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 (, 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

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 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