We bet you didn’t know about these special museums in Macau covering everything from natural resources to the art of winemaking, fire safety, culture, and history. Even better—these museums are all free! The perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon with the family!
Natural and Agrarian Museum
Nestled inside the Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane, the exhibit is divided into five segments; Geography of Macao, Farming Tools of the Islands in Olden Days, the Lives of Farmers, Specimens of Animals, and Specimens of Plants. The museum focuses on Macau’s cultivation and agriculture from the past with tools and machines that are no longer being used today. After a tour of the museum, take a stroll in the park and immerse in the greenery of the surroundings. 10:00am–5:00pm, closed on Mondays, open on public holidays. Free admission.
The Macau Wine Museum is located next to the Grand Prix Museum. The museum includes displays of Portuguese wines, shown in accordance with the vintage’s respective region of origin, and a wine tasting station. Learn some cultural knowledge about wine and its influences in the region. 10:00am–8:00pm, closed on Tuesdays. Free admission; MOP $15 includes wine tasting.
Fire Services Museum
With a beautiful yellow exterior, the Fire Services Musuem building was built in 1920. Artifacts, tools, uniforms, photos, and more definitely make it a top destination to visit with the kids. Enjoy the many vehicles and instruments used to rescue people from emergency situations. Open daily, 10:00am–6:00pm. Free admission.
Tak Seng On Pawnshop (“The Virtue and Success” Pawnshop) was established in 1917. The architecture, interior design, and furniture would have been very similar to pawnshops in mainland China at that time. To preserve the cultural heritage of Macau, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government undertook the restoration of Tak Seng On. In September 2004, Macau’s “Tak Seng On Pawnshop” received an honorable mention in the UNESCO 2004 Asia-Pacific Awards for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Free admission.
Handover Gifts Museum of Macao
The Handover Gifts Museum of Macao is built on the site of the Macao Handover Ceremony of the Sino-Portuguese Governments. Now, it is the location for the exhibition of the handover gifts.
Inside, visitors can see the auspicious gifts offered by the 56 ethnic groups of China to celebrate the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region. These gifts were well-designed with the nation’s unique artistic regional styles and represent best wishes of the ethnic groups towards Macau’s prosperous future. Free admission.