The Museum of Macau is the biggest museum in Macau. It is located in the famous Monte Fortress, in the heart of the city.
The museum includes an exhibition building in Monte Fortress and an administration building to the north of fortress. Its construction was begun in 1996 and completed and opened to the public on April 18th， 1998.
Different from other museums in Macau, which have only one specific theme, the Museum of Macau was built to show the face of different nationalities harmoniously living here together during the past centuries and preserve this visage from the aspect of tradition, custom and culture.
The exhibition building is a three-floor structure, covering a total area of 2,800 square meters (around 30,139 square feet), among which 2,100 (about 22,604 square feet) are for exhibition of more than 3,000 exhibits and historical relics. The first and second floors are built below ground level of the Monte Fortress.
The origin of this region and its prosperity from the Neolithic period to the mid 17th century, which is known as the 'Golden Period' of Macau is introduced on the 1st floor. Different cultural themes which make Macau's culture rich and unique are showcased on the 2nd floor. These themes usually are derived from the existing culture, such as traditional festivals, daily customs, traditional handicraft and typical professions. On the 3rd floor, one sees the panorama of modern Macau. It also exhibits some works whose writers have been closely linked with Macau. The final part is an exhibition of the city's prospects and opportunities.
Location: St. Paul Monte Fortress
Transportation: Take bus 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 and get off at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Then walk through Senado Square to Ruins of St. Paul's Church for ten minutes. The museum is just next to the ruins.
Ticket: Adults: 15 patacas;
Children between 5-10 years old, adults over 60 years old and students: 8 patacas;
Children under 5 years old and school parties: free;
Entry free on every 15th day of the month
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (admission stops at 17:30)
Closed every Monday