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Madeira Whale Museum

Rua Garcia Moniz 1, Canical, Madeira 9200-031, Portugal
+351 291 961 858
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Over-engineered and over-priced

As an exercise in making a little go a long way, this museum excels. There are only so many times... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Robin O
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London, United Kingdom
Modern museum with interactive multilingual exhibitions

The museum offers audio guides for every visitor in multiple languages, with special versions of... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Pantelejka
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Zurich, Switzerland
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The Whale Museum in Madeira is currently one of the most innovative museums of its kind in the world. Holder of a valuable museographic collection, this space rigorously documents the history of whaling in Madeira. Through stereoscopic 3D movies and among models of whales and dolphins in full size, visitors can learn about the life of these fantastic creatures and their marine environment in a fun and interactive way. The Whale Museum also promotes research on cetaceans and its preservation and study of the history of whaling in Madeira.
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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible2%
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Rua Garcia Moniz 1, Canical, Madeira 9200-031, Portugal
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+351 291 961 858
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an exercise in making a little go a long way, this museum excels. There are only so many times that you can hear that the Madeiran whalers led a dangerous existence but through their skill and bravery none of them died. Similarly after the...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

The museum offers audio guides for every visitor in multiple languages, with special versions of the text adapted for children (very practical when the family members are fluent in different languages). The whale hunting part is somewhat special, though still interesting. The second part of...More

1  Thank Pantelejka
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the museum with our two kids (6 and 8 years of age). The first part is about the history of whale hunting. Knowing its own history makes part of the culture and is needed in order to grow. In the second part you...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

In truth we only visited because the weather was so poor and we were nearby and needed to be inside. The building is very modern and the exhibition is over 3 levels, curated by a headset that changes the audio based on where you are....More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

The Whale museum is divided in two: the first part narrates the history of whaling in Madeira, an enterprise that lasted about 50 years. The second section supplies an exhaustive eduction on cetacean biology and evolution, most in informative 3D animations. For those with the...More

Thank dberis
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

It is a huge new museum. It is very educational but not enough attractive. I liked the part of the history of Whales in Madeira - but it was shown without any regret on this "production" and killing.

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

A good overview for whaling in Madeira, and entertaining 3D films, an exceptional experience. Every detail is well researched and prepared. Interesting for kids of all ages.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Went as recomended but not sure what to expect. Was amazed how long we spent in what seemed a short time really interesting. The bottom floor is all about the history and story of whaling in Madeira, the next floor about whales and dolphins and...More

1  Thank Dissapointed964
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We didn't know what to expect from such a museum but it was nice to see that it was so well maintained. It is also both very interesting and educative. The exhibit can be split into two parts. The first one is a presentation of...More

Thank Nik R
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Not too far from the airport by car so we did this on our last day. Quite uninspiring from outside and reception. Had audio head and handset. Ate first in the cafe - Lovely food - hamburger and salad in Madeiran bread, with coke.History of...More

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HI. Your Hotel Reception will have an up to date bus timetable. A Taxi would be very expensive maybe 50 -60 Euros possibly more -- that is each way . I would go to the Bus Terminus which is on the west side of Dolce Vita... More
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