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Macau is an island not only blessed with beautiful nature and great weather, but is also rich in cultural and historical sights. Walking through the city alone can sometimes feel a bit like being in an outdoor museum and makes this the perfect destination for cultural enthusiasts. Macau offers plenty of museums for visitors who want to explore the former Portuguese colony's history, art, and architecture. This guide will help you find the most interesting museums and historical sights to make your trip an unforgettable one.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

10 Places

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10 Places

Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)

Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities

Macao Museum

Speciality Museums

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

St. Dominic's Church

Historic Sites

Macau Museum of Art

Art Museums

The Museum Of The Holy House Of Mercy Of Macau

Speciality Museums

Mandarin's House

Historic Sites

St. Michaels Chapel and Cemetery

Cemeteries

Teatro de Pedro V

Theatres

Macao Science Center

Science Museums

cafespecific's City Tips

  • Macau can be reached easily by boat from Hong Kong. The journey takes about an hour, which makes Macau a great destination for a day trip when you are in Hong Kong — or the other way around.
  • Macau's colonial past has had an interesting impact on local cuisine. Make sure to try some of the Chinese-Portuguese fusion restaurants when you are there.
  • In contrast to its sister Hong Kong, Macau is fairly small and it's easy to explore the island on foot.
  • Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities
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    cafespecific Says:

    Monte Forte is an old Portuguese military center, which today attracts tourists for both its historical significance and the great views you get when you climb up to the top. This almost 400 year old site was initially built to protect the properties of the Jesuits, and was later seized by the governor and used for the protection of Macau. Even though Monte Forte is not a museum, it's one of the most historic sites of Macau and should therefore definitely be part of your itinerary if you plan to explore the island's history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • On sunny days you'll have an incredible view from the top of the fort. You can even see Mainland China.
    • If you have enough time, visit the Macao Museum which is part of the fort.
    • All around the fort you will find cannons but note that none of them point at Mainland China.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Worth it! 07/04/2020
    • Awesome view 17/01/2020
    • Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)
    Address:
    Off Estrada do Repouso
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Macao Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    cafespecific Says:

    Macao Museum is the biggest museum in Macau and the best place to start your cultural adventure. The museum specializes in the island's international past and shows how people from all over the world have been living here side-by-side, making it a an island rich in culture and history. You will find exhibitions on Macau's original civilization, popular art and traditional culture, and on the Macau of today. This is the perfect place to get an overview of how Macau became what it is today.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Free entry on the 15th of every month!
    • The museum is built on a historic site of Macau, the Monte Forte, a former military center of the Portuguese colonialists.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Wonderful museum built inside a fortress. 06/08/2020
    • Worth a visit 25/03/2020
    • Macao Museum
    Address:
    No.112 Museum Qiandi
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2835 7911
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
  • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cafespecific Says:

    Senado Square is the main historic center of Macau and impresses visitors with its Mediterranean architecture and flair. The square is located close to Monte Forte and is the best place to experience Macau's historical past in real life. The mix of European architecture and Chinese elements is incredible and almost feels surreal. Come here for a little break after visiting the Macao Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will find many restaurants and cafés in this area. The perfect place to combine history with a little snack.
    • There is free WiFi!
    • A tourist information point is located right at one end of the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • exodus to the ruins.c 07/11/2021
    • Tourist spot 13/05/2021
    • Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
    Address:
    Central District of Macau Peninsula
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • St. Dominic's Church
    Historic Sites
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    cafespecific Says:

    St. Dominic's Church is a 16th century Baroque-style church, close to Largo do Senado. The church was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site and hosts a museum of sacred art inside its main building, exhibiting more than 300 artifacts.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Make sure you go inside. Both the church and the museum are free to enter.
    • Due to its location, St. Dominic's Church can become quite crowded in the afternoon. Arrive early for the best experience.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Beautiful Catholic Church 22/03/2020
    • Free museum within.... so why not check it out 18/02/2020
    • St. Dominic's Church
    Address:
    St Dominic's Square, Historic City Centre
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2836 7706
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Macau Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    cafespecific Says:

