"Maritime Museum" Maritime Museum Tip by xiquinho

Maritime Museum, Macao: 10 reviews and 24 photos

If the history of Macau is really connected to the sea, there is, indeed, no better place for the Maritime Museum, than the Square of the Barra Pagoda, dedicated to the Taoist goddess "A-MA", the protector of the fishermen, and also believed as the place where the Portuguese landed for the first time. The place was called "A MA GAO" at the time (the harbour of A-MA) - hence the name of Macau. This is precisely the spot where the Maritime Museum is located and its building has the stylised form of a sailing ship anchored in the waters of the Inner Harbour.

On the ground floor the visitor can find the traditions and the way of life of the fishermen in Macau and South China: there are several types of ships, instruments and ways of fishing, different varieties of fish and shellfish living in these waters and even a copy of the house of a fisherman, where the whole family can be seen sharing the tasks which precede or follow the fishing activities.

The visitor should note the "Little A-Ma Theatre" which cheerfully tells the legend of this Goddess in Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

On the Mezzanine: the visitor will find a very interesting group of 14 copies of Portuguese traditional ships, including notes on their origins and functions, together with beautiful models of the ships: the Sagres and the Crioula.

Address: Largo do Pagode da Barra, 1.
Directions: The Museum includes a nice esplanade by the river with a bar, open from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays). On the ground floor of the Museum there is a shop selling different souvenirs and printed editions about the city of Macau, maps, etc.
Phone: 853-28595481
Website: http://www.museumaritimo.gov.mo/index_e.html

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  • Written Oct 20, 2004
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