The Best Museums in Macau You Need to Visit This 2023
by: The Beat Asia
January 23, 2023
A city brimming with food hubs and casinos, Macau is also home to innumerable museums that will engage and broaden one’s knowledge of the art scene. With specialties from Cantonese and European art to street photography and paintings tracing the city’s rich history, there’s truly something for any interest in this melting pot of cultures. No matter if you’re looking for other tourist attractions to add to your itinerary or just want to have a quick sightseeing tour to tickle your brain, these museums in Macau will blow your mind.
Handover Gifts Museum of Macao
A three-storey building, Handover Gifts Museum of Macao is the only art house commemorating the transfer of sovereignty in Macau. It features more than 50 special gifts given by various cities and ethnic groups from different parts of the world. Expect to see personal letters, specially curated paintings, and intricately made sculptures. In the years to come, the museum aims to hold numerous art exhibitions to highlight Macau’s cultural development. Admission is free.
Location: Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, 237-285 Av. Xian Xing Hai
Fire Services Museum
A museum dedicated to the history of firefighting in Macau, the Fire Services Museum is one of the oldest art places in the city. Constructed in 1920, the museum is home to 700 artifacts including British fire engines and historic pictures that will educate you about the history of firefighting in Macau. Taking photographs is allowed inside the museum, so make sure to bring your camera with you. Entry is free of charge.
Location: Fire Services Museum, No.2-6, Estrada de Coelho do Amaral
Macau Science Center
Situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of Sé is the Macau Science Center. Established in 2009, the museum features galleries with mind-boggling exhibits that will deepen your understanding of the solar system, marine life, and biology. The attraction also has friendly tour guides that will walk you through the halls of the renowned science institution. The entrance fee is M$50 per visitor.
Location: Macau Science Center, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Sé
St. Dominic’s Church Museum
Born in 2005, St. Dominic’s Church Museum is a sacred building comprising more than 300 art pieces from the 17th to the 19th century, including wooden religious sculptures, statues of biblical characters, sacramental objects, oil paintings, and more. Learn about the religious practices in Macau while taking in the beauty of the artworks inside the three-storey building that served millions of tourists from various parts of the world. Admission is free.
Location: St. Dominic’s Church Museum, No. 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau
Inside the halls of the Wine Museum are gorgeous displays of Portuguese wines that will make your jaws drop. First opened to the public in 1995, the 28-year-old museum boasts artworks and historical documents tracing the history of wine production in Macau. Oenophiles will be delighted to know that the tourist attraction has a dedicated section where different kinds of wines, from local to international variants, are displayed. Entry to the museum is free.
Location: Wine Museum, Tourism Activities Center, Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes
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