Macao Grand Prix Museum Is a Must-Visit for Race Car and Motorbike Fans
by: The Beat Asia
July 28, 2023
If you’re a fan of motorsports, one place that should be on your list when visiting Macau is the Macao Grand Prix (MGP) Museum. Established in 1954 and officially inaugurated after its remodelling on June 1, 2021, under the management of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the museum lets visitors re-live the rich history of the Macau Grand Prix and see automobiles and motorcycles first-hand. Here’s what you need to know about it!
An Immersive Experience
The new Macao Grand Prix Museum covers a total floor area of roughly 16,000 square meters, which is six times its previous size, and has been accredited with the gold standard of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)’s green building certification.
It has four floors featuring different themes and exhibits. The ground level (entrance) is where you can see a small scale of the Macau Guia Circuit, a pit pass registration, and a gift shop for souvenirs.
Riding the escalator in front of the gift shop will take you to the second floor (Level 2) where the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix exhibit is. Here, you’ll see a deconstructed motorcycle, a trophy showcase, and the motorcycles of well-known racers, such as Mick Grant, Robert Dunlop, and Michael Rutter.
There’s also a MotoVR Race Experience on the side that can accommodate up to six visitors at a time.
Going down the stairs, the first floor (Level 1) highlights the early years of the Macau Grand Prix, including a memory lane that displays the posters of the previous races, and the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. Lastly, the basement is where The Guia Race & Macau GT Cup are, which displays multiple cars and interactive spots, such as race control and pit garage, to give visitors the race day experience.
As an added treat to visitors, the MGTO has recently partnered with Madame Tussauds Hong Kong to create wax figures of eight renowned racing drivers.
The figures of Edoardo Mortara, John Macdonald, Michael Rutter, Robert Huff, and Ron Haslam are all brand new, while the figures of Ayrton Senna da Silva, Lewis Carl David Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel have been recast.
Opening Hours and Location
Macao Grand Prix Museum is open every Wednesday to Monday from 10 AM to 6 PM, with last admission at 5:30 PM.
It’s located at 431 Rua de Luís Gonzaga Gomes, which is approximately a 15-minute drive (or less) from the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Immigration Building. To get there by commute, you can ride bus routes 1A, 3, 10, 10B, 10X, 23, 28A, 28B, 28C, 29, and 32 and get off at A Praça Flor De Lótus (Lotus Square).
Planning Your Visit
Tickets are available on-site and online for MOP80 (non-residents aged over 12 and under 65) and MOP40 (residents, children 12 and below, and seniors 65 and above).
When planning your schedule, it’s best to allot at least two hours to enjoy and fully roam around the museum. Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed inside, and photos or videos using selfie sticks and tripods are prohibited.
If you want to take a break afterwards, you can visit the race-themed coffee shop located in same the building. They offer pastries like muffins and croissants and coffee such as Cold Brew, Iced Blackccino, Iced Oatly Matcha Coffee, and other exclusive drinks.
For inquiries and more information, visit the Macao Grand Prix Museum's website or call +853 8593 0515.
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