One of the most interesting things about the Madeira Islands is that its history is comprised of a unique mix of fact and legend which isn’t common in this well-explored world today.  Travelers can learn a lot about which details are factual and which fictional through a visit to the Madeira Story Centre ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction...), an interactive history museum which offers both permanent and temporary exhibits detailing what happened in days past in the region.  It is set up in such a manner that visitors can start with the pre-human history of the area and make their way through up to the modern day. 

At that museum, travelers may find that they are more interested in the non-human history of the area than they thought.  This interest can be satiated with a day-long trip to the Municipal Museum of Funchal, also known as the Museum of Natural History .  This capital-city museum provides extensive information about the plant and animal life of the Madeira Islands .  More information is available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction....

Alternatively, travelers may be interested in learning about the creative endeavors of those who have lived in the area throughout time.   There are two excellent museums for doing this learning: the Sacred Art Museum and the Manor Estate of the Crosses Museum .   They are both located in Funchal and offer different perspectives on the art history of the region.   See http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction... for more details.

 

Toy Museum - Museu dos Brinquedos

 The Toy Museum is located in a building from the eigtheen century restored to mantain its original façade. Once a traditional Madeiran  house and place of a prestigious embroidery company, this space has all the attributes of an enchanted place. You will find thousands of   toys like a tin soldiers collection, steam boats, planes and wooden games, dating from the late nineteenth century to the present day. The museum makes part of the new cultural and comercial space: Armazém do Mercado

This museum, created by Jose Manuel Borges Pereira, holds more than 20,000 items, from Portugal, England, France, Germany.

Just next to Funchal's Old Market, Farmers Market: Rua Latino Coelho, 39.  Also you can get in by the Armazém do Mercado entrance

 Open every day 10h00 to 18h00. Admission fee : Adults : €5  Children: €3 Family Package