The taste for objects, especially those related to Madeira, had in Frederico Augusto de Freitas, a Funchalese notary, a meticulous and dedicated collector. When he moved into this house, he found enough space to place the hundreds of pieces he had collected during his life. You will find almost anything in this museum, from English style furniture, ivory and paintings to pottery, religious images and an outstanding collection of glazed tiles… just to name some of the exhibits on display.
When Frederico de Freitas died, he left his collection to the Autonomous Region, in the sequence of which the building was expropriated by the Regional Government, which then started rebuilding and restoration works on the house for the purpose of opening it to the public as a museum.
With the dining table always being laid, the fresh flowers in the vase and the winter garden being well looked after… you get the impression that someone is actually still living there!