Although Madeira is not so well known for its museums, it is never too much for the most curious. Madeira Island already has more than 600 years of history and obviously has a lot to tell. The museums that follow tell not only some of the events that took place but also some of the traditions and achievements of the Madeiran people. So, here’s a list of the museums you should visit in Madeira!
For football fans, there is a museum dedicated to and portraying the Madeiran football player Cristiano Ronaldo, located in one of the main tourist areas in the city of Funchal.
Opened in 2013, the museum currently has 1400 square meters of space, representing the best moments of the football player, including the more than 125 trophies won at the service of the clubs Andorinha, Nacional, Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and even of the National Team.
In front of the museum is the iconic bronze statue of Cristiano Ronaldo, designed by Madeiran sculptor Ricardo Velosa.
Madeira Whale Museum
Turning a little more to the animal variety, we also have the Whale Museum, located in Caniçal in the municipality of Machico. Opened in 1990, this museum has more than 1000 square meters recounting the rigorous history of whaling in the 20th century on the coast of Madeira.
It is also possible to see models with real sizes of Dolphins and Whales, showing the life of these beautiful mammalian creatures in a more interactive way with the use of audio guides in several languages and with stereoscopic 3D technologies.
Finally, the Museum’s main objective is to preserve the heritage and historical knowledge about whaling in Madeira, as well as the creation and dissemination of scientific content on cetaceans and the marine environment with environmental responsibilities.
3d Fun Art Museum
But don’t think that all museums are just history because I present you with the 3D Fun Art Museum, a museum more for the entertainment part. Opened in 2019 on Funchal, this museum has more than 40 different 3D scenarios, ideas for photos, some with optical illusions, making our imagination go further.
The museum’s look blends the science of perspective vision with the magic of illusion. You will surely spend a few hours having a lot of fun.
Madeira Press Museum
For those who like literature, don’t worry that Madeira has a specific museum for that. Located in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos and inaugurated in 2013 with an area of 2000 square meters, the museum shows mostly the heritage of the printing and press industry of the entire Autonomous Region of Madeira, as well as a site to promote activities of cultural dynamism.
Henrique and Francisco Franco Museum
Last but not least of the museums you should visit in Madeira! Speaking a little more about art, specifically modern art, this museum opened in 1987 where you can see all kinds of art from the 19th and 20th century, where you can find several oil paintings, drawings, engravings, and small frescoes made by Henrique Franco such as also sculptures, drawings and engravings by Francisco Franco.
This museum is dedicated to the study, conservation, presentation, and dissemination of their artistic works.
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