    The Macau Museum of Art is the only art museum in Macau and exhibits thousands of important paintings and other art pieces. There are both permanent exhibitions, mainly displaying Chinese calligraphy, paintings, seals, and copper ware; and changing exhibitions, which often focus on art by contemporary Macanese artists. Even though it mostly focuses on local art, the museum does also display many European paintings.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Children under 12 and adults 65+ get free entry. Sundays are free for everyone.
    • You can take a free shuttle bus from Taipa Ferry Terminal to Sands Casino, which is right next to the museum.
    • Check for touring exhibitions online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • When East meets West 09/11/2019
    • Good for art lovers 12/05/2019
    • Macau Museum of Art
    Address:
    Macao Culture Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai S/N NAPE
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +86 853 791 9814
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • The Museum Of The Holy House Of Mercy Of Macau
    Speciality Museums
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    cafespecific Says:

    Built by Macau's first bishop in 1569, the Museum of the Holy House of Mercy of Macau was initially established as a hospital for the local community. Later it became an orphanage for girls, then a refuge for widows of sailors lost at sea, and then ultimately, a museum. Today the building belongs to UNESCO World Heritage and exhibits religious sculptures, ancient porcelain, and even the skull of its founder. The building is of great importance for Macau and an interesting destination for history geeks.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Even if you are not to keen on visiting the museum, it's worth going inside for the great view of Senado Square, which you get from the museum's balcony.
    • The entrance is located in a small side street. Don't give up if you can't find it right away.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Average attraction 18/02/2020
    • A small tour but interesting 15/09/2019
    • The Museum Of The Holy House Of Mercy Of Macau
    Address:
    No.2 Lane Right, The Holy House
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2856 2708
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Mandarin's House
    Historic Sites
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    cafespecific Says:

    This former private residence is mainly known because it used to house the famous author and reformist Zheng Guanying, who completed his acclaimed masterpiece 'Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity' here. The house has 60 rooms and is built in the traditional Guangdong style with some European elements, which makes it especially interesting for visitors who have a keen eye for detail. Come here to get a real life experience of what it is like to be inside a traditional Guangdong residence.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you have time, you can walk here from Largo do Senado. Even though it takes a while, it's a nice walk.
    • It's free to enter Mandarin's House.
    • This is a very quiet place and great to have a small break.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • A delightful 07/10/2020
    • Many picture opportunities! 18/02/2020
    • Mandarin's House
    Address:
    No. 10,Travessa de Antonio da Silva
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2896 8820
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • St. Michaels Chapel and Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    cafespecific Says:

    Visiting St. Michaels Chapel and Cemetery is a great experience for anyone who is interested in Macau's international past and colorful history. Both the cemetery and the chapel belong to the most well-maintained relics from the colonial times and are worth visiting, even if you are not Christian or religious at all.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It is interesting to see Chinese names on the tomb stones of a Victorian cemetery.
    • There is a public toilet at the entrance to the cemetery.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Peaceful Haven 20/05/2019
    • Catholic cemetery with an attractive small chapel in St. Lazarus Quarter 19/02/2019
    • St. Michaels Chapel and Cemetery
    Address:
    2A, Estrada do Cemiterio
    Macau
    China
    Other:
  • Teatro de Pedro V
    Theatres
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    cafespecific Says:

    The Teatro de Pedro V was built in 1860 and is not only the oldest theater in Macau but also belongs to the first western-style theaters in China. Because of its age, the theater is of particular significance for Macau and attracts both locals and tourists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The theater's main hall can be entered without a ticket.
    • To get the full experience, come here when there is a concert.
    • Open between 10am and 6pm every day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • worth a quick stop 05/01/2020
    • Well Kept Heritage 18/04/2019
    • Teatro de Pedro V
    Address:
    Gangdingqiandi
    Macau
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Macao Science Center
    Science Museums
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    cafespecific Says:

    Macao Science Center entertains both children and adults with interactive and educational exhibitions on science, and also features a planetarium. The center covers many different areas of science and aims to educate its visitors by experience. This is a great alternative to the otherwise history-heavy museums of Macau and offers hours of entertainment. The museum is fairly new and was inaugurated by Chinese president Hu Jintao in 2009. The distinctive, asymmetrical shape of the main building have made it a well-known landmark and helped to show that there is more than just casinos to explore in Macau.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The entry to the science center is fairly cheap.
    • All exhibitions are inside and make this a great destination for rainy days.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 323 things to do in Macau
    • Fun afternoon to spend with your kids 30/12/2019
    • Under renovation 10/05/2019
    • Macao Science Center
    Address:
    Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen
    Macau
    China
    Phone:
    +853 2888 0822
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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