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Maritime Museum, Macau

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Acquaint yourself with the significance of the sea in Macau culture at Maritime Museum, featuring a wide range of exhibits. Check out the ethnology section in the basement, which showcases fishing techniques, boat models, and traditional customs of the fishermen. Learn about the history of maritime navigation, and view a three-dimensional replica of the Macau harbor. On the top floor you can examine the technology display, which features nautical instruments such as telescopes, octants, and compasses from different time periods. View the four aquariums containing fish species from different environments and a collection of seashells from around the world. Use our Macau trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Maritime Museum and other attractions in Macau.
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  • It’s a nice museum with many miniature ships and a beautiful set out.It was opened to the public in 1987.It is a nice place to take kids because there are many designs and pictures about the... 
    It’s a nice museum with many miniature ships and a beautiful set out.It was opened to the public in 1987.It is a nice place to take kids because there are many designs and pictures about the...  more »
  • Nice museum with plenty of miniature ships and description of fishermen's life in Macau. Just opposite A Ma's temple so it is worthwhile just to drop by. Only a small entrance fee. 
    Nice museum with plenty of miniature ships and description of fishermen's life in Macau. Just opposite A Ma's temple so it is worthwhile just to drop by. Only a small entrance fee.  more »
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  • Maritime Museum which registers Macau's history on boats, fishing practices, fishing community, maritime trade routes, etc. An interesting, well presented content. The building is of a descrete PoMo, with outdoor canopy made to ressemble sails.
  • The Maritime Museum (MOP10 for adults over 17, only MOP5 of Sunday) is easily one of Macau's best museums and is conveniently located just across from the famous A-Ma Temple. Here you can see four floors of exhibitions, displays and information related to local maritime activity and how Macau was shaped throughout history due to its proximity to the sea. There are many interesting things to see here. You can visit in as little as 20-30 minutes or spend a couple hours visiting more thoroughly if you enjoy this type of speciality museum. We particularly enjoyed the various model ships of historical Chinese and Portuguese design and as well as the models of more model vessels found throughout the Maritime Musuem. On the ground floor there is also an interesting "Little A-Ma Theatre" witch helps explain the significance of this goddess, the role she played with early inhabits to the Macau islands. It also helps to establish context for the visit you may have just made to the active A-Ma Temple just across Barra Square. On the second floor there is a wall map that reveals ancient Chinese naval exploration which reached as far as the Red Sea and the coast of Africa back in the 14th century, long before the Europeans visited this part of the world for the first time in the 16th century. Similarly, on the third floor there is a 3D model of Macau during the 17th century, depicting what the city would have looked like during that time period, with its natural harbors, walls, fortifications and even farm land which is all but gone today, covered with densely populated housing districts. Many of the current World Heritage attractions are present on this map and were fun spotting out. Towards the end of the museum there are some aquariums with various fish that are worth a quick look. Outside there is a small cafe but large number of outdoor seats to have a rest. There is also a fun little junk-boat for children to get on for pictures as well as a long traditional dragon boat on display for visitors to see. Overall, the Maritime Museum is a good collection and nice endeavor made by the Macau Tourism Office to promote Macau's maritime history. We consider this one of the best museums in Macau and a worthy consideration for those interested in Macau's history or looking to take in a museum or two during their visit.

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