Interactive exhibits boost Macau’s museums

Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Macau Grand Prix Museum Photo: IC

Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Macau Grand Prix Museum Photos: IC

Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Macau Grand Prix Museum Photo: IC

Standing on a podium and holding tall gold “trophies”, a gray-haired couple pose with smiling faces at the Macau Grand Prix Museum of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR).

After the “awards ceremony,” the couple continued to ride virtual motorcycles, posing for more photos wearing virtual costumes of their favorite racers and performing “interviews” on the race cars.

“These interactive experiences made the whole visit very special and unforgettable,” said the wife, a Macau resident surnamed Chan, who chose to come to the free museum on Wednesday, International Museum Day.

The museum said it received nearly 900 visitors on Wednesday thanks to the free ticketing policy and promotional activities, such as interactive games and giveaways showcasing the unique elements of the museum.

The Macau Grand Prix Museum is one of more than 30 museums scattered across Macau that showcase the city’s unique culture and history over the past four centuries where East and West have met.

Li Xi, associate executive dean of the Faculty of International Tourism and Management at the City University of Macau, said the origin of museums in Macau can be traced back to a museum of maritime affairs and fisheries founded in 1920 when the area was still under Portuguese control. ruler.

“After Macao returned to the motherland in 1999, museums focusing on various subjects emerged, including museums on maritime affairs, telecommunications, as well as museums on historical figures, history and art. “, did he declare.

Macau Museums of Night Watches and Ne Zha, a Chinese mythological figure, embody typical Chinese cultural elements, while museums of Catholic art and Portuguese-style residences showcase the heritage of Western culture in Macau , according to Li.

Exhibits in more comprehensive museums such as the Macau Museum and the Macau Museum of Art show the historical integration of Eastern and Western cultures in the city.

According to a survey released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) under the Macao SAR government, the popularity of museums among all cultural activities increased by 60.6% among local residents in the second quarter of 2021.

In 2022, to celebrate the International Museum Day theme “The Power of Museums”, about 20 museums in Macau will jointly organize a carnival on May 29, offering interactive activities to the public, such as a treasure hunt at the Handover Gifts Museum. of Macau and a virtual journey of the maritime spice trade at the Maritime Museum.

At the beginning of May, the Macau Government Tourism Office organized a series of workshops in museums. The Macau Museum of Art, for example, offered painting workshops for children aged 5 to 10, where teachers guided children through museum exhibits and taught them how to paint.

George Leung, one of the students, said the special course was very engaging because it not only helped him better understand the exhibits, but also taught him how to incorporate painting skills into his own works.

The office said it encourages museums to continue to innovate and inject strength into the tourism market.

“Macao’s various museums provide multiple choices for tourists and help to increase their understanding of Macao’s history and culture, becoming an important source of unique souvenirs,” Li said.

Julia P. Cluff