Funchal Electricity Museum

Museum in Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal Electricity Museum
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Referred to locally as ‘Casa da Luz,’ the Museu da Eletricidade in Funchal serves as a repository for exhibitions detailing the evolution of the electricity grid in the region, offering a captivating journey through the archipelago’s history and beyond.

Located on the premises of the former Funchal Power Station, which commenced operations in 1897 under the ownership of the initial electricity concessionaire in Madeira, the ‘Madeira Electric Lighting Company Limited.’ Following the establishment of the Municipal Services of Electricity in 1949, the Power Station ceased operations in 1989. Since then, it has been transformed to house the Museu da Eletricidade collection, featuring rare models of antiquated machines and appliances.

The museum comprises various exhibition areas, including one dedicated to the ‘Lights of Funchal,’ showcasing the different types of lighting used in the city throughout its history. Another section, ‘A Century of Electricity,’ provides an evolutionary account of electrification in the archipelago. The ‘Energy Sources’ exhibition delves into topics like renewable energy sources, offering insights into the future.

Equipped with state-of-the-art interactive resources, the Museu da Eletricidade also features a temporary exhibition space, a documentation center, an auditorium, a gift shop, and a cafeteria.

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Visiting Funchal Electricity Museum


Tuesday to Friday: 10h00-12h30 | 14h00-18h00 | Saturday: 09h30-16h00 | Closed: Monday, Sunday and public holidays


Adult: €2.70

Address: Museu de Electricidade Casa da Luz, Rua Casa da Luz, Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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