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Museu da Baleia da Madeira

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Museu da Baleia da Madeira

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Keith S wrote a review Jan 2020
Wisbech, United Kingdom109 contributions46 helpful votes
My wife and I decided to visit this museum expecting it to focus solely on Whales. Not so it is splitting 2 floors, one all about whales, not bad but mostly on screens and the other about the short-lived whaling industry on Madeira. This had more hands on exhibits and talked in detail about the industry. We spent twice as long here. They explained why it grew up, what it was like and what they did. The industry was wrong but the people involved did not know that. Their lives were hard and dangerous.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Responded May 4, 2020
We thank you for your visit to the Madeira Whale Museum, as well as your evaluation which is very important to us. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. The Madeira Whale Museum team
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Maps605591 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Having had a lifelong interest in whaling but never been a supporter I must stress, I was really looking forward to visiting this museum and it was top of my “must do” list whilst in Madeira. I must be honest and state that it was disappointing in the extreme. To describe this as world class is a bit of a joke. There are much better such museums in Norway and Hull Town Docks museum has a far better section on whaling with better exhibits and atmosphere. Basically it’s a huge building which must have cost millions of euros with very little in it. The staff however, all 5 or 6 of them with virtually nothing to do, were very helpful if only to give good directions to the bus out of the place. Shame on the guidebooks for the exaggeration.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from MFGouveia, Rececionista at Museu da Baleia da Madeira
Responded May 4, 2020
We are sorry that the visit did not meet your expectations. However, we appreciate your opinion. The Madeira Whale Museum was created on 1990 after 40 year of whaling, being this history a reality in Madeira. Not every historical fact is motive of pride but this does not invalidate that we doesn’t know about it. Whaling history cannot be told without social-economic contextualization from that time (1940-81) and is very important that we have the historical facts conscience and, as well, their consequences, for that we do not commit the same mistakes as before. Regarding the number of employees, you certainly visited the museum on a very calm day, but I assure you that there are days when the number of employees is very low for the work they have to do. We believe that it is not up to visitor passing through the museum to make an assumption on this situation. The Madeira Whale Museum team
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Jo T wrote a review Nov 2019
Warlingham, United Kingdom423 contributions168 helpful votes
The history of whaling is interesting. Good exhibits. Extremely annoying audio guide which has a automatic feature which means that it jumps to a different topic if you move. It would be better if it was only manually controlled. The museum was almost empty. I suspect this may be due to the fact the Whaling is no longer considered acceptable. A second room with marine life exhibits and films. Technology in this room rather dated.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from MFGouveia, Rececionista at Museu da Baleia da Madeira
Responded May 4, 2020
We are sorry that the visit did not meet your expectations. However, we appreciate your opinion. The Madeira Whale Museum team
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M2018K wrote a review Nov 2019
Pilsen, Czech Republic244 contributions26 helpful votes
Our visit in Museu da Baleia da Madeira took 1 hour but one could spend there more than we did. The exposition shows the history of whales fishing in Madeira. Audioguides give the information automatically according to the place where you stop. It is very interesting and educational place! The entrance cost 10,-EUR.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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We thank you for your visit to the Madeira Whale Museum, as well as your evaluation which is very important to us. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. The Madeira Whale Museum team
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SailorJohn7 wrote a review Oct 2019
Brighouse, United Kingdom182 contributions51 helpful votes
The audio headphones give a full and interesting insite to what the museum is all about. With interesting artifacts and video content, this museum is well worth a visit for the 10 euro entrance fee..
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Date of experience: September 2019
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We thank you for your visit to the Madeira Whale Museum, as well as your evaluation which is very important to us. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. The Madeira Whale Museum team
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