Museums (3 stars)+ Back

For such a small city, Macau has a ton of museums, some 21 in all.  Here’s how I’d rank them, using a star system similar to that of Michelin restaurants. 

3 stars: A must see.  Worth making a diversion for.

2 stars: If you’re in the neighbourhood, by all means drop in and have a look.

1 star: Will probably only appeal to people who are interested in the museum’s theme.

0 stars: Not worth going to under any circumstances.


3 stars


Grand Prix Museum

The Grand Prix Museum pays homage to the annual F3 race that’s been held every November since 1963.  Among the 30 exhibits are a number of F3 cars, motorbikes as well as information related to famous drivers and their equipment.

red rescue car at the Maritime Museum yellow F3 Grand Prix racer at the Grand Prix Museum

For more information, Mu Yi and I visited it during Trip Report I.

Admission: Free     Location: Rua Luis Gonzago Gomes     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm  Closed on Tuesdays




Handover Gifts Museum

When Macau returned to China in 1999, China’s 33 various provinces, zones and special regions each contributed a gift to celebrate the homecoming.  It resulted in one very impressive collection of highly technical and superbly crafted Chinese art, presented in a wide array of styles and disciplines.

gold horse on top of a silver cup at the Handover Gifts Museum Qing Dynasty Mandarin holds a big red fish at the Handover Gifts Museum antique Chinese bronze bells at the Handover Gifts Museum

A little late to the party, Mu Yi and I visited it in Trip Report II.

Admission: Free     Location:  Behind the Sands    Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm  Closed on Mondays


Holy House of Mercy

Set in the city’s oldest charity house, the Holy House of Mercy, this museum displays Catholic relics that date all the way back to Macau’s founding in the 16th Century.  Some of the Sacred Art pieces are spectacular. 


large gold cross on a wooden stand at the Holy House of Mercy crucified Jesus on top of a white cup at the Holy House of Mercy man holds a staff shaped like a cross at the Holy House of Mercy

Admission: $5     Location: Senado Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  2:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Closed on Mondays and public holidays


Macau Museum

Extremely comprehensive overview of Macau history and Macanese life, with special attention paid to food, religion, architecture, leisure and festivals.


exterior of Macau Museum woman sits on a bench on the Lane of Love at the Macau Museum

For a more detailed report, please check out Trip Report I

Admission: $15     Location: Mount Fortress     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  Closed on Mondays


Maritime Museum

Before Stanley Ho came along, the lifeblood of Macau was always on the water.  Situated next to A Ma Temple in the oldest part of Macau, the Maritime Museum explores themes related to the ways and lives of fishermen, ship building, design and tools, Historical Discoveries, as well as astronomy and navigation.  


antique Chinese wooden boat at the Maritime Museum English soldier uniforms at the Maritime Museum


This is another museum Mu Yi and I visited in Trip Report I.

Admission: $5 (Monday to Saturday) / $3 (Sunday)     Location: Barra Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 to 6:00 pm  Closed on Tuesdays


Museum of Art

The Museum of Art takes up a total of 5 floors with 7 different exhibition galleries in use.  Three or four galleries house permanent exhibitions, while the others are reserved for temporary showings. 


As a lover of the arts, and a would be philanthropist/supporter/art snob if I had any money, Mu Yi and I went there for both Trip Report I and Trip Report II.

Admission: Free     Location: Behind the Sands      Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm  Closed on Mondays


juke box at the Vintage Sounds MuseumThe Vintage Sounds Museum

If you want to have a look at the things your grandmother’s mother rocked to, then the Vintage Sounds Museum will be for you.  Antique gramophones, hand cranked music boxes, tube radios, old televisions etc are all on display on the second floor of an Electronic and Appliance store that time forgot.


For more information, please check out Trip Report III.



Admission: $30 (By appointment only)     Location: No 13-15 Rua das Estalagens     Opening Hours: Closed on the weekend




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For more museums, please follow the link!  Macau Museums (2 stars)