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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  • August 20, 2017
    In the face of the cable car to Monte, pleasant restaurant perched terrace which offers a beautiful view of the sea below. Madeiran, and international cuisine do not rely on the card that can put off and suggest that there is nothing original, specialities of the island are there and of good quality. The service is attentive, although a bit slow with servers/waitresses speaking good English. An address to recommend with pretty decent prices
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  • August 14, 2017
    If you like the history of places this is then well worth the visit for you. It tells you all about the island and it's settlers.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    From this point it is best to start visiting the island. Everything you need you get in a nutshell from the origins. discovery of the island after the modern era. There are wax figures (very realistic).
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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).

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