Taipa Houses Museum
The Taipa Houses-Museum is located at Avenida da Praia in Taipa. Isolated from all the other museums of Macau, the Taipa Houses-Museum is quite different from the other museums of Macau. The complex features five houses each displaying various artifacts and exhibits. The houses were built in 1921. The last restoration was done in 1999.
The old colonial residential buildings were restored to recreate the atmosphere of the houses of well-to-do Portuguese families who live in Macao at the beginning of the 20th century.
Like most substantial houses of the time, the interior is large, featurein ghigh ceilings, dining and living rooms, halls for games and card playing, kitchens located at the rear of the house, etc. Furnitures and decorations display a fusion of Portuguese and Chinese styles.
In addition, what differentiates the Taipa Houses-Museum from the other museums is its environment, its surroundings. The environment is very peaceful and serene, unlike the hustle-bustle and noisy surrounding of the city.
Also, you can just sit down and relax on the benches and admire the view of the sea, and see the Cotai Strip that's currently under construction.
The Taipa Houses-Museum, the Carmo Church, the Carmo Library, and the two little gardens, all together, form one of the eight views of Macau. All of these attractions are located in one area, near and along the Avenida da Praia.
The Taipa Houses-Museum includes five ordinary green houses with Macanese (mix of Macau and Portugal) architectural designs. It is considered one of the cultural relics and heritages of the Island.
These five blocks of jade green color little villas are the most cultural relic building and cultural heritage of the Island. At the same time, it is one of the most delightful sights in the whole of Macau.
The houses that comprise the Taipa Houses-Museum were established in the year 1921. Back then, they were the residences of very highly respected people who were considered as superiors among the people. Some Macanese families also lived in them.
In the 80's, the Tourist Department of Macau, now known as the Macau Government Tourist Office, bought and recovered the houses.
The government of Macau decided, in the late 90's, to fully remodel the houses and turn them into the Taipa Houses-Museum. This is to recognize the important architectural value of the houses and the history that these houses have.
The houses were named as "Macanese House," "House of the Islands," "House of the Portugal Regions," "Exhibition Gallery," and "House for Reception."
On December 5, 1999, the Taipa Houses-Museum was made open to public and is now administered by the Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau.
The first house in the Taipa Houses-Museum is the Macanese House. This 2 storey building is a showcase of the Macau colonial houses. It shows the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms and a bathroom.
This is a good reminder for the visitors of the period of Portuguese splendor. Inside the house, one can see very beautiful arrangements with a good mix of East and Western furniture and architectural designs.
Some of the objects inside the house date back to the beginning of the 20th century.
House of the Islands
Next to the Macanese House is the House of the Islands. This is the only museum where the history of the Taipa and Coloane Islands is exhibited. You can imagine these islands in the past by reviewing the past and the present on the Islands through artifacts, figures, traces, maps, and written description.
House of the Portugal Regions
The House of the Portugal Regions is where Portuguese costumes from different regions are shown. You can also see the various income-generating activities of the Portuguese people in the past.
There are contraptions and machines that are used in different kinds of livelihood activities. And of course, there is the traditional wine-making.
The Gallery has served as a venue to host different kinds of exhibitions periodically with theme of photography, western painting, Ceramics and ware, sculpture etc and so far the host has invited different artists from all over the world such as Korea, Poland and Shanghai.
House of Reception
The "House for Reception" is designated only for private or government reception, as well as cultural events and gastronomy festivals.
The Taipa Houses-Museum in Taipa, Macau is one of the most unique museums in the world. This museum is a very peaceful and beautiful place to visit, especially on a Sunday morning or afternoon.
If you want to get away from the busy streets of the city, even for just a little while, you should go and see the Taipa Houses-Museum.
Aside from the fact that it's only a bus ride away from the center of Macau, you can relax and enjoy the view and have a great time with your family and friends as well.
TOP of Taipa Houses-Museum
Admission: MOP$ 5 for 3 houses only. Free admissions on Tuesday.
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.
Photos: Otherwise noted ALL photos from IACM Taipa Houses Museum