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Macau Maritime Museum

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Introduction to Maritime Museum (澳门海事博物馆)

Being the oldest museum in Macau, the Maritime Museum is a major attraction to visit in Macau. It is situated in the Square of the Barra Pagoda, which was believed to be the place the first group of Portuguese set foot in Macau. The museum was inaugurated in 1987 and was put into use in 1990. Sitting next to the A-Ma Temple, the Maritime Museum that is shaped in a sailing ship resembles an imposing anchored boat in the harbor protecting the A-Ma Temple.

The Maritime Museum is themed at the maritime history of Macau, South China and Portugal. It is divided into five sections, including Museum Building, Maritime Ethnology Exhibition, Maritime History Exhibition, Maritime Technology Exhibition, and Aquarium Gallery. 

The main building of the museum has three floors. The first floor is dedicated to showing the traditions and techniques of the fishermen in Macau and other regions of South China. Models of vessels, representations of different dishing techniques, costumes and implements used at the shipyards are exhibited. The second floor is given to focus on various aspects of Portuguese and Chinese maritime history. Model replicas of old vessels and ancient navigation instruments are what to see there. Exhibits of marine transport, technology, dredging and navigation are found at the third floor.

The Aquarium Gallery also has a lot fun to enjoy. It has four different aquariums with each one of them featuring a different sub-water world. Various kinds of fishes, sea creatures and coral reefs are seen in the four aquariums.

Also the square outside the museum that has pleasant scenery of the harbor and river bank add extra charm to the museum. 

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Beside A-ma Temple, Southeast Region of the Macau Peninsula, China

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Main Sights

Maritime Museum, The Aquarium Gallery

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Travel Information

Admission for Maritime Museum:

Monday to Saturday:

10 - 17 years old: 5 patacas

18 - 65 years old: 10 patacas


10 - 17 years old: 3 patacas

18 - 65 years old: 5 patacas

(Free for children under 10 years old and adults over 65.)

Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 5:30PM (Closed on Tuesday)

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You can take bus No.2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 10A, 18, 28B and get off at A-ma Temple. The museum is aside of the temple.

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Travel Tips

1. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. Because at that time, the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.

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