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Madeira Story Centre
Madeira Story Centre

Madeira Story Centre

Daily 10am-6pm
Rua Dom Carlos, 27, Funchal, 9060-051

The basics

A popular attraction suited to kids and adults alike, the Madeira Story Centre aims to present the archipelago’s history in an accessible and interactive format that stimulates all five senses. Divided into eight sections—The Volcanic Origins, Legends of Discovery, Discovery of Madeira, Turmoil and Trade, Strategic Island, Madeira Development, After Navigation, and Exploring Madeira—the museum’s exhibition areas feature multimedia displays, costumed mannequins, rare artifacts, digital installations, and even thematic gardens, which introduce visitors to some of the archipelago’s native plant species.

The Madeira Story Centre is located in Funchal’s Old Town (Zona Velha) and is easily explored independently. With its friendly exhibitions and accessible size, the landmark can be paired with other nearby highlights as part of a cultural day out in the city.

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Things to know before you go

*After exploring its exhibitions, head to the museum’s rooftop for panoramic views over the city; a telescope is also installed to aid your sightseeing. *The Madeira Story Centre’s on-site restaurant specializes in traditional dishes, and boasts an attractive terrace setting; museum visitors receive a 10% discount. *Head to the museum’s expansive gift shop: in addition to typical souvenirs, it also sells an array of handmade crafts and other artisan goods.

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How to get there

The Madeira Story Centre is located at Rua D. Carlos I Nº27-29, in the heart of Funchal’s Old Town (Zona Velha). The museum can be reached by taxi, by bike, on foot, or by numerous local bus lines. It’s also situated just adjacent to the Funchal Cable Car station, which connects the city with lofty Monte.

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When to get there

The museum is open daily except December 25, from 9am—7pm. The Madeira Story Centre Restaurant is open daily from 9am–midnight. The museum recommends visitors set aside between 1–2 hours to fully discover its collection and other offerings.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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