The largest and most popular museum in Macau, the Macao Museum makes it easy for curious visitors to lose themselves in the story of one of colonialism’s longest lasting endeavors. The permanent collection spans three floors; the first story presents Macau’s history, the second its folk customs and traditions, and the third, contemporary Macau. The museum offers docent-led tours in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Visit on a private or group sightseeing tour from Hong Kong.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Macao Museum is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time visitors.
The museum is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available at the ticketing office.
Enter and explore the grounds of the Monte Fort for free.
How to Get There
The Monte Fort and Macao Museum are located adjacent to the ruins of St. Paul on the Macau Peninsula, a short walk from Senado Plaza. Several public buses stop at Hospital Kiang Wu station near the Macao Museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, as well as public holidays. Admission is free on Tuesday and the 15th of every month. Docent-led English tours are offered on Sunday afternoon.
The Monte Fort, built by Jesuits in the 17th century, houses the Macau Museum. For some 300 years, the fortress served as the primary defense for the city against invaders, including pirates. The only time the fort’s cannons were fired was during a Dutch invasion attempt in 1622.
- Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte)
- Ruins of St. Paul
- St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos)
- Macao's Historic Centre
- Luis de Camoes Garden and Grotto
- Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
- Guia Fortress
- Casino Lisboa
- Kun Iam Temple
- Kun Iam Statue
- A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
- Maritime Museum
- Macao Science Center (Centro de Ciencia de Macau)
- Macau Tower
- The House of Dancing Water