Museu da Baleia (Madeira)

Museum in Machico (Madeira)

Museu Da Baleia Da Madeira
Reserved / Museu da Baleia da Madeira

The permanent exhibitions at the Madeira Whale Museum span over 1,000m2 across two rooms, inviting visitors to explore the waters surrounding Madeira and learn about the diverse marine life, including whales, dolphins, and other inhabitants of these seas. Open to the public since September 2011, the museum provides insights into the history of whaling in Madeira and its impact on the region.

The journey begins in the Whaling Room, where visitors rediscover ancient times through a collection of objects, printed images, movies, and multimedia kiosks. This room covers various thematic areas, such as the operation of the lookout network, the processing factory, hunting techniques, the reconstruction of whaling fleets and crews, and the global context of whaling in Madeira.

Notable features in this room include two original whaling boats and a mosaic composed of 84 photographs, paying tribute to the courageous whalers who faced the challenges of the seas to provide for their families.

Transitioning to the present, visitors are invited to “dive into the vast sea.” The exhibition showcases full-size models of whales, dolphins, and other marine creatures, alongside stereoscopic 3D movies and multimedia content. Through interactive kiosks and simulators, visitors can delve into various marine topics, gaining insights into marine mammals and their relationship with the oceans, particularly the seas around Madeira.

To enhance the visitor experience, the museum provides audio guides and captioned information in five languages, ensuring that all visitors can access information at their own pace. The combination of historical and natural collections, videos, photographs, objects, and simulators offers a comprehensive exploration of the marine world and the history of whaling in Madeira.

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Visiting Museu da Baleia (Madeira)


Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Closed Mondays


Adults: €10,00

Address: Museu da Baleia da Madeira, Rua Garcia Moniz, Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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