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Museums Tour (Self Guided), Funchal

Funchal is considered the second most important cultural city in Portugal, after Lisbon. Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, has been home to a valuable cultural history for over 500 years. The city boasts a great number of historical and cultural museums, revealing some interesting facts about Madeiran wine, crafts, art and much more. Take this tour to become better acquainted with the museums of Funchal.
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Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Funchal (See other walking tours in Funchal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: john
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Cassia Museu Quinta das Cruzes
  • Casa Museu Dr. Frederico de Freitas
  • Museu de Arte Sacra
  • Núcleo Museológico I.B.T.A.M
  • Museu da Electricidade
  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea
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Cassia Museu Quinta das Cruzes

1) Cassia Museu Quinta das Cruzes (must see)

The Quinta das Cruzes is a museum in Funchal, known for its vast art collections. The museum features decorative art from the early 16th century to the late 19th century. It contains works by various Portuguese artists and works from abroad. Also on display are great collections of furniture, jewelery, paintings and sculptures. On the museum’s premises you will find a well-preserved archaeological garden as well.
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Casa Museu Dr. Frederico de Freitas

2) Casa Museu Dr. Frederico de Freitas (must see)

The Casa Museu Dr. Frederico de Freitas used to be the residence of a famous collector and art lover from Funchal, Dr. Frederico de Freitas. It opened its gates as a museum in 1988. The most important collection in the museum is the decorative ceramic tiles from all over the world. The museum also features collections of pottery, glass and metal items.
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Museu de Arte Sacra

3) Museu de Arte Sacra (must see)

The Museu de Arte Sacra has a valuable reputation on the cultural scene of Funchal. Since its opening in 1955 it has become one of the most visited museums on Madeira Island. The venue hosts some notable pieces of art, collected from all over the world. The paintings are of Portuguese, Flemish and Madeiran influences.
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Núcleo Museológico I.B.T.A.M

4) Núcleo Museológico I.B.T.A.M

The Núcleo Museológico I.B.T.A.M (The Madeira Embroidery and Handicraft Institute) houses an important collection of embroideries from Madeira, such as valuable 19th and early 20th century embroidered clothing. It also demonstrates, with vivid examples, the embroidery process, including historical facts about the craft.
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Museu da Electricidade

5) Museu da Electricidade

The Museu da Electricidade was opened initially to celebrate the 100th anniversary of electricity in Madeira and soon became a very popular museum in Funchal. The museum has four main halls with many interesting items on display. It is worth a visit, offering visitors an opportunity to interact with various types of electrical equipment.
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Museu de Arte Contemporânea

6) Museu de Arte Contemporânea

The Museu de Arte Contemporânea (The Museum of Contemporary Art) is located in a former fortress called Saint Tiago. It has operated as a museum since 1992. The venue hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, from the 1960s to the present, including works of both Madeiran and international artists. Among others, you can find the works of Peter Casqueiro, Filipe Rocha and Lourdes Castro.

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Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles