Macau Gallery, situated in Bukit Peringgit in Malacca, is a double-storey complex showcasing the best of Macau for those who would like to know more about this interesting region. Lying on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, Macau was formerly administered by Portugal and shares a lot of similarities with Malacca in terms of culture and architecture, and while it is mostly known as gambling central, Macau has a lot more to offer, especially for history and culture aficionados.
Housed in a pre-WWII English bungalow, the complex was first used as a government office before it went through renovations to become the Macau Gallery. With details such as the intricate Straits-themed tiles gracing the floors and beautiful Siamese architecture, the gallery itself is a handsome feature in Bukit Peringgit, and is enticing enough to lure visitors onto its premises. Entrance to the gallery is free, and visitors are presented a leaflet with a map of the gallery map.
Upon entrance to the ground floor, visitors are first greeted with a central information centre, and two of the four exhibition areas, ‘Macau Events’ and ‘Macau World Heritage’. ‘Macau Events’ showcases events happening around Macau all year round, such as the Macau Grand Prix and Mid-Autumn Festival, while the Macau World Heritage focuses more on historical sites around the region, and is laden with models of monuments such as the A-Ma Temple and the Leal Senado Building.
The first floor of the building features two more galleries, which are ‘Maritime Routes’ and ‘Origins and Culture’. ‘Maritime Routes’ is especially enlightening, as it narrates the history of the Portuguese and Chinese during the 15th to 17th centuries using thematic maps, ship models and knots handicrafts. ‘Origins and Culture’ further elaborates the culture and history of Macau, with exhibitions of cartography, ship replicas, traditions and customs – all inside anti-reflective glass cases.
Besides the galleries, the Macau Gallery has a small coffee and tea break seating area, a library and a multipurpose room that can be rented for personal functions. To get to Macau Gallery, take the Panorama bus (going towards Hospital Melaka/Bukit Baru/Bukit Katil) from Melaka Sentral, and alight in front of Hospital Melaka. The gallery is within ten minutes’ walk from the hospital.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
- Address: 6, Bukit Peringgit, Malacca
- Tel: +606 286 9939