The Macao Museum
The Macao Museum is a cultural and historical museum enlisting a vast collection of objects of great historical value demonstrating the lives and cultures of the various communities which have lived in Macau for centuries. It is a collection boasting diversity of cultures combining in this region and stands as a monument erected to preserve these aspects of the culture that makes Macau so unique.
On the first floor guests will find a short and comparative presentation of the way western and Chinese civilizations were developed prior to the arrival of the Portuguese in the Pearl River Delta in the 16th century. The history of Macau, commercial activities, religions and cultures of two civilizations living in harmony are on display at this museum. As you ascend to the second floor, you will have to opportunity to experience different aspects of popular art and traditions in Macau’s history. This includes people’s daily lives, entertainment throughout the centuries, religious rites and ceremonies, and traditional festivities. On the Third floor you will find contemporary Macau as it is today, depicting the characteristic aspects of city life. The way Macau has been portrayed in literature and the arts is all prominently highlighted.
The Macau Museum is located in the Mount Fortress, built by the Jesuits in the early 17th century. For centuries, the Fortress was the city’s main militaristic defense against attacks against Macau by pirates. In 1965 the Fortress was converted into the Meteorological Services Center and later opened to the public to be observed. Built on the top of Mount Hill, the Mount Fortress offers a panoramic view of the city in all its glory. On it’s west end you will find the Ruin’s of St. Paul’s, another significant historical site of relevant to Macau’s history and one we strongly advise examining.
The Museum itself was opened to the public on April 18th, 1998, consisting of two underground levels and third story above the fortress’ top platform where the old Meteorological Services Center is housed. The architectural character and unique configurations have been retained and preserved to this day.
Address: 112 Praceta 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: MOP15, MOP8 for Children under 11, students and seniors of 60 or above. Free admission for Children under 5 and school visits. Free entry to the public on the 15th of each month.
Tel: +853 2835 7911
Fax: +853 2835 8503
Additonal Information: The Museum includes a shop, café, bar and the Mount Fortress garden.
Bus routes nearby: 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A
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