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Taipa Houses-Museum

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Address: Avenida da Praia, Taipa, Macao
Ticket: Free Admission
Opening hours: 10h00—18h00 (Closed on Mondays, open during public holidays)
Built in 1921, these 5 villas had been the residences of high officials and Macanese families of the outlying islands in the past. These two-storey buildings underwent restoration in the 1980s, 1992 and were then opened to public in 1999 as the Taipa Houses-Museum.
With the entrance ticket purchased at the small kiosk located outside the precinct of the Houses-Museum, visitors begin their tour of the first three buildings, namely “Macanese House”, “House of the Islands” and “House of the Portuguese Regions”, lying from close to far.
The furnishings of the “Macanese House” are typical of Macanese families. The term Macanese refers to those Portuguese and their posterity who grew up or lived permanently in Macao. They married the locals and settled down in Macao to give rise to generations of mixed blood descendants. They are a unique community for their lifestyle and mores have been influenced by the native culture.

The “House of the Islands” adjacent to “Macanese House” has an impressive collection of historic relics, pictures and textual information to depict the past livelihood of the inhabitants of Taipa and Coloane and sceneries of the islands. The display sessions are themed into “changes in landforms of the islands”, “Trade and profession”, “education” (primary and secondary schools of Taipa and Coloane) and public services (different government bodies).

The “House of the Portuguese Regions” makes use of pictures, real objects (like costumes, accessories and handicrafts) and scene simulation for visitors to feel the ethnic flavors peculiar to different regions of Portugal. 

The “Exhibition Gallery” that follows is the seat for staging exhibitions on photography, Western painting, ceramics and works of sculpture of renowned artists worldwide on a non-regular basis. These displays stimulate cultural and art exchange between the locals, visiting tourists and the artists.

The last villa, “Reception House”, is merely for holding official banquets, talks on arts and culture, gourmet events and not opened for public.