Whether your liking is for paintings, sculptures, art installations or history, Macau has something to offer around almost every corner along the cobblestone streets. And if it’s a concert perhaps an exhibition, Macau offers a perfect stage within heritage listed surrounds.
1. Tap Seac Gallery
It’s marvellous what a coat of paint can achieve. No exception is the yellow and red brick Tap Seac Gallery, originally a series of separate two-storey houses. Today, after joining the houses, the complex acts as an art gallery with its Roman arched doors and timber louvers.
2. Macau Museum of Art
As the region’s largest gallery of local art, this museum has an impressive display of historical and contemporary works. Chinese calligraphy and ceramics sit alongside Western paintings and photography. There are also temporary exhibitions with a global appeal.
3. Museum of Sacred Art & Crypt
Beneath the Ruins of St Paul’s is a museum which preserves objects from colonial history. A collection focuses on silver liturgical objects and carved crucifixes, the highlight a portrait of St. Michael. The adjacent crypt houses the bones of martyrs and a granite tomb.
4. Dom Pedro V Theatre
Among a host of firsts for Macau is Dom Pedro V, the first Western-style theatre to be built in China. This attractive colonial style 1860-built landmark has survived many decades to remain a popular venue for important public events, concerts and celebrations.
5. Macau Maritime Museum
The past importance of Macau as a seaport to link the east with the west is revealed in this museum fronting the A-Ma Temple, the birthplace of today’s Macau. Exhibits showcase the life of fishermen from bygone days along with the vital Portuguese naval activities.
6. Ox Warehouse
Seems a strange venue for art but the Ox Warehouse, a former cattle depot, showcases some of Macau’s most extraordinary artworks by local artists. Paintings, sculptures, sketching, even art installations have gone on show. And the good news is that entry is free.
7. Handover Gifts Museum of Macau
A significant addition to the city’s attractions, this three-storey museum features exhibits on Macau’s culture and history along with the gifts presented by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China over the years.
8. The Mandarin's House
More than 60 rooms, grouped around a series of courtyards, fuse Chinese conventions with Western and Indian ornamentations. The main hall’s French windows sit below an ornate Chinese beamed ceiling, while the open-air corridors give the museum an enchanting aura.
9. Museum of the Holy House of Mercy
Inside the UNESCO-listed Santa Casa Di Misericordia in Senado Square a small museum exhibiting precious objects from the complex’s history, including ancient Chinese manuscripts, ivory statues and the relics of Macau’s first bishop.
10. Na Tcha Temple
Located behind the Ruins of St Paul’s is an 1888-built temple built to pay homage to the child “god of war” during a plague. The small traditional Chinese temple is a simple, single chamber building with protective ceramic animal figures on ridge of the roof.