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The Museum of Macau is the biggest museum in Macau. It is located in the famous Monte Fortress, in the heart of the city and where the Portuguese first set foot.|
Construction of the museum includes an exhibition building in Monte Fortress and an administration building to the north of fortress. It was begun in 1996 and completed and opened to the public on April 18th of 1998.
Different from other museums in Macau, which have only one specific theme, the Museum of Macau was built to show the face of different nationalities harmoniously living together in Macau during the past centuries and preserve this visage from the aspect of tradition, custom and culture.
The exhibition building is a three-floor structure, covering a total area of 2,800 square meters (around 30,139 square feet), among which 2,100 (about 22,604 square feet) are for exhibition of more than 3,000 exhibits and historical relics. The first and second floors are built below ground level of the Monte Fortress.
The exhibition is classified into different groups:
Original Civilization, 1st floor:
The origin of this region and its prosperity from the Neolithic period to the mid 17th century, which is known as the 'Golden Period' of Macau is introduced here.
Popular Art and Traditional Culture, 2nd floor:
Different cultural themes which make Macau's culture rich and unique are showcased here. These themes usually derive from the existing culture, such as traditional festivals, daily customs, traditional handicraft and typical professions.
Contemporary Macau, 3rd floor:
Here one sees the panorama of modern Macau. It also exhibits some works whose writers have been closely linked with Macau. The final part is an exhibition of Macau's prospects and opportunities.
The administration building covers an area of 2,300 square meters (around 24,757 square feet), including administrative and technical offices, warehouse, restoration room, IT department, security center and lecture hall, etc. The gift shops and an open-air teahouse are also located here. Although the building is not within the Monte Fortress, visitors can reach it from the exhibition hall through a tunnel with escalators.
After visiting the museum, visitors may have a walk on walls of Monte Fortress, where one can overlook the whole city. Within the Monte Fortress, there is also an underground vault introducing its history permanently.
Adults: 15 patacas;
Children between 5-10 years old, adults over 60 years old and students: 8 patacas;
Children under 5 years old and school parties: free;
Entry free on every 15th day of the month
10:00 to 18:00 (admission stops at 17:30) Closed every Monday
The museum provide guiding service in Cantonese, Portuguese, Mandarin and English.
Take bus 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 and get off at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Then walk through Senado Square to Ruins of St. Paul's Church for ten minutes. The museum is just next to the ruins.