massive sweet potato measuring 1.4 meters long, which grew in Macau under special farming conditions. Another fine exhibit is a sea coconut seed from the Seychelles, the Coco de mer, which is claimed to be the largest seed specimen in the world.
Displaying primarily the household items and tools from farmer’s homes of days gone by, this museum extremely insightful to visitors from urban areas. It enriches the younger generations with knowledge of the lives of peasants and their deep and strong relationship with nature as well as their significance to city life as the source of food for civilizations. The museum aims to strengthen people’s appreciation for the importance of environmental protection and also their appreciation for agrarian life and the farms that feed the cities of today.
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