A Cidade do Açúcar Museum

Museum in Funchal (Madeira)

A Cidade Do Açúcar Museum
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Jane White

Positioned in a prime location, the A Cidade do Açúcar Museum commemorates the golden era of the sugar industry on Madeira. Inaugurated in 1996, it resides in the memory of a 19th-century Manueline house once owned by João Esmeraldo, a place that also hosted the renowned navigator Christopher Columbus temporarily.

The museum showcases a collection reflecting social life during the 15th and 16th centuries. Its exhibition space features an impressive array of Flemish sculptures and paintings, sugar-related artefacts, silver items, and a remarkable collection of items sourced from João Esmeraldo’s residence.

For visitors seeking insights into the diverse cultural facets of Madeira, the A Cidade do Açúcar Museum serves as a vital conduit, shedding light on the historical significance of the sugar cycle (15th-16th century) in the island’s development.

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Visiting A Cidade do Açúcar Museum


Monday to Friday 9:00 -17:30


Free entry

Address: Museu A Cidade do Açúcar, Praça De Colombo, Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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