Museums and Opening Hours

Funchal

Madeira Story Centre
Expositions: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs
Shop: 10.00 – 19.00 hrs
(Open daily except for Christmas Day)

This spectacular, interactive museum allows the visitor to go back in time on a virtual journey and ‘relive’ in chronological sequence the archipelago’s great historic events, from its volcanic birth 14 million years ago to the first hydroplane landing in Madeira, from the times of the Infant D. Henrique to Napoleon and Churchill.

The Madeira Story Centre also offers a multifunctional panoramic terrace equipped with telescopes, a theme café and a souvenir shop with exclusive Madeira-related articles.
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Contemporary Art Museum
Monday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 17.30 h
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Location: Forte São Tiago – old town

This museum in this unique location shows a collection of Portuguese contemporary art. It organizes several exhibitions by inviting artists and works from other galleries and institutions.
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Sacred Art Museum
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 18.00 h
Location: Rua do Bispo

Exhibits: Religious sculptures from the 16th to the 18th century and sacred jewellery from the 17th and 18th centuries
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City's Museum
Monday to Friday - 09.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 17.30 h
Location: Largo do Colégio

Located within the Town Hall, this museum shows the 500 years of existence of Funchal city.
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Universo de Memórias
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.00 h and 14.00 to 17.00 h Sundays - 10.00 to 12.00 h
Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Location: Calçada do Pico

This ‘Universe of Memories’ (Universo de Memórias) was founded and financed by the present Secretary of Tourism, João Carlos Abreu, and reflects his life as traveler, journalist and public personality. Ten thousand pieces such as books, ceramics, paintings and bronze objects from all over the world are exhibited in 14 rooms in a house located right opposite the entrance to the Quinta das Cruzes museum. There is also a Tea House in this museum with free entrance.
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Núcleo Museológico da Cidade do Açúcar-CMF (Sugar Museum)
Monday to Friday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 18.00 h
Location: Praça Colombo

In this exposition especially dedicated to sugar, the visitor learns about the role that the fabrication and exportation of sugar played in the economic and social life Madeira’s and its cultural and artistic influences during the 15th and 16th century.
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Mário Barbeito de Vasconcelos Library Museum
Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 13.00 h and 15.00 to 18.00 h
Saturday - 09.30 to 13.00 h
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Location: Avenida Arriaga

This museum offers a collection about Christopher Columbus, rare books and coins. It also focuses on Madeira's history.
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Henrique e Francisco Franco Museum
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.30 to 17.30 h
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Location: Rua João de Deus

As the name says, the Henrique and Francisco Franco brothers created the masterpieces presented here.
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Frederico de Freitas House Museum
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 18.00 h
Sunday - 10.00 to 12.30 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Calçada de Santa Clara

Here you will find several thematic exhibitions such as tiles, religious sculptures, furniture and pottery.
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Quinta das Cruzes Museum
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 17.30 h
Sunday - 10.00 to 13.00 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Calçada do Pico

Exhibits: Portuguese and furniture from other countries from the 16th to the 19th century. Porcelains and Portuguese faience from the 17th to the 19th century. Portuguese sculpture and paintings.
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Funchal's Municipal Museum
Tuesday to Friday - 10.00 to 18.00 h
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays - 12.00 to 18.00 h
Location: Rua da Mouraria

This is the place to find the fauna, flora and geology of Madeira Island. It also boasts an aquarium and the Municipal Library.
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Wine Museum
Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 17.00 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Rua 5 de Outubro

If you want to know more about Madeira Wine, this museum is a ‘must see’. You will find anything from pictures to machinery, all related to the culture and production of wine.
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Madeira Wine Museum
Monday to Friday - 09.00 to15.00 h
Saturday - 09.00 to 14.00 h
Location: Avenida Arriaga

In the oldest Madeira Wine cellars you can see documents, books and machinery testifying the old days of Madeira Wine production.
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IBTAM
Monday to Friday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.30 to 17.30 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Rua Visconde de Anadia

This place exhibits Madeira embroidery, side by side with traditional costumes and furniture.
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Electricity Museum
Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 18.00 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Rua da Casa da Luz

Rare machinery and equipment from over a century related to electricity generation.
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Ribeira Brava


Madeira's Ethnographical Museum
Tuesday to Sunday - 10.00 to 12.30 h and 14.00 to 18.00 h
Closed on public holidays
Location: Rua São Francisco

This museum gathers ethnographical objects relating to the regional culture and society.
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Calheta

Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas

Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00 to 19.00 hrs
(Entrance fee € 5,00 – 50 % discount for senior citizens and children)

The new Art Centre of Casa das Mudas, its design a piece of art itself, which was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe 2005 architecture award, has a programme of temporary expositions featuring all kinds of arts and styles by local, national and international artists. There are also frequent dance, theatre and other artistic performances.
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Machico


Whale Museum
Tuesday to Sunday - 10.00 to 12.00 h and 13.00 to 18.00 h
Location: Caniçal

Exhibits: An interesting collection of artefacts related to the whale fishing industry, which was very important in Madeira until the 1970's.