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Madeira Story Centre

Address: Rua D. Carlos I, 27 - 29, Funchal, Madeira 9060-051, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 291 000 770
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Ranked #45 of 147 things to do in Funchal
Type: Museums
Owner description: Museum about Madeira Island History and culture. Great way to start your visit to Madeira Island...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Museum about Madeira Island History and culture. Great way to start your visit to Madeira Island. You will have a panoramic view over Madeira Island History and culture.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

What was weird was that we were the only people there at that time. The artifacts tell the story of Madeira from the time it was first occupied. Weirdly, there was no security and we could touch the exhibits and no one seemed to care. Was a fun experience. More of a mini-museum.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Permanently closed from 13th February 2015. Visited today hoping to go inside but it's all closed up, empty, and a note on the door explained that it is not going to open.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum was just across the road from the bottom of the cable-car, and there is a discount if you do both. Lots of interesting facts, such as the islands were known about over 2,000 years ago, why the wines are so special, and the famous people that visited. It was very well laid out, with just enough information (in... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is the place to go to learn a bit more about the history of Madeira. I had been to Madeira quite a few times but this was my first visit to the story centre. Even I learned quite a bit that I didn't already know. You are allowed to take photos in this place which is great

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A must for any new visitor to Madeira. Everything that you should and need to know about this fascinating island. Well organised and laid out, providing interesting facts and figures, life-like displays and interactive tests. Pleasant, well informed and helpful staff. A short distance away from the cable-car station and well worth the entry fee.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Liked : Informative, interesting, spent nearly two hours there before enjoying a rest in the coffee shop. Disliked : nothing

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We went to this museum as it was advertised on hoardings all over Funchal. I am afraid to say it was a disappointment, only go if you have an urge to delve deeply into the history of the island and love reading display boards. Lots and Lots to read but with very little exhibits. Children would get easily bored so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Lacking in places, but a very interesting history of Madeira, presented in a very pleasant and artistic fashion. Enjoyed the half day experience.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Not the biggest of museums for a capital city but does give a good overview of how Madeira came to be (volcanic!) and its history to become the "Pearl of the Atlantic". Compared to the rest of Funchal it did seem a little expensive.

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Eymet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

An attractive and informative museum telling the history of the island of Madeira, with photographs, and sound clips. Of particular interest was the story of the Flying Boats which used to serve as luxury transport between Southampton and Funchal in the 50's ,together with a reproduction of a cabin. The shop is well stocked with books and useful and attractive... More 

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