History Museums in Macau

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History Museums in Macau

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  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
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    Located next to the Ruins of São Paulo, after a short walk, visiting this fortress is worth it. It is an old fort built by the Portuguese and now transformed into a historic building. The view over the city is unique and the walk along its walls is very pleasant
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    St. Joseph has long been one of my favourite of the UNESCO World Heritage churches scattered across the Historic Centre of Macau. Here you find a charming church on Rua do Seminario just a couple minutes walk southwest of St. Lawrence's Church. The seminary and church was constructed by the Jesuits in 1758 and has a rich local history as a centre of Christian missionary around Asia. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily and entry is free.

    What you will see is church placed up a set of steps, just like the old Church of Mater Dei (called the Ruins of St. Paul's) and delightful facade and charming interior makes for a very nice sightseeing experience but with a fraction of the number of tourists as what you see at fellow World Heritage attractions around Senado Square. Further, like St. Dominic's Church, there is adjacent Treasure of the Sacred Arts Museum at St. Joseph's if you want to see 18th to early 20th century religious artefacts. Allow 20-30 minutes for a combined visit of the church and museum.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China19,629 contributions
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    This small museum, housed in the former Taipa city hall, offers a brief overview of local history. It sketches the development of the area from regional backwater to the more advanced present. It is interesting to know that shipbuilding and firecracker production were two major industries in the area. Free admission.
    Written December 3, 2023
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  • Alvin Y
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    Amazing traditional wood working techniques that are ancient yet practical. Good for the anyone who appreciates the fundamentals of woodworking and handcraft art.
    Written March 12, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    Several of the World Heritage attractions around the Historic Centre of Macau have add-on museums which house sacred arts that date back several centuries including this attraction situated at the back of the Ruins of St. Paul's. The museum is accessed from within the Ruins grounds and is open from 9am to 6pm daily but closed at 2pm on Tuesdays.

    The museum makes use of rooms, including the old Church of Mater Dei crypt where there is a tomb which is believed to hold the remains of Father Alexander Valignano, founder of the historic St. Paul's Collect which was historically located just next to the church. Both were destroyed during the Great Fire of 1835. There is also information about Japanese Christian martyrs here as well.

    There is a second room which makes use of excavations of the old chapel of the ancient church between 1990-96. The unearthed space was converted into museum which now houses a handful of sacred art in the form of wooden statue, religious figures, liturgical vessels and oil paintings. You can view all in just a few minutes. The collection is much smaller than the Sacred Art Museums at St. Dominic's (near Senado Square) and St. Joseph's Church (near St. Augustine's Square).

    Given the museum's location, it is convenient to pop in and visit as part of your exploration of the grounds around the Ruin's of St. Paul's. However, if you are short on time and wanting to visit only one of the Sacred Art museums in the World Heritage area, I'd suggest targeting St. Dominic's Church first. That is the largest of these museums with several floors of interesting historic treasures and relics to view in the building attached to St. Dominics.
    Written February 8, 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    This museum is dedicated to important Chinese state official, philosopher and political figure of the late 18th and early 19th century known as Commissioner Lin Zexu. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm (closed Mondays) and entry is MOP5.

    There is a large statue of Commissioner Lin Zexu placed just outside the museum entrance which is in the courtyard of the historically important Lotus Temple along Ave. Almirante Lacerda in the north of the Macau Peninsula. Flanking the museum are two interesting carved representing Lin Zexu interaction and negotiations with the Portuguese here in Macau as well as his ordering the destruction of foreign opium to be destroyed in Guangdong, representing two key moments in Lin Zexu's life.

    The displays within the museum are rather texty but are organised in bite size sections if you will. You can browse through rather quickly if you like or take your time and focus on elements of the Life, history and various important roles Lin Zexu performed for China, particularly in dealing with western foreigners. There is naturally larger emphasis on his role in meeting with the Portuguese here in Macau. The actual wooden table used for negotiations is here in the museum and neat to see.

    You will also learn of his attempts to foster more openness between protectionist China and the West as well as his hardline stance and endeavours related to history related to the first opium war in which Lin Zexu played a key figure.

    The Lin Zexu Memorial Museum is a good museum if you are interested in Macau (even Hong Kong to a lesser degree) and Chinese history and a place that can be easily combined with visits to the famous Lotus Temple for those visiting this part of the city.
    Written February 5, 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    We visited the Macao Historical Archives at Tap Seac Square recently and enjoyed the quick viewing of the “The Times of Typhoons – Exhibition of Macao’s Archival Materials” and found this a nice way to spend 15-20 minutes time for those intending to visit this area of Macau.

    This exhibition features historic photos and images of major typhoons and damage they have caused in Macau over the past century. There is also a television setup showing news broadcasts during recent typhoons. The news is in Cantonese language with English caption. A few weather reading devices as well as information discussing how typhoons are categorised can also be seen in the exhibition.

    Overall, this was is a decent exhibition that is worth checking out for a few minutes if visiting this area of Macau. The Macau Historical Archives is right next to the Tap Seac Gallery and both are free to visit and have exhibitions available to be seen throughout the year.
    Written August 24, 2014
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China19,629 contributions
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    This small museum outlines the life and experience of night-watchers, an important role in traditional Chinese society before the arrival of electricity. A collection of exhibitions and documentaries shows how the guardians of society serve as security guards, firemen and custodians at the same time. Great starting point to explore Patane, a laidback neighborhood that is relatively unaffected by postcolonial development.
    Written April 1, 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    This is a fairly new museum that only opened a couple of years ago, making use of one of the teal green colonial style early 20th-century buildings at the corner of Rua de Fransisco and Ave do Cel. Mesquita. Open from 10am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays), the second floor of the heritage building is setup as a 6 room exhibition and memorial to Chinese musician Xian Xinghai (1905-1945). Entry is free.

    Xian Xhinghai was born in Macau and raised in a fishing family before embarking upon his musical career which would see him become of one of the most important Chinese musicians of the 20th century. You will learn his history and story, discovering his struggles and endeavours to create music with a patriotic appeal such as the 'Yellow River Cantata'.

    It is a fine memorial that will greatly appeal to Chinese visitors, those familiar with Xian Xinghai as well as curious others who appreciate music and history. The museum is near Mong-ha Hill and important Kun Iam Temple and can be combined with visits to these and other sightseeing attractions in the area.
    Written February 27, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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    The House of Macao Literature is a recently opened attraction along Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida in the St. Lazarus District of Macau. It is situated in one of the series of delightful heritage buildings situated along this street that were built in the early 1920s in colonial Portuguese style. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Mondays) and entry is free.

    The property itself is worthy of a brief visit, the exterior is colourful and very nice to see. Within, there are two ground floor rooms, two upstairs rooms and a open courtyard that highlight favoured colonial architecture in Macau 100 years ago.

    As for the theme and content of this attraction, this one might be more interesting for locals than foreign visitors. The displays highlight mainly Chinese and Portuguese contributions to literature in recent centuries. There are several displays of historical literary figures of the 20th century that are interesting to read up on and learn about as well. It is a small collection and a leisurely visit can be done in 15 minutes.

    Note: The House of Macao Literature is located just next to the Jao Tsung-I Academy which makes use of a very similar heritage building. You can combine visits to these two attractions along with others nearby such as the Tap Seac Gallery and Macau Tea Culture Museum all within very short walk of each other.
    Written January 22, 2023
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