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“Would like to meet the man behind”

Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu
Ranked #32 of 143 things to do in Funchal
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Aarhus, Denmark
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“Would like to meet the man behind”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

João Carlos Abreu, the former secretary of tourism and culture of Madeira, is the man behind everything you see at the Universo de Memorias.
He started collecting things at the age of 15 and the collection is truly impressive. Four floors and numerous rooms with silverware, paintings and curiosa from all over the world.
This man must be quite a character with a big appetite for life.

The prize of € 3,50 (€ 2,- if > 65 years or < 25 years) includes a guided tour.
Sit down for a cup of coffee in the café or garden afterwards.
Perfect on a rainy day in Funchal.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Tanja W
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“An Amazing Place”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

The second place I visited on World Tourism Day. Straight across the road from Quinta das Cruzes.According to my excellent guidebook the tearoom here is the best place to recharge your batteries for more sightseeing. There was absolutely no mention of the house or its contents. After coffee in the delightful garden tearoom i entered what looked like a very ordinary house for ny tour with the guide. I was the only person doing the tour which tskes place twice an hour, on the hour and half hour. I like my museums quirky and this one takes quirky to a whole new level. As has been said this iis the personal collection of an ex tourist minister and he collected some weird and wonderful things! The various collections are housed in individual rooms and`are all wonderful. The tie room will live in my mind forever. The bathroom can only be described as surreal and I left the museum feeling joyful, uplifted and determined to return, which I definately will. Special mention must be of whoever styled the rooms.
Even a few weeks later when I think of it the word which comes to my mind is psychaedelic.
The tea room is for everyone to enjoy although the collection may not suit all.
my kind of museum!

Visited September 2013
7 Thank Calderglen
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“Great place for a cup of tea and a scone”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Opposite both the Quinta das Cruzes & the Conventa Santa Clara this beautiful house has been converted into a museum housing the eclectic collection of the former regional secretary for tourism (including a room full of horses and another of ties)
The tea garden is a little oasis with easy seating and plenty to look at.
If you are looking for a pit stop whilst exploring the area then this is idea, the coffee is great and the service very friendly

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Michael L
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“What a Find”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

After 12 years of visiting Funchal, found this when visiting the Santa Clara Monastery, just across the road. Had a coffee and scone in the cafe and decided to visit the museum or more exactly a collectors collection from around the world. Rooms in an 18century house each filled with different collections of items from around the world. The horse collection was my favourite, with horses created in every conceivable fabric. And we almost missed the full size horse on the balcony. A really worthwhile visit with guide to take us round and was very knowledgable. Thoroughly recommend this.

Visited July 2013
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“one man and his museum”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

called into what we believed was a small cafe' offering tea and scones called (Casa de Cha') just across the road from the Santa Clara monastery. we thought it might take up a little time to visit the museum. the price was 3.5 Euro for an adult. it is a guided tour but there will be no large group to follow. immediately you realize that this is something special. the owner collector of this museum is obviously a kleptomaniac of the very best sort. at every room, corner, wall and floor space is unique beautiful art both old and new. each collection of which there are many, would be able to grace a much larger space and would not look out of place in a national museum or art gallery. the guide who patiently walks you through this menagerie takes her time but can scarcely scratch the surface of the art on show. we spent about 45min looking around and eventually arrived back at the small tea room a bit overwhelmed. but very glad to have seen a small part of the world according to João Carlos Abreu. P.S the tearoom was very good too.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank charnett
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