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Macau Museum

History

The Macau Museum was built by the Jesuits in the 17th century and is located in Mount Fortress, lying adjacent to the Ruins of St. Paul. The Macau Museum consists of two underground levels and the third level is located on the topmost level of the Fortress, where the Meteorological Service was housed formerly. The architectural quality of the site and its meticulous configuration has been preserved. The Macau Museum is dedicated to the history and culture of Macau, demonstrating the way of life of several communities that inhabited the city for centuries through the vast number of objects of historical and cultural value available for display. Different permanent exhibitions are displayed inside the three-storied Museum:

Genesis of Macau Region (1st floor): Presentation of Macau’s history, commercial activities, cultures and religions of the old civilizations.

Popular Arts and Traditions in Macau (2nd floor): Various aspects of traditions and popular art of Macau as well as traditional festivals and religious ceremonies.

Contemporary Macau (3rd floor): Various aspects of the contemporary city life of Macau. The way Macau has been Contemporary in art and literature has been prominently highlighted here. The Macau Museum provides professional guide services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese for visitors. No prior booking is required for the services.

Mount Fortress Garden, Mount Fortress Gallery and the Museum shop are three major attractions at the Macau Museum. The top platform of Mount Fortress sports the Mount Fortress Garden and is known as one of the major attractions of Macau, offering a panoramic view of the pictorial landscape of the peninsula. Located in the garden of Mount Fortress, the Mount Fortress Gallery was originally an underground cellar for ammunition storage. It now serves as a gallery for the Macau Museum featuring the history of the fortresses of Macau and their cultural relics along with the legends of the Fortress.

Best time to visit

Macau has a warm temperate climate and receives ample rainfall in summer. The weather is hot and humid between May and September, during which typhoons or tropical cyclones and torrential rain occurrences frequently occur. All marine, aerial and urban public transportation is suspended and the venue is closed whenever Typhoon Warning is raised. Hence, the best time to visit the Macau Museum is October through December

Trivia

The Museum Shop is located at the entrance platform and sells painting albums, different stamps, historical, artistic and cultural books, fine works and souvenirs produced in Macau.

Timing

The Macau Museum is open to the public from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The museum remains closed on Mondays.


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