One of the most important of the island's many museums, it tells the story of how Macau has constantly been connected to the sea, which consequently led to its colonisation by the Portuguese and its subsequent rich history. The Maritime Museum is just beside the sea and the A-Ma Temple (the Goddess and protector of fisherman).
Situated in Barra Pagoda Square, it was inaugurated in 1987, and housed in an old mansion and the exhibits were then re-housed in a more modern, purpose-built building in 1990. Exhibits focus on Portuguese and Chinese maritime themes with videos, models and actual parts of vessels as well as archaeological discoveries which were unearthed in 1993 during reclamation work for Macau Airport.
The architectural façade of the Museum gives the viewer an impression of a stylized vessel. This new building is located near the river, in the same square as the original house. Exhibits display the traditions and techniques of Macau fishermen, as well as other regions of South China. Models of vessels, explanations of different fishing techniques, costumes, and implements used at the shipyards can be observed, among other related objects. Reference is also made to the special festivals of these communities.
There is a continuous presentation of video films showing differing fishing techniques and nautical workmanship and construction, and a diorama shows the location of different fish species in the surrounding waters of the island. One of the special exhibits is a model of a dragon boat largely constructed of whalebone that was donated by a local temple. On the top floor stands a model of the Guia Lighthouse and various nautical instruments from the 18th – 20th centuries.
Macau Maritime Museum
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Address: 1, Largo do Pagode da Barra