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Visiting Madeira : Museums Last Updated: Jun 28, 2008 - 12:29:23 AM

Visiting Madeira : Museums
Christopher Columbus Museum - Jun 3, 2008 - 4:15:41 PM
A lesser known fact but no less distinguishing for Porto Santo is that Christopher Columbus lived, married and had his son Diogo born on Porto Santo. His involvement in the sugar trade of Madeira led him to discover remnants of materials non-European on the shores of the small island. Hence, his belief in the Americas. The house which houses the museum is believed to be the former residence of the discoverer.    
Visiting Madeira : Museums
Museum of Contemporary Art - Jun 3, 2008 - 3:54:20 PM
One of Madeira's most recent museums now housed in one of Madeira's oldest buildings - the Forte São Tiago or Fort Saint James. In the Old Zone - Zona Velha - of Funchal. Apart from housing a permanent exhibition of contemporary Portuguese artists the museum is also home to many itinerant exhibitions. Including the recent Europe wide exhibition of Mediaeval and modern torture instruments.

Visiting Madeira : Museums
Museum of Sacred Art - Jun 2, 2008 - 6:04:19 PM
A fine and important museum in the very centre of Funchal. The museum houses several halls of significant fine art, sculpture and sacrilegious jewellery. Pride of place is the Flemish collection - a collection of sixteenth century wood or board painted sacred art works from Bruges and Antwerp. Imported during the wealth of sugar cane production on the island. The equally important gold-plated silver processional cross - a gift of King Manuel I of Portugal - is also on display.

Visiting Madeira : Museums
The "Casa da Luz" Electricity Museum - Jun 2, 2008 - 12:49:37 PM
One of the latest and most attractive museums to open in Madeira in recent times. The museum offers a nostalgic retrospective to the century old service offered by the Casa da Luz or "House of Electricity" - the electric utility company - in its 100 year sojourn to today, and its historical impact on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.
Visiting Madeira : Museums
The whale museum in Caniçal - Jun 2, 2008 - 11:47:16 AM
The hunting and poaching of whales was a practice seen off the coastline of Madeira for many years. In 1981 the hunting of whales was banned in Madeira and an important species, the sperm whale, was given another chance to recover from possible extinction.
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