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Madeira Story Centre, Funchal

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View interactive displays about Madeira's history and culture at Madeira Story Centre, presented chronologically from the volcanic eruptions that created the island to current trends. See realistic-looking busts of historical characters and pirates, and read about the ways of life at this isolated site on the Atlantic Ocean. Explore Madeira's 14 million years of existence through the use of sight, sound, smell, and games, and then step out to the terrace to peer through the binoculars for a panoramic view of Funchal's Old Town. Check out the gift shop where you can get traditional souvenirs, such as Madeiran caps and boots. Work out when and for how long to visit Madeira Story Centre and other Funchal attractions using our handy Funchal tourist route planner.
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Where to stay in Funchal

Funchal's array of accommodation presents an interesting conundrum, as many of the upscale hotels and budget options lie outside the city center. If you opt to stay there, you'll need transportation in order to best explore the city. Luxury hotels touting outdoor pools, spas, exclusive restaurants, and other amenities certainly dazzle with their locations along the coast. To get a taste of authentic Madeira culture and history, try staying at one of the
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  • A place of relaxation and ideal for a good meal or a coffee time in the middle of old Funchal city is the Madeira Story Center roof garden restaurant. The entrance is not easy to find. This makes the ...  more »
  • Good exhibits telling the story of the island. Particularly liked phots of the early travellers, and sitting in a mock-up of the first seaplane from Britain.  more »
  • A very interesting view through the history of Madeira and on the roof a restaurant with views of the cable cars and over parts of the old town  more »
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  • Overall good experience, just had to asked for a wifi password three times. Restaurant was pretty empty during our visit (late April).
  • With scant artefacts, it's hardly a museum but a decent story centre. Well worth €5 and 1.5 hour.
  • Loved this museum and learned a lot about the history of the island. It wasn't a giant space, but they make good use of the space that they have.
  • Great gift shop and cafe to cool down from the sun. You can sit outside with a nice coffee if you prefer and watch the cable cars go up and down the mountain or watch the cruise ships in the harbour. Great friendly service.
  • One of my new favorite places on this planet. We spent a short day exploring this beautiful town. I recommend the violin restaurant by the gondolas first pillar. The steak on the stone was phenomenal (be ready to flip it yourself and cook it to your own taste. If you like your meat well done, cut it into thinner slices).