Madeira Story Centre, Funchal

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#2 of 24 in Museums in Funchal
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. Plan your Madeira Story Centre visit and explore what else you can see and do in Funchal using our Funchal day trip tool .
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  • Well worth a visit to learn about the history of the island and how the complex water systems (Levada's) were constructed. Above the story centre is an excellent restaurant serving wonderful Madeira c...  more »
  • Just do it, it's well worth always a surprize around the next corner, climb a stair have local cuisine you will be amazed.  more »
  • A thoroughly interesting museum outlining Madeira's fascinating history in vivid detail, with some good interactive aspects and some very good waxworks too. The only thing that needs improvement is th...  more »
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  • Very nice visit to discover Madeira's fascinating history. Welcomed at the door by a charming young woman. Her energy and sparkle alone made you want to visit. Lots of interesting detail but not overwhelming. Super cafe/restaurant on the open deck on the third floor. Good views.
  • The photo linked to this place by Google is of the outdoor restaurant located on the second floor (rooftop dining). It has a good view and a gentle breeze on a warm summer evening. The food was good and a little pricey, but you get the rooftop dining area with a view of the park and coast. Come here for drinks to chill or to take in a slow dinner and relax. It's worth the time and trouble to figure out how to take the elevator up. And some nice historical photos decorating the walls on the first floor. Also, the gift shop adjacent to the Madeira Story Center on the first floor has all things made out of cork plus many other souvenirs. While not in the league of Enkanto Temptations gift shop located at the CR7 Hotel, the gift shop here is better than most about. [Enkanto Temptations has all post cards for .10 Euro each to lure you into the store, where they're counting on their epic bountiful offerings to make you dig deep for the plastic cards which incur deficit spending...]
  • Was a nice museum, informative. But I wish it it was more elaborated ( examples, more visuals) and make things a bit more interactive. But I still learnt many thing about madeira. I recommend the place.
  • Very interesting little place.. with cafe/ restaurant attached right in the bus station / cable car square... Worth a visit. ....especially if you have kids as there are quizzes along the way.
  • This is a very poor museum. Small, decrepit and totally overshadowed by the enormous (and not very good) cafe beneath it. Spend the money on the cable car or the botanical gardens instead.
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