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“Good Overview & the Coolest Earthquake Recorder Ever”
Review of Macao Museum

Macao Museum
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$279.00*
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Private Tour: Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong
Ranked #9 of 245 things to do in Macau
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

There is a lot to enjoy here. The museum is well done! My very favorite thing, however, was in the first gallery, the "Houfeng Didong Yi (seismograph)"...that was invented in 132 AD...It was a column with 8 dragons around with balls in their mouths...and toads w/open mouths down below....Apparently inside there are 8 tracks, so when there is an earthquake, a ball in the direction of the quake drops the ball from the dragon's mouth into a toad's mouth, thus alerting the owner of the time and the location of the quake! It is an item that looks purely decorative, but take the time to read the plaque and appreciate!

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Well laid out museum, exhibits explained in chinese, portugese and english. Good coverage of local history as well as wider chinese history

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

A place to go to see what Macau was like in the old days. You get to see the way of life then with a trail of history thrown in.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

I like visiting national museums of the countries I visit because it gives me a sneak peek into the history and culture of the place. This place did the same but the experience was totally unique.

The hotel gave us free tickets to the museum which we had to hand over at the entrance in exchange for a "treasure hunt" sheet. There were questions we had to answer and at the end, we got souvenirs for getting all the answers right. It was, to an extent, interactive.

Thank hammock20
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Love taking guests there. But this time we tried and it is closed on Mondays. Want to be taken seriously as a tourist destination or not?

Thank kevhkHongKong
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