Macau maritime Museum is built on that site where the first group of the Portuguese explorers landed on Macau in the year 1553. It occupies an area of about 800 square meters. It was enlarged in the year 1990 and this museum follows the typical layout of museum of European style. The exhibits explore the major themes on the history of the maritime industry in Macau, Portugal and China.
The main building of Macau Maritime Museum is three-storey white building which is architecture in the shape of a boat in a full sail. Big windows of glass providing an illusion of the observation tower of a boat. This museum building from a distance appears like a majestic boat which is anchoring at the tranquil port.
This museum has been divided into five sections. There are exhibits on the first floor portraying the techniques and traditions of the fishermen in Macau. These exhibits include the displaying of fishing techniques, fishing boat models and costumes. On the second floor, the exhibits survey the history of the geographical discoveries and Portuguese explorations. While the top floor of this house exhibits the marine transport and technology, navigation and dredging. The exhibits also includes the Guia Lighthouse which was the first lighthouse of China, various types of ropes, three-dimensional model of Macau and the variety of boat models.
The Aquarium Gallery of this museum has four tanks and each is devoted to a different theme of sub-water world. The first among these represent the fresh water river bed, second one a harbor and the third one a coral reef. The last tank features the sunken boat’s scenes in the deep sea.
There is a square outside this museum which you should not miss. From there you can get the scenery of the river bank as well as that of the busy harbor. Sail boats are also available for you if you wish to sail in the sea.