Quinta das Cruzes Museum

Museum in Funchal (Madeira)

Museu Da Quinta Das Cruzes
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Quinta das Cruzes Museum has been open to the public since 1953.  The museum is not only a showcase of a vast collection of artworks but also holds a unique historical significance deeply rooted in the city of Funchal. It served as the second residence for the family of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira.

This museum boasts a diverse array of art objects, furniture of Portuguese and foreign (primarily English) origin, as well as various pieces of jewellery, ceramics, and sculpture. Among the notable furniture exhibits is the ‘Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton’ collection, showcasing English influences. Additionally, a set of 17th-century Portuguese furniture, crafted from exotic woods mainly imported from Brazil, captures attention.

The porcelain collection is divided into European and oriental categories. European porcelain features articles from renowned makers like Meissen, Bristol, or Vista Alegre. The oriental porcelain section highlights Chinese pieces from the Qing dynasty.

Visitors to the Quinta das Cruzes Museum can also marvel at a collection of Luso-Oriental artworks, with original pieces dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. A noteworthy set of sculptures takes centre stage, particularly emphasizing terracotta nativity scene figures produced predominantly in the 18th century. This museum provides a rich tapestry of history and art, offering a glimpse into Madeira’s cultural and artistic heritage.

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Visiting Quinta das Cruzes Museum


Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 17:30 | Closed: Sunday, Monday and Public holidays


Adults: €3.00

Address: Museu da Quinta das Cruzes, Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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