Macau has a collection of museums covering everything from its maritime tradition to the Grand Prix and wine. You can buy a five-day pass for MOP$25, which covers some of the main museums (detailed below).
♥♥ Macau Museum, Mount Fortress, Praceta do Museu de Macau (Tues-Sun ; MOP$15/MuseumPass). Located within the walls of the MountFortress and accessible by an outdoor escalator from the Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau Museum focuses on the territory’s cultural traditions and has an excellent collection of local craftwork. The first floor tracks the relationship between the Europeans and Macanese and displays a reproduction of a classic Macanese street, while the second floor concentrates on everyday life and traditional crafts. Contemporary exhibitions are held upstairs every four months.
Maritime Museum, 1 Largo do Pagoda da Barra (Wed-Mon 10 am-5:30 pm; Mon-Sat MOP$10, Sun MOP$5/Museum Pass; buses #2, #5, 10, Macau Peninsula #10A& #21A). Spread out over three floors, this well-laid-out museum, next to the A-MaTemple, has an interesting range of exhibits from Macau’s maritime history and also includes an aquarium. Built on the site where the Portuguese first landed in Macau, the museum’s shape is supposed to resemble a moored ship, although, as often is the case in China, you might need to use your imagination to see this!
♥ Grand Prix Museum, 431 Rua de Luis Gonzaga Gomes (Wed-Mon ; MOP$5/MuseumPass; buses #10 & #10A). Built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, this interactive and lively museum opened in 1993 and offers a range of exhibits and experiences, including a simulated drive around the Formula 3 track. The Macau Grand prix started when a group of Macanese residents held a friendly race on the streets of Macau, driving course similar to the circuit in Monaco. Many of the pieces on display (including race cars and motorbikes) have been donated by ex-competitors and winners, and will be greatly appreciated by car lovers.
WineMuseum, 431 Rua de Luis Gonzaga Gomes (Wed-Tues ; MOP$15/Museum Pass; buses #10 & 10A). This entertaining exhibition was opened two years after its neighbor, the Grand Prix Museum, and covers all areas of wine production, including a detailed history of wine in Portugal. Clearly labeled and well planned, it makes for an interesting visit (especially given the scarcity of good wine on the mainland) and you’ll also get a chance to do some tasting at the end to help you on your way.
Pawnshop Museum, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (daily , closed first Mon of every month; MOP$5). Pawnbroking originated in China and this tiny museum pays homage to that fact. Housed in a century-old fortress of a pawnshop, its granite-walled storage tower was capable of withstanding fires, floods and robbers. Items on display include a ledger of pawned items and a gold testing stone.
♥ Macau Museum of Art, Cultural Center, Avenida Xian Xinghai (Tues-Sun 10 am-7 pm; MOP$5/Museum Pass; buses #8, #12 & #17). This is Macau’s only art museum and boasts an excellent collection of classical Chinese art and calligraphy. Its five floors are filled with artifacts from all periods of Macanese history, including exceptional ceramics and paintings, along with works by the famous China landscape artist, George Chinnery who is buried at the Old Protestant Cemetery. The museum also has frequent contemporary exhibitions so it’s worth calling ahead (tel. 00853-7919-814) to see what’s on.
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