Macau Museums: 1 and 0 Stars
(Last updated: September 22, 2023)
Unless you are specifically interested in the theme of the following museums, I wouldn’t recommend visiting any of them.
Grand Prix Museum
I had the Grand Prix museum rated as 3 stars back when it was free. Now that they charge a steep $80 entry fee, you can probably bypass it altogether. More a place for children than adults, they added a lot more interactive exhibits such as VR racing simulators, physical response tests, pit stop challenges, and other procedures related to race day operations.
As someone who has always been a sports fiend but detested auto racing, I found most of the Grand Prix Museum as dull as dishwater. When it was free it was for me, but $80 is gouging when almost all Macau museums are free. Hard pass, unless you’re really into auto sports.
Admission: $80 Location: Rua Luis Gonzago Gomes Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed on Tuesdays
Even though it rocks a super sweet location right beside St. Paul’s, the Timepiece Museum probably isn’t worth yours. If you like old watches then by all means drop by, but the best exhibit there is a temporary one that will end in December 2023.
Once the beautiful pieces that Mr Yeung Sau Wong collected over the years stops being shown, then we’re probably looking at a legit 0 star museum.
Admission: Free Location: Right beside St. Paul’s Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Macau Tea Culture House
The Tea Culture House celebrates all things tea, but it felt like that party was over the day I visited. For more information, check out Trip Report II.
Admission: Free Location: Lou Lim Ieoc Garden Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Closed on Mondays
Museum of Public Security Forces
This museum displays old military and police gear such as guns, cannons and communication equipment, as well as current articles from the modern day Macao Security Forces.
Admission: Free Location: Calcada dos Quarteis Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:45 pm Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Weekends and Public Holidays
Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt
More religious artifacts are on show in the crypt behind the ruins of St Paul’s. There’s also the remains of a tomb as well as relics of Japanese and Vietnamese martyrs.
Admission: Free Location: St Pauls Ruins Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm except on Tuesdays when it closes at 2 pm
Sun Iat-Sen Memorial House
Delves into the life of failed Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Iat-Sen who practiced medicine in Macau in 1892.
Dead before any of his aims could be realized, Dr Sun would shudder to see what modern China has become.
I paid a visit there during Trip Report III.
Admission: Free Location: Avenue Sidonio Pais Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Closed on Tuesdays
Treasure of Sacred Art
Around 300 pieces of Catholic relics are on display, most of them originating from the 17th to 19th Centuries.
Sometimes I think this is what they’ll do to me after my time on Earth is up.
Stuff my bits into a box and then wait for the worms.
Admission: Free Location: Santo Domingos Square Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed on Thursdays
Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
The only interesting thing about this museum is the way it looks.
Snap some pictures outside, just don’t bother stepping in.
Admission: Free Location: Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed on Mondays
Jao Tsung-I Academy
In addition to being a centenarian, dying at the age of 100 in 2018, Jao Tsung-I was many things: celebrated calligraphist, thinker, writer, artist, historian and Master of Sinology. He is even immortalized in the cosmos, when planet numbered 10017 was formally named Jaotsungi in 2011.
Located next to Tap Seac Square, the Jao Tsung-I Academy displays 15 sets of his work, the majority of which could be replicated by anyone who can use a brush. If this is art, then we’re all artists.
Admission: Free Location: Avenida do Conselhiero Ferreira de Almeida, No 95 C-D Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Closed on Mondays
Tung Sin Tong Historical Archive Exhibition Hall
Founded in 1892, Tung Sin Tong is a charitable organization that still continues providing assistance to the needy today. If you ask me, they should look inward and allocate more resources to their Archive Exhibition Hall, because outside of some really good aircon and free public Wifi, there’s basically no point in visiting.
Located adjacent to the Pawn Shop Museum, it is a very nice looking building though.
Admission: Free Location: Rua de Camilo Pessanha, No 55 Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Closed on Tuesdays
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