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The past is truly present in Funchal and is on display at several city museums, the most popular attractions in this capital city.
Sacred Art Museum (Museu de Arte Sacra)
Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by Flemish artists from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Quinta das Cruzes (Manor Estate of the Crosses Museum)
This museum is considered one of the most prestigious and well-kept museums of Madeira, which houses a splendid collection of silver, filigree and antiques that were part of a private collection of John Wetzler, a Czech citizen who lived on Madeira.
Madeira Story Centre
According to a TripAdvisor Member, this “is a spectacular interactive museum. Here you will find a wealth of information of the Archipelago’s History, from its volcanic origins to seaplanes, from the Discoveries to Napoleon and Churchill. [Here,] historical accuracy is combined with multimedia technologies and interactivity! [It's] planned to offer visitors an unforgettable experience [and the] history is presented in a chronological sequence.”
Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)
Housed in the old residence of the Count of Carvalhal, this museum's mission is to collect and store important information about the flora and fauna of Madeira through its wide collection of many marine-type species and geological samples from the region.