Madeira Optics Museum, Funchal

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  • This was a really interesting little museum that we only discovered by chance when we searched the leaflets at the tourist office in Funchal. It consists of an array of old cameras, binoculars, telesc...  more »
  • We found this new museum by accident on one of our wanders but didn’t have time to go in until the following week.Brought back happy memories for hubby on his youth spent in darkrooms and finding a lo...  more »
  • OK, I admit it, this was something higher up on my list than my wife’s. However, we both enjoyed this. There is a reasonably eclectic collection of still and movie cameras but upstairs there was a loo...  more »
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  • A beautifully and carefully laid out museum in Funchal featuring a vast collection mainly consisting of cameras along with many binoculars, telescopes, and so on. Depending on your age this will either be a trip down memory lane or will open your eyes to a whole new (old) world of how photography used to be done. Once you've explored the camera, video camera, and binocular collection downstairs, head upstairs to see telescopes and photo developing equipment. There are also old films from Madeira projected onto the wall here, providing enormous historical interest - and comfy sofas to relax on while you watch! There's 20-30 minutes worth of viewing so a good chance to relax. Everything is clearly and informatively labelled in the exhibits. The museum is compact but has so much in it. You could do it in an hour but we happily spent two hours there. What really made it for us was the passion, enthusiasm, and friendliness of the owner/curator, who clearly had a real knowledge of the material. If you've any interest at all in optics this is definitely worth seeing.
  • Fascinating, especially if you like photography and cameras. Nice collection.. Sergio is very friendly and knowledgeable.. Well worth the small entrance fee..
  • Fantastic collection of all types of optical equipment, especially cameras. It is a labour of love for the owners. Please visit and support them.
  • Very friendly, an interesting collection. Great value if you like cameras.
  • A trip down memory lane through all those cameras and projectors you used in the past or saw your Dad/Grandad using. Other interesting collections of collectibles. Very friendly, helpful and informative proprietor. And free coffee....what's not to like!
